As mentioned in the Rig Veda, Vastu has been derived from the phrase vasanti praminae yantra, meaning ‘a place where humans reside.’ In other words, Vastu is a representative of the cosmos in an attempt to live life more fully. The need of the hour is now for Vastu to take its place on the honour roll of the ancient arts of the world and become accessible to people belonging to every strata of society. Vastu principles, however, apply right from the start when one plans to build a house of his own. Procuring the right site, position of the plot, texture and quality of the land etc every minute detail needs to be taken into consideration before boiling down to commencing construction work for a house or office premises. Here are some important Vastu tips for new construction pertaining to the proper selection of soil.
A great deal of importance is placed by Vastu on the proper quality of soil at the site of a house which should be carefully studied and judged before beginning new construction on it. For this, we can conduct an initial test of sorts. For this, it is suggested to dig two pits of 2x2x2 feet dimension, making sure that the soils of the two pits is now mixed together. In one of these pits, soil should be put back. Once the pit is filled, there should be a residue of the soil left over. If the dug-up soil exactly packs the pit, or even worse, falls short, then the site is not regarded as being productive of prosperity.
As for the other pit, it should be filled with water to the brim. In an ideal site, the water should take over an hour to be absorbed byt he soil. If it takes less time than that, the site is regarded as a potential drain on resources. Large cracks left behind in the pit after the water drains away is a forewarning that extensive construction expenses would be incurred on new construction on the plot. A couple of small cracks is not a matter of concern, but if there are more than seven cracks, then think wisely before investing your money on such a piece of land.
A quicker test of soil quality can be done by digging a pit of the size mentioned above, filling it with water, and walking away for a length of 100 paces at your normal gait. When you return, a good site will retain over half the water, an average site would retain between one-fourth and one-half of the water while a poor site would retain less than one-fourth of the water in the pit.
Also note, black soil that goes down to a depth of twelve feet is supposed to be an obstacle that no amount of hard work can overcome. It would lead to stagnation of career and progress in one’s life. Black soil that covers the first three to four feet and is upon a layer of white and red soil is considered fine. The best colour for soil is white, followed by the red soil. For business men, yellowish colour soil is regarded the best. Moreover, if the texture of the soil is crumbly and friable, this indicates an easy and steady flow of cash. Soil that exudes an oily or pleasant smell within one foot of digging is also considered beneficial.
Vastu says never overlook the soil texture of the land where you intend to build your dream house or office, or else it would lead to a steady downfall for you and your family in the future.