ABOUT FIVE ELEMENTS – PANCHATATVA AND CHAKRAS OF VASTU PURUSH
Everything in this universe is made up of the Panchabhuta or the five elements. The five elements exist both as themselves and as all other objects. The five elements namely Sky (Akash), Air (Vayu), Fire (Agni), Water (Jal), and Earth (Prithvi) are the basis of all creations. They are the building blocks of nature and all matters. These five elements have varied characteristics and knowledge. And it is the balance and harmony of these elements is what leads to health and happiness.
The ancient science of Vastu Shastra, which is derived from Vedas, states the presence of the Vastu Purush, the God of structures and construction in every human dwelling. The Vastu Purush lies with His head towards the North-East and His feet towards the South-West with various Deities mounted on Him, becoming the presiding Deities of respective directions. Different energies corresponding to different elements and Tatvas of the Vastu Purush reside in different directions and thus at various locations in a human dwelling.
Muladhara Chakra influences the South and South-West corner of stability which is ruled by Earth element, Swathisthana Chakra influences the West Corner which is ruled by Lord Varuna-the God of Ocean, Manipura Chakra influences the South-East corner which is also home to the Fire element, Hrit Padma Chakra is in East Corner whose God is Indra and home to the Fire element, Anahata Chakra is in the North-West corner which is home to the air element, Vishudha Chakra influences the North corner which is home to the Ether element and Sahasrara and Ajna Chakra are located in the North-East corner which is also called Ishaan or place of dwelling of pure consciousness. To reap maximum benefits and get optimal results from these energies, each corner and area is advised to be used for a particular activity. For instance, the Sahasrara Chakra of the Vastu Purush is in North-East direction and it is most suitable direction for mediation purpose and to build a Puja room. Similarly it's best to have a kitchen in the direction where the fire element or Manipura Chakra is located in the dwelling, i.e. the South-East direction.
It is the balance or imbalance among these Panchtatva that makes one's space harmonious and effects the life situations and health of the dwellers. Tatva Vastu aims at balancing Five Elements of the Universe namely Earth (physical existence), Water (emotions and creativity), Fire (mental power), Air (relationships) and Ether (higher self) in a home or at workplace. It is achieved by enhancing Chakras and Elements of Vastu Purush.
If your home or office isn't designed accordingly, then to make your dwelling Tatva Vastu complaint and to reap maximum benefits from universal energies, use energy products like Yantras, Gemstones, Rudraksha, Shaligram, Shells, metals, auspicious symbols and sacred geometry to absorb the negative energy and generate positive energies. These energy products help remove any Vastu shortcomings without the need to renovate heavy structures or constructions of house or office.
Space represents expansion, enhancement, extension, spread, communication and even thought process (Mental Space). Space dominates the North and North East direction.
In a balanced state, Space gives you the charge of your destiny. It gives you a sense of direction and the ability to get organized, ensuring that you excel in all that you do. Space gives you the knowledge and awareness to understand new, creative and beneficial ideas.
Mother Earth gives stability. Balance, infinite patience and maturity in character are imbued by this element. Earth dominates the South and South West in every built-up Space.
When balanced, this element induces stability in your life - be it your career, behaviour, relationships, or results of your efforts. It encourages towards a feeling of peace and harmony with the entire world.
Air represents growth in your life. It is also associated with movement, especially rotational movement, so it brings refreshment, fun, joy and happiness in life. This element dominates the North West.
Air gives you the courage to try new things, take risks for your growth and to explore your inner-self. You get to meet people who pave the way for your growth and you perform impressively.
Fire is the driving force behind all life processes and thus is equated with money in modern era. It can transform your life with confidence and enthusiasm. South East is the direction of Fire which is ruled by Lord Agni.
In its balanced state, Fire brings you fame and recognition among the masses. It gives you zeal, power, strength, confidence and money, which become the driving force behind life and its processes.
It is associated with conception of new ideas, clarity of thoughts, and creation of new vision, flowing of new opportunities in your life, harmonious relationships, healing energy, immunity and restoration of health. Water dominates the West direction, ruled by Lord Varuna in your dwelling.
When Water is in balanced state in a dwelling, the people in such buildings are able to see the larger picture of life. They are creative, joyous and harmonious within themselves and with others.
VASTU DIRECTIONS AS PER SUN’S MOVEMENT
A solar day comprises of 24 hours and is divided in eight parts which corresponds with the eight important directions of the dwelling. During each of the eight periods, the Sun is situated in one of the eight directions. So, the room which is most likely to be used during that phase is placed in that direction. The direction and the recommended rooms are explained below:
1. North-East corner for Puja and meditation room
The time period between 3 am to 6 am is referred as the ‘Brahma Muhurta’, the time before the dusk. The aura during this time is very peaceful and silent, making it an ideal time to offer prayers, study and practice meditation or Yoga. The Sun is positioned in the North-East corner of a house, hence this corner is ideal to be used as puja or meditation room.
2. East direction for bathroom/changing room or doors or windows
The location of the Sun between 6am to 7.30 a.m. falls in the East direction of the house. Activities like bathing and getting prepared for the day is conducted during this time and hence East direction is preferred for bathroom or changing rooms.
3. South-East direction for Kitchen
The early hours of morning between 7.30 am to 9 a.m. are ideal time for preparing food. The Sun emits copious amount of ultra-violet rays during these hours, which helps kills bacteria and is beneficial for human body. Since, the positioning of the Sun during these hours is in the South-East part of the house; hence it makes a perfect direction for the kitchen.
4. South direction for office, Bedroom or Store room
The real activities of the day begin after 9 am and continue till noon. The Sun during this phase is located in South direction and the intensity of heat is very high at this time. Hence, this direction can be used for office or a room or store room to keep it free from moisture.
5. South-West direction for Master bedroom
The time phase post lunch, i.e. between noon to 3 p.m. is the resting period and the Sun during this time period is located in South-West section of the dwelling, making it the highly suitable for a Master bedroom or placing Wardrobes.
6. West direction for Children’s bedroom, study or Washroom
The Sun is located in the West direction of the home between 3 pm to 6 p.m., which is the preferred time for studying. Hence, this section can be used as study room or children’s room.
7. North-West direction for Living, dining room or Guest bedroom
The time between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is generally the recreation time and the Sun is positioned in North-West direction during this phase. Hence, this direction is suitable for rooms where most movements take place like the living room or dining room or guest room.
8. North direction for Cash lockers and children room
The Sun is located in the North direction of dwelling from midnight to 3 a.m., making it the time of secrecy. Hence, it makes the best place to hide and protect valuables like Cash lockers. It can also be used as children’s room.