The origins of Vastu Shastra can be traced, in different versions to the 'Rig Ved', 'Yajur Ved', 'Sam Ved' and 'Athar Ved'. According to Hindu mythology, whilst engaged in a fierce battle with a demon called 'Andhakasur', Lord Shankar shed a few drops perspiration. As these drops touched the ground below, a terrifying demonic being, in th form of a man arose. This being attacked and tormented all the Gods. As no single God could subdue him, he was overpowered by 45 different Gods and Deities collectively. They accomplished this by wrestling him face down to the ground and restraining his limbs and torso. In order to pacify his rage, they blessed him by saying, "You will be worshipped in all noble deeds", and they named him Vastu Purush. Since all the Gods are seated at different places on his body, worshipping the restrained form of Vastu Purush, known as a 'Vastu Mandal', is considered to be sacred and any building designed and built according to this form will have all the Gods seated at their appropriate positions.
Research into the correlation of Vastu principles with those of modern day science has found that the geomagnetic flux lines, temperature gradient and structural dimensions of a Vastu structure, form a helical shape when plotted graphically against the four directions. This helix has a width to length ratio of 1:1.618, known as the 'Golden Ratio' and this is thought to be consistent with other naturally occurring forms, right from the ubiquitous microscopic, double helix DNA molecule, to the shape of gigantic galaxies.
The 'Golden Ratio' Helix
Building a structure strictly according to Vastu principles is easier said than done and altering an existing building can often be nearly impossible. However, there is a way out, Vastu also prescribes the use of Yantras to overcome Vastu faults. Some Yantras used for this purpose are:
- Vastu Yantra: This Yantra is said to produce astonishing results for dispelling the effects of Vastu faults in a building. The presence of the different Gods and Deities with their weapons on the Vastu Purush, removes all faults and has a purifying effect.
- Silver Shri Yantra: Placing a coin sized silver Shri Yantra above the front door frame is said to bring instant good fortune and wealth.
- Maha Kali Yantra: The amulet of the Goddess Mahakali has the effect of always keeping a building charged with spiritual, physical and cosmic energy.
- Surya Yantra: A Surya Yantra placed at the place of work of anyone who has a weak Sun in their horoscope, will destroy obstacles they encounter in their professional life.