Vaastu: The Indian Art of Placement: Design and Decorate Homes to Reflect Eternal Spiritual Principles

Vaastu: The Indian Art of Placement: Design and Decorate Homes to Reflect Eternal Spiritual Principles

by Rohit Arya


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The first book in English on the Hindu precursor to feng shui.

• Allows readers to design homes that conform to eternal spiritual principles.

• Offers suggestions to rectify existing buildings with inauspicious energy.

The subtle art of energy management for prosperity, good health, and calm mind has been introduced to the West through feng shui. Until now the ancient practice of vaastu, the Hindu art of environmental design, has been relatively unknown. Born of the movement of forces within the trinity of the great Hindu gods—Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva—vaastu is the human expression of life's impulse to harmonize itself with the cosmos.

The great culture at Harrapa, in 3000 b.c., applied vaastu to create cities at a level of sophistication that would only be reached again in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Housed in a library in north India, the codified tenets of vaastu were destroyed in medieval times by successive invaders into the country; however, the art of vaastu remained alive, through oral tradition and buried deep within other treatises. The rediscovery of these texts in the 1930s has led to a modern revival of this art in India—brought to Western readers for the first time in Vaastu: The Indian Art of Placement.

Vaastu elucidates principles that orient and plan each element of a structure, both the big picture and the small details. A building's site, ground plan, shape, and orientation are all-important considerations, as are soil quality, window placement, and construction materials. The affinities of household items—the telephone, computer, bath—with the five elements of nature, and thus their ideal placement within the structure, are also described. Guidelines for modifying existing buildings help the reader apply the vaastu principles in a practical manner. Vaastu: The Indian Art of Placement will assist in creating personal environments that promote peace, harmony, and health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892818853
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Edition description: Original
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Rohit Arya is a professional journalist and art critic, with extensive background in sociology, philosophy, and comparative mythology. He is a member of the Foundation for Human and Economic Development, a congress of leaders in business, education, and public life from India and the United States. He lives in Mumbai, India.

Table of Contents


1. The History of Vaastu
2. Key Elements of Vaastu
3. The Importance of Environment
4. The Site Proper
5. The House Proper
6. Industrtial and Commercial Vaastu
7. Auspicious Times
8. Vaastu and Feng Shui—A Comparison
9. Quick Reference Guide


Appendix: Countries' Vaastu


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"Vaastu presents an in-depth and detailed examination of vaastu principles that will allow readers both to understand the underlying concepts, which are founded in mythical beliefs, and to put the practices to use immediately."

"Guidelines for the modification of existing buildings help the reader apply the principles of vaastu in a practical manner. These guidelines, claim the author, assist in creating personal environments that promote peace, harmony and health."

". . . tackles the complex art of vaastu in a simple, practical and easy-to-understand way."

" . . . useful, while Indian in origin, the astrological signs, houses, and planets are the same. As many of our readers may know, it is speculated that some, or maybe even all, of Western astrology can find its roots in India via the Arabs."

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