and Feng Shui
destroy anything is easy.
To build requires great skill and care.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
Even though there are obvious differences
between the two systems Vastu and Feng Shui,
in essence and purpose they are very similar.
Both sciences have valuable traditions that
date back to antiquity and some argue that
they could have originated from the same
source - ancient Vedic India.
Vastu dates back to prehistoric times, the
period of Aryan civilization between 15,000
B.C. and 5,000 B.C., while Feng Shui, meaning
wind and water, dates back to 3,000 B.C.
in traditional Chinese history.
Great architects of the time both in India
and China realized that Mother Nature has
many hidden secrets. They came to understand
that the entire universe is interconnected;
no single element or ingredient is truly
independent from the rest.
Although over the millennia, these sciences
developed their own unique and particular
style in architecture and placement, both
are based on very precise scientific conclusions.
They equally recognize the need for symmetrical
placement, for clarity and lack of clutter,
and for recommended directions to be considered
when designing an architectural space.
Feng Shui uses the ‘Ba-gua’
map, which is basically an indicator of
various directions and the corresponding
areas of life such as health, prosperity,
relationship and travel. Similarly, Vastu
has a well-known sacred diagram in the form
of ‘Vastu Purusha Mandala’.
This particular mandala creates the basis
for the understanding of the movement of
the beneficial energy called ‘chi’
or ‘prana’ through cosmic space.
Houses or any structures that are designed
and built according to the principles of
traditional Vastu design generally orient
towards the east or north, to maximize the
amount of morning sunlight entering the
In Vedic times people lived closer to nature
and gave more attention to its cycles. They
carefully observed that the rising sun with
its pleasant heat and light is a source
of vital energy, radiated ultra violet rays
which are proven to be beneficial and healing
for human health, while the setting afternoon
sun had far too much heat and glare, rather
having detrimental effects due to harsh
infra-red radiation. Unlike Feng Shui and
solar homes, Vastu design consciously recognizes
the importance of harnessing the vital energy
of other planets as well.
Vastu design has more a mathematical foundation
and it also has a very precise and detailed
measuring system. This is based on Vedic
sutras or formulas, providing more objectivity
and consistency than its counterpart. Lacking
a similar basis for calculations, Feng Shui
is more subjective and esoteric.
Even though Vastu Shastra offers simple
and logical solutions or cures to correct
imbalances in the home, it mainly focuses
on the entire process of correct design
and the prevention of any defects in the
architectural space in the first place,
thereby gaining greater benefit.
After all, as our highly regarded natural
healers would say “Prevention is better
than cure”. By taking care of our
good health, we are ensuring our long-term