Vaastu Shastra Better For India and Indians
If it is foreign, it must be better. This attitude of Indians is amply evident in all matters like food, music, films, clothing and even the way of life. Indians seem to ignore the glorious past and rich cultural traditions of India and its vast storehouse of knowledge and teachings contained in the Vedas and Upanishads. Feng Shui is one such import from the Far East that is becoming hugely popular and is resorted to by a large number of Indians. Surprisingly they ignore Vaastu Shastra that is highly detailed and more suitable for India and Indians.
Feng Shui comes from China and is a method of improving life by channeling positive energy paths by the correct orientation of buildings. Feng Shui means wind and water and energy is Qi. By creating the right paths for unimpeded energy flow an individual gains harmony with his immediate environment and prospers.
Vaastu Shastra is the detailed work going back thousands of years and encompasses a rather more detailed study and guidelines for harmonizing the five elements we find around us viz, Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Space. These five elements, or panchbhootas, are also contained within each human being—an essentially Hindu concept. Vaastu goes beyond these and the immediate surroundings and considers cosmic energy from stellar radiation, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, gravitational effects, rainfall patterns and each factor that influences human beings. Vaastu is extensively treated in Sthapatya Veda that is in itself a part of Atharva Veda. Vaastu is also mentioned in the Puranas and is woven into the very fabric of Indian traditions, culture and life that places great emphasis on harmony within oneself, with one’s family, with one’s fellow beings and with one’s environment.
It lays down precise guidelines on constructing buildings that have a personality and character of their own in tune with that of their owner and these guidelines specify the location, country and even continent. Vaastu Shastra, if you interpret it one way, gives guidelines on how to live a healthy, holistic life that has always been the core of Indian philosophy contained in its ancient treatises and religious works.
In comparison one might say Feng Shui does have a rather narrow focuses and leaves out the other essential factors that are a part of and joined to a man’s psyche and form the core of his being. Vaastu shastra, if you care to look at it closely and in detail has immense depth. The basic concept of panchabhootas or five elements are found in all Hindu religious ceremonies and offerings to Gods. Vaastu, in a way, stresses that the human being is but a microcosm of the universe that is all around him and of which he is a part. It shows how to be in sync and vibrate in harmony with the entire universe, not to have a narrow focus on immediate gains or prosperity. This concept is also rooted in Indian philosophy and Hindu dharma, way of life. With this vastly rich storehouse of knowledge and galactic guidance, why would any Indian want to look at any other similar, watered down versions from other countries?