We all agree that the whole universe is made up of five basic elements, the
Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Our body is also made up
of these five basic elements of nature also known as
The panch-mahabhootas are related to
our five senses of smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. Any
imbalance in our external and internal Vaastu translates into
unhappy situations. Vaastu teaches the individual to live in
balance and harmony with the panch-mahabhootas.
Human beings have a natural and emotional affinity with the Earth.
The Earth revolves around the Sun and has gravitational and magnetic
force. Scientists have proved that earth is a huge magnet with two
poles-North pole and South pole.
It has also been proved that the human body is a 'magnetisable'
object with a large percentage of iron in the blood. As we all know,
opposite poles of a magnet attract each other and same magnetic
poles repel each other. The Vastu principle of placing the head in
South direction while sleeping is based on earth's magnetic
After earth, water is the most important element. It is linked to
our senses of taste, touch, sight and hearing. It is quantitatively
the largest of the five elements, as more than 80% of our body and
two-third of earth's surface is water. Most ancient civilizations
came up close to rivers and water sources.
Vastu provides important information about the placement
of water sources like wells, boring, underground water tank,
overhead water tank etc, while planning the house. Positions for
drainage of water, septic tanks, sewerage, drains etc. are decided
carefully to optimize the benefits of water element.
Sun is the most vital source of energy and light. It is the soul of
the universe. Fire element "SUN" is related to our sense of sound,
touch and sight. It is difficult to imagine life on earth without
When the Sun rays combine with water, they get additional
benefits. it is, therefore, recommended to have a water source in
To block North-East corner of your building is
depriving yourself of most beneficial rays of Sun and has adverse
results. The ultra-violet rays normalize the metabolism of the body.
The ancient ritual of "Surya Namaskaar" wherein the
beneficial rays of Sun become more potent when seen through fresh
water offered to Sun god.
The late afternoon and evening Sun with the harmful infrared
rays should be avoided. It is recommended by Vastu to have tall and
big trees in the South so that harmful rays of Sun are blocked.
The Air or Vayu is vital for our survival. Our sense of sound, touch
and feel are related to Air. The air on earth is a mixture of
various gases like nitrogen, oxygen, helium, hydrogen etc.
Oxygen is vital for human beings and nitrogen is essential for
the growth of plant life which in turn provides oxygen.
Vastu recommends proper placement of doors, windows,
ventilators, balconies, height of structure and placement of trees
and plants for balancing the Air element within the structure.
Vastu is the only body of thought that gives Space the status of a
natural fundamental element. Vastu Shastra is, therefore, superior
to any modern or traditional school of architecture in the world.
It is related to our sense of hearing, in a house, space element
is related to the centre portion or the brahmasthan. It is
important that brahmasthan be kept open and light. Any
disturbances in the space element affects your growth.