Five Elements In Vaastu
This universe is made up of 5 different elements. The most intelligent creature of earth - human being if uses the right balances of all the elements in their house they can get the infinite strength of the nature and this helps them to have happy, prosperous and peaceful life.
All the rules related to vaastu are based on directions and five elements. Our universe is made up of all the 5 elements of nature. These elements are sky, earth, water, air and fire. The right balance of all these elements are only found on our planet earth and not on any other planet. This is the reason why we do not have life on any other planet.
Let's find out the importance of these 5 elements in vaastu.
Sky represents infinity. Sky is infinite, boundless and pathless. The character of this universe lies in this infinity. In vaastu shastra's the empty space in the center of the house is considered as the sky. The center of the building is supposed to have an open space and this central space is representation of Brahma. This portion facilitates regular ventilation. Since the center of the house is open it receives a decent amount of sun light as well. Therefore, vaastu has certain recommendation for building the house.
The eastern and northern part of the building should be lower than the southern and the western part of the building. This should be done to avoid the evening sun ray which is harmful for health. Natural energy keeps flowing out from the open skies. It is generally heard that a specific house is influenced by the ghosts or is inhibited by evil spirits. This is the reason why the house lacks the regular flow of elements air and sky. And this is also a scientific reasoning. This is also seen in case of mental disorders as well. Like we have sky as the chief object in the universe. Similarly we cannot ignore the importance of sky in the construction of building.
Importance of air is known to everyone. All living being depend on the air for life.Earth is surrounded by air. Air is composed of different kinds of gases. One of this is the oxygen which acts as a source of life. People in the house can be healthy only if they keep getting this fresh air regularly. Fresh air is the important source of health and long life.
It is important that there is a continuous supply of fresh air in the house. It is because of this that vaastu has description of different principals. Based on the facts related to this principle vaastu recommends that northern and southern part of the house should have windows, doors, balcony and open space for air supply and should have a lower base this will enable regular supply of fresh air and rays of morning sun.
One should ensure adequate supply of fresh air in the western and southern parts of the house as well. It is important that one receives adequate supply of fresh air in these parts of the house because this aids long life and health for all the living being staying inside this house. For adequate air supply there should be doors, windows, ventilators, verandah, balcony, desert coolers, room coolers, air conditioners etc has to be constructed and other equipments placed according to the rules and directions given in the vaastu. According to vaastu the appropriate direction for this element is north-west.
Fire has its own special importance in the list of five elements. Fire means the heat or energy and the main source of it is the Sun, in this universe. The sun rays coming to the earth bring this energy down to the earth. These sun rays give light and heat to all the living beings and help them survive on the earth. In our ancient epics, fire has been given a distinct status in auspicious tasks. Every auspicious task has the provision of performing hawan.
The humans used to eat raw food like vegetables, fruits, edible tree roots or flesh before the invention of fire. After the invention of fire human started to cook and eat the food.