Vastu and Feng Shui
Over the past few thousand years the Chinese have imbibed some of India’s Vedic culture, particularly the great science of Vastu, otherwise known in China as Feng Shui. Chinese traditions and culture go back around 3000 years, while India’s recorded Vedic history stretches far back as 5,500 years.
The Buddhist monks took the knowledge of this science with them when they left India and travelled to places like Nepal, Tibet and China. The Chinese at the time were already practising controlling Chi flow within the body and then extended this process to their buildings too.
While the sciences of Vastu and Feng Shui are very similar; for instance both consider the energies from the Five Great Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether), there are important differences.
The Chinese system is based upon the Chi flow or the energetic level of your home and property. The Vedic system of Vastu not only encompasses the energetic level, but also works on the geometric (physical), karmic (planetary) and spiritual (Avatar) levels. That is considering all of Nature’s influences, such as those of the nine main planets, the demigods (Devas) and the Avatars of Krsna, who control the directional energies of the eight main compass points of our planet.
Vastu shastras explain the source of the cosmic pulse or Chi is the beautiful four armed Paramatma of bluish complexion. He holds a club, a conch, a lotus flower and a disc (chakra) and is seated on a lotus flower in the heart. His ecstasy pulsates vibrations which maintain the cosmic balance. Application of Vastu principles can assist us to align with this ecstatic cosmic pulse, and we can thus live in harmony with nature.
This ancient science has been consistently practiced through millennia, and remains as current and practical today as it was thousands of years ago.