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Vastu means “dwelling” and Shastra means “science. Whereas, Feng means “air” and Shui means “water.” Below is a breakdown of how different they are in many ways and similar in some
Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian science that uses metaphysics and architectural design to create environments and structures that are in harmony with nature. Principles used for Vastu Shastra for homes and Vastu Shastra for offices, factories and other buildings ensure the proper direction of natural air flow, sunlight and light inside the space. Buildings are designed keeping in mind the five natural elements — water, air, fire, wind and earth, so that an appropriate symmetry and balance is achieved in architectural design, layout and construction.
Vastu Shastra for homes is considered a living entity that has a vibration of energy associated with it. It aims at eliminating negative energies and enhancing positive energies.
Feng Shui means "wind and water," and is an ancient Chinese philosophy that uses the art of placement to optimize “Chi,” or energy.
Feng Shui helps make connections between us and the environment around us. Feng Shui items placed inside your home can become beacons of positivity that attracts natural elements. For example, wood (in the form of Feng Shui plants) can bring energy for a peaceful and harmonious home.
Feng Shui uses the five elements of nature — water, fire, metal, wood, and earth, to establish proper energy flow in a space. By placing Feng Shui items in certain areas of your living space, you can channel positive energy and remove stress.
1. Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui are both based on powerful cosmic energies.
2. Both principles use mathematical calculations of elements to create positive energy.
3. They work towards cleansing spaces of negative energy.
4. They believe that the design of an environment, its features and objects contribute to physical, emotional and mental
5. Feng Shui is thought to originate from Vastu Shastra.
6. Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui use space and objects to channel good energy.
7. The flow of life force is the guiding principle in both philosophies. (Feng Shui refers to it as “chi” while Vastu refers to it as
8. They both place importance on the centre of the home as the most important point in the house where energies merge and
9. Both use the eight compass directions in designing architecture.
1. Vastu Shastra places importance on the design of a building while Feng Shui places importance on placement of objects,
like Feng Shui plants and Feng Shui products in a space.
2. Vastu Shastra’s primary purpose was in the building of temples while Feng Shui’s original purpose was in the building of
burial areas for Emperors.
3. Vastu Shastra focuses on the elements of earth, fire, air, water, and ether while Feng Shui focuses on Earth, fire, metal,
wood, and water.
4. Vastu Shastra is more focused on promoting spiritual growth by creating a positive flow of energy in a space while Feng
Shui uses Feng Shui products in the environment to bring peace and harmony to the space.
5. Vastu Shastra is an Indian science whose rules were set down in Vedic times while Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese
6. In Vastu Shastra, the north is regarded as auspicious while in Feng Shui, the south and southeast direction is generally
regarded as more auspicious.
According to Vastu Shastra, the main door entrance should face either north, east, or northeast, whereas Feng Shui finds the south more auspicious.
Both advise against clutter around the front door. According to Feng Shui, walls and staircases directly opposite the front door are also to be avoided.
The centre of the home is the heart of the house and is equally important in Vastu Shastra and in Feng Shui. It is the highest point of energy in the house.
It should ideally be an open space. That is one of the reasons that the centre of old houses had open courtyards as the energy from the centre radiates to the rest of the house. The Vastu living room should not be in the centre of the house.
In Feng Shui too, much importance is placed on the centre of the house. Though it does not necessarily have to be open, it should contain items that radiate positive energy, like the Tai Chi symbol.
Kitchen according to Vastu must be in the southeast direction. In the Kitchen according to Vastu, the hob must be in the southeast while the sink should sit in the northeast.
The Feng Shui kitchen should not be in the centre of the house. The kitchen should also not be directly opposite a bedroom, bathroom or main entrance in a Feng Shui home.
Both suggest inclusion of windows for energy to flow through the space.
The Vastu Shastra for bedroom prefers it be located in the southwest portion of the house.
In a Feng Shui bedroom, more focus is on the items of the bedroom. For example, the bed should be placed in a central position and should not be in front of the door and mirrors should not be visible from the bed.
Vastu Shastra for bedroom and Feng Shui suggest light and soothing colours for the space.
Vastu Shastra places the bathroom in the northwest portion while the bathing area should be in the north, east, or northeast portion. Vastu and Feng Shui agree that the bathroom door should stay closed.
The pooja room should be in the northeast, according to Vastu Shastra. Ideally, you should face the east or north when you pray.
Feng Shui also suggests a north or east direction for the prayer room which should use wood and marble.
Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui suggest a north or east direction for the study. They also agree that the student should be facing the east or north while studying. Feng Shui places stress on the desk placement in the study. It should be in a command position.
The kids’ room should face east, north-east or north according to Vastu Shastra.
Feng Shui places the bed diagonally from the door in a kids’ room and suggests avoiding the use of bright colours in the room. It should also be free of any clutter, and have ample flow of air.
When you hire Beautiful Homes to build your Feng Shui Vastu compliant home/office or a Vastu Feng Shui office/home, our team of design consultants will create a structure that will channel positive energy and make your environment a harmonious, prosperous and successful space.
The design of the interiors will be based on the five forces of nature — earth, air, water, fire and space. These unique features will be incorporated into the design of your property from the start. In a space that is built along these auspicious principles, you will achieve great success and create a space that is filled with love and happiness.
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