The term Vaastu, is derived from the Sanskrit root “Vaas” which means to reside. It is not an equivalent of the word Architecture, Vaastu is architecture and much more. Vaastu means dwelling of Humans and Gods as per the original Sanskrit literature and has a detailed understanding under the Bhavan-Sthapatya-Kala, in Atharva Ved. However, the general perception is that Vaastu literally means Architecture, hence the term Vaastu Shastra translates to “The Science of Vaastu”. It was probably written down as a text somewhere during the Mahabharata Era as it also has a mentioning in a conversation between Shri Krishna and Mayasura during the construction of Indraprastha – The capital city of The Pandavas.
Thus, from the times of Ancient India, Vaastu has found a mention in multiple texts and scriptures and it simply proves the importance and genuineness of the science. The science or study of Vaastu is very deep and wide, covering various aspects of energy flow in and around a location. Brahmasthan is one such aspect, that finds a place at the very core of Vaastu.
BRAHMASTHAN: THE CORE OF VAASTU
Brahmasthan is considered as the nodal point of Vaastu (structure) where all the energies intersect and flow around. A typical energy flow takes place from the North East to the South West via the North, North West & West as well as East, South East and South (Ref. Fig 1).
Amongst the 81 quadrants of the Vaastu Purusha Mandala (Ref. Fig 2), Brahmasthan occupies the central 9 quadrants, and as the name suggests, the presiding deity of this zone is Lord Brahma (The creator of Brahmand – Universe and one amongst the Hindu Trinity). This itself suggests the importance and sanctity of this zone in Vaastu.
The word Brahma (ब्रह्म), in Sanskrit also means the supreme cosmic spirit or the cosmos through which all that is animate and inanimate manifests. Thus, Brahmasthan amongst all other directions, design, elements and energies is considered as the most important or rather the core of Vaastu. All the energies flow around and from this very zone, so a disturbed or incorrect Brahmasthan may lead to multiple energy faults or Vaastu doshas. Similarly, a correct, balanced and strong Brahmasthan can lead to a powerful energy flow in and around the Home or Workplace, while automatically correcting multiple Vaastu Doshas.
positively charged Brahmasthan results in peace, harmony,
prosperity and well-being amongst the residents.
Ideally, to facilitate an uninterrupted flow of energy, a Brahmasthan must always be empty/vacant, or open to sky. The Brahmasthan must be free of any clutter or unnecessary objects that may disrupt the flow of energies. Construction of walls, beams, pillars or covering the Brahmasthan with heavy objects is a strict no from Vaastu perspective as it may result in serious repercussions.
This is the reason why in ancient times or even until a few decades ago, most of the traditional architectures used to have a central courtyard that was open to sky (Ref. Fig 3) which used to enable a balanced energy flow, along with an inflow of sunlight and air, both of which are critical for a healthy living. Also, as Brahma stands for the element ETHER, It is best if one can have the Brahmasthan open to sky and devoid of any other elements. In India, specially to enhance the energy flow, one would install an idol of a deity or create a small garden with the Tulsi plant in the centre also known as the Tulsi Vrindavan. However, care must be taken not to go overboard with the décor, as that would result in adding further elements and disrupting the energy flow. Also, one must take additional care to avoid the presence of water or fire element inside the Brahmasthan (Ref. Fig 4) as it shall disrupt the entire energy flow of the Brahmasthan creating serious Vaastu Doshas. Thus, just as a positively charged Brahmasthan can rectify or auto correct most of the Vaastu Doshas of a structure, similarly an imbalanced or incorrect Brahmasthan can result in serious Vaastu Doshas or faults affecting everyone residing in that home.
Now let us understand a few Do’s and Don’ts for Brahmasthan to reap the maximum benefit of this Golden Spot in Vaastu.
Do’s for Brahmasthan
- It is ideal to have the Brahmasthan area open to sky, enabling the flow of energy along with sunlight and air, which further enhances the energy flow.
- In case if the Brahmasthan cannot be left open to sky, it may remain covered from the top, but one must avoid the presence of walls, beams, pillars, furniture or fixtures in that zone.
- As the presiding deity of this zone is Lord Brahma, one must ensure proper cleanliness in this zone which shall further enhance the benefits such as joy, peace, harmony, prosperity and success.
- It is an ideal place for a Meditation or Prayer room.
- One may follow the old Hindu tradition and have a Tulsi Vrindavan in the zone.
- Or one may convert this zone as a garden that may be decorated with flowering plants and can be used as an indoor garden area.
- The zone if need be can also be used as a conference room or dining room, provided there is no furniture in the central area and that zone must always remain empty. Basically, the dining or the conference area can be built around the Brahmasthan to utilize the energy flows.
Don’ts for Brahmasthan
- Construction of well, pond, pillars, walls, beams etc.
- Heavy objects like furniture, cupboards, beds etc.
- Plant and Machinery, Lift, Gensets, etc.
- Storeroom, Wardrobes, Utility etc.
- Indoor Bar, Swimming Pool, Washroom etc.
- Kitchen or Fireplace in the Brahmasthan results in ill health of the residents.
- Presence of any form of Staircase in the Brahmasthan results in financial instability or mental delusions for the occupants of the home or workplace.
- Bedroom in Brahmasthan results in overall confusion in the life of the residents.
Solutions for Brahmasthan Doshas in the Market
There are various yantras or instruments available in the market which may be used to correct or enhance the Brahmasthan in the form of Vaastu Brahma Nabhi, Feng-Shui remedies, Crystal remedies, etc. Ideally these yantras are made of either Crystal or Metal (Brass, Copper, Gold, Panchadhatu – Mixture of 5 Metals etc).
However, just like we never take medication without a proper medical consultation, it is advisable to first get a thorough examination done by an expert, as Vaastu is all about balancing of the energies, and random placements of these Yantras may cause an energy imbalance. One must also be careful when purchasing these instruments from a store as there are a lot of fake products available in the market in the name of Vaastu Yantras or Feng Shui Remedies. These fake products may end up causing more harm than the benefit that we may be looking for.