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Mystery of Vastusashtra

Mystery of Vastusashtra



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Mystery of Vastusashtra
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After 1000 years of slavery and 50 years of freedom, withnew fond passion of VAASTU , it appears now that wemay have another theme of liberation which could be"VAASTU MATHRUM".It is a matter pride for us that our ancient Indians werelearned and enlightened people, and they havebestowed upon us the ancient knowledge of VAASTUand other occult sciences which are commonly known asShastras. Like may other ancient knowledge's of our ancient culture, VAASTU also has remained a secret andthrough the journey of 1000 years of slavery, the processof guru shishya education suffered set back and valuableknowledge of our ancient culture has come to a stage ofmere traditions and rituals which are followed withoutunderstanding; whether it is marriage ceremony, or Deepavali pooja or Griha pravesh.VAASTU is currently a fad in high society, and it is surprising that there are millions ofeducated "VAASTU IDIOTS" who seek VAASTU experts through yellow pages, and selfstyled VAASTU experts advertise in the classified columns of financial news papersoffering guaranteed results and financial gains in the name of modern PRACTICALVAASTU. It shows that even modern educated and learned people belonging to wealthycircles are quite superstitious and they are blind faith and "Andh Vishwasi".Here is the case of a rich man who bought a duplex apartment in a swanky Malabar Hillbuilding facing the Chowpatty sea-face in Mumbai. The apartment was designed insuch a way that the living room and the bedrooms faced the sea towards the south,since VAASTU is a fad, sure enough the VAASTU expert came, but a bit late via the yellowpages and as predicted the VAASTU expert put his foot down and said this was sacrilege.So what if the building was designed in such a way that itfaced the sea view towards the south? He asked. Thesouth was an awful direction, he declaimed, it was theplace of Yama (the God of Death) and of Agni (Fire),and the apartment would bring misery to its owner.Having invested a lot of money in the purchase ofapartment, now what? Was there a way out? Yes, therewas a way out. The apartment with a sea view (a featurethat attracts a premium in Mumbai) had to be altered,ruled the VAASTU expert. He proceeded to bring thekitchen, the servant's room and the internal staircase onthe sea-facing side and shifted the bedroom to theservice lane. Yet, the owner was quite pleased with allthese alterations and said, "Never mind the view, as longas I can maintain my wealth".It is surprising that today the learned and the successful people lack basic conviction oflogical reasoning and fall prey to superstitions and dictates of the unqualified, smart, self-styled experts in the name of VAASTU.
 I decried such blind superstition and wondered why nobody stopped to ask some simplequestions such as "Why is the south considered to be inauspicious? "As an avid reader and eager student of architecture, I went back to my books, I cameupon a map of ancient India tracing Indian civilization to the Indus Valley about 5,000years ago. When the Aryans came to the country they traveled along Taxila to Harappato Mohenjodaro and so on, moving from a north-westerly to an easterly direction andgoing down to the south.It is worthwhile to note that, all the rivers flowed from north to south, from the northernHimalyas down the slopes and into the ocean. When the Aryans came (from the north-west) they settled on the western banks of rivers. Since the rivers flowed from north tosouth, the new settlements were located in such a way that they could draw water upstream from the river. The water here was clean and potable. This was also the placewhere they built their holy ghats and their temples. As the town expanded, the sewagelines flowed downstream to the south. This was a natural, hygienic facet of town-planning. As a result, the southern side of the town w as dirty and the unhygienic part ofthe city. It was also the southern part of the town where the cremation ghats werelocated to ensure that the ashes flowed downstream and away from the town. The dirtyriver water, by process of aeration and exposure to the sun, became clean, clear andpotable about 100 miles downstream. And the next town was usually located about 100miles downstream from the earlier one.Such an environmental aspect of ancient Indian town-planning has lead to the myththat south belongs to the God of Death, and it is followed as BLIND RITUAL in the name ofVAASTU.Going by this logic, the Taj Mahal Hotel andGateway of India in Mumbai being to the south ofthe city - would have been the location for thecity's cremation ghats and Kanyakumari downsouth of India, the monumental place of SwamiVivekananda, should be the abode of "Yama", butthis is not the case.Thus, it is clear that the "location" of the God ofDeath to the south is a mere myth and there is nosense in blindly following all old rituals withoutlogical interpretation. "We are carrying our ritualstoo far forwards".There is another example of ritualistic approach of the modern VAASTU Pandit, that southwest side of the house or office should be heavier and higher being good for the welfareand prosperity of the master, and sometimes in the Office layout, part of the room israised just by an inch or so by use of little raised wooden floor, or thicker carpet just as aritual of VAASTU.Nobody asks why south or south-west side should be higher and heavier, and how doesthis brings prosperity to the master of the house hold?Tracing back the history of living habits, and living environments, it has been observed
that due to social customs, and safety security of the inmates of the family, houses werebuilt inward or enclosed around walled structures, mainly in southern states, and hotregion like Rajasthan and north west India. These houses were generally built with acourtyard which served as a protected space for use of ladies, children and familyactivities and house hold occupation, when the men folks were out of the house for their work, or on long trading journeys. Since sunrise in the north east side is at lower angle, thenorth east section of the house was at low height to receive the comfortable morningsunlight into the courtyard of the house. The north-west of the house was made higher sothat in the afternoon when it is hot, the higher portion ofthe north-west corner of the house will cause shadow inthe courtyard giving protection from the hot sun for comfort and welfare of the inmates. Such anarchitectural planning based on environmental aspectshas been distorted, by the modern VAASTU Pandit andhence the interior of an enclosed office space or officefloor, raised by couple of inches in the north-west corner as specified by the VAASTU is nothing but a superstitiousritual in the name of VAASTU.We do realise that our ancient Indians were learnedand enlightened people and we must take advantageof inheritance of our ancient texts, which come to us inthe form of VEDAS, SHASTRAS and various other SUTRAS.We must explore the mysteries and interpret logically our ancient knowledge andrationalize the applications of ancient principles in the present day context for thebetterment of society.What is VAASTU? Is it a Faith? but Faith is a product of imagination rather than logicalconclusion. Belief is a popular concept which is not necessarily true. Since VAASTUcannot be believed without logical reasoning, hence it cannot be termed as FAITH. Alsosince faith is a blind phenomenon then there should be no further question and matterssettles itself that VAASTU is not a FAITH.What next? Is VAASTU ascience or (Vigyan)? Science isbased on tested truths and isbuilt on proven facts. SomeVAASTU experts advocate thatScience of VAASTU pertains tomystique of cosmic influenceon humans and their dwellings- but science does not consider natural causes withoutexplanation of phenomenonas science, and hence VAASTUcannot be considered"Science as a Whole".Most People refere VAASTU as a SHASTRA? Is VAASTU a SHASTRA?Research of our ancient culture reveals that there were 4 vedas, 6 shastras, 18 puranas,24 upanishads and VAASTU is not listed among any of these compilations or listings, that

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