Vastu and Feng-shui, both are considered to bring happiness and prosperity home. While they both have certain elemental similarities, there are some differences too owing to the origin of the two. However, experts believe that two practices can be merged to get similar results in enhancing the energy levels in your house and among the residents.
Basic similarities between Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui
1. Both the practices believe in the harmony of the five elements that constitute the environment- Water, Earth, Air, Vacuum and Fire. Unless these are in sync with one another in office and at home, there is no scope of prosperity. It is also believed that both the theories take great advantage of the magnetic directions for their solutions.
2. Both the philosophies were developed around the principal of Life, known as ‘chi’ in Feng Shui and ‘Prana’ in Vastu.
3. Both the practices recognize that the central portion of the home is important for the overall well being of the household.
4. Both the practices use mathematical calculations to decide on the overall design of the household
5. Both the practices work with the positive and the negative energies of the household.
6. Both use specific tools to find remedy for the afflicted area in the house.
7. Both the practices believe that they have positive effects on the well being of the house and its residents.
Basic differences between Vastu and Feng Shui
Differences in origin: Vastu is one of the most ancient sciences of architecture designed by the sages of India, while Feng Shui originates in ancient China. The word Vastu means anything existing like the house or the building and Shastra means system or the knowledge. Feng, on the other hand, means ‘wind’ and Shui means ‘water’, implying that the practice primarily depends on the cosmic energies of the wind and water to achieve harmony of all other cosmic energies.
Differences in direction: Vastu shastra is basically scientific as compared to Feng Shui, which primarily depends on geographic location and directions. In Vastu, North is considered auspicious as it is regarded as the source of magnetic energy. The East is also considered auspicious because the sun rises in this direction and it represents the solar power. On the contrary, in Feng Shui, the Northern direction is considered inauspicious because this is where the sands and the cold winds blow from Mongolia. The Southern and the Southeast direction is regarded as auspicious as the warmth of the sun is resplendent in this direction.
Kitchen facts: According to Vastu, the gas stove should be placed on the right and the sink should be on the left. However, in Feng Shui the cooking stove and the sink should not be facing each other.
Sleep right: In Vastu, the head should be pointing the South or the Eastern direction since these are auspicious. However, in FengShui, the head should be pointing towards the direction which is auspicious for the person.
Furniture and heavy objects: In Vastu, the heavy objects like the sofa and other furniture should be placed in the south or Southwest direction of the house , which leave more space in the North or the Eastern area of the house, which is considered highly auspicious. In Feng Shui, big or heavy furnitures should be generally placed opposite to the auspicious South direction.
Be it Vastu or Feng Shui, both the practices ensure that the auspicious spaces are free of clutter and ‘experience’ abundant air circulation. Want to know more? Consult a Vastu or a Feng Shui expert and understand the science of architecture and design in details. You can visit our website and book a session with of our renowned astrologer related to the subject to know more.