Home is aligned with the five elements
The Vastu principles establish a connection of the dweller of a house with nature’s subtle laws such as beneficial energies of earth, energy grid of the earth solar energy and the cosmic energies obtained from the interstellar space. These principles also align a house with the five elements or the panchabhutas as per the Vedic tradition- earth, water, fire, air and space.
Panchabhutas' connection with direction
Each of these panchabhutas or five basic elements is energetically connected with a specific direction. When we acknowledge these elements and their essential energies, we create a harmony with nature which in turn makes our life resonate with ease.
Earth (prithwi)- The Earth is a dense, solid and grounded element. We need a foundation or physical basis for survival in this world. The soil, trees, plants, mountains and rocks symbolize the earth element.
Water (Jala)- Homes which have indoor or outdoor water bodies such as swimming pools, ponds, fountains, waterfalls or aquariums are the ones with a peaceful environment. Water represents pure consciousness according to Vedic tradition.
Fire (Agni)- The fire element is the most important energy which turns a house into a home. Whether it is digestion of food or its conversion into energy, comes under the realm of ‘agni’. To acknowledge this element, we should build an indoor or outdoor fireplace in our house and also make sure to light non-toxic candles of beeswax.
Air (Vayu)- One of the liveliest parts of our house is the air element. Wind chimes, the wind, streamers and air purifiers should be kept following the local climatic conditions. The theory of movement is connected with this element. In order to realize the advantages of prana in the air, practice yogic breathing techniques preferably with open windows and cross ventilation system to let in fresh air into the room.
Space (Akasha)- This element is associated with sound and silence. Either or Akasha is manifested as an element of a dynamic space in the centre of a room and in the form of expansiveness in the centre of the architectural form.