VAASTU SHASHTRA & SHILPA SHASTRA
“Happiness Is The Undying Quest Of Life, The Unquenchable Thirst & The Insatiable Hunger Of All Human Kind”. Every creature in this world tries to arrange for a place in which to live comfortably, where they can be safe unaffected by other dangers natural or others, be it the birds, the bees or the animals and of course human beings. The science of Vaastu shastra teaches how to live harmoniously with nature.
There are sayings like
“Nadi Shotriyo Raja Devagyo
Na Chikitasak Tatra Vaso
A place where there is no river (Source of water - pond or well etc.), scholar, astrologer, ruler and medical expert, should not be selected for living thereon, it should be rejected.
“Dushta Bharya Shath Mitra Bhratiyaschottar Dayak;
Sasarpe Ch Grahey Vaso Mirturev Na Sanshaya”.
If there is house in which lives an unfaithful wife, a foolish friend, an outspoken servant and a snake, the owner of such a house may die any moment.
There are many principles in Vaastu Shastra. To mention a few which involve certain mathematical calculations, Maana is used for proportional relationships in a building and Aayaadi specifies conditions for maximum wellbeing and benefits for the residents of a building.
Vaastu determines the positions and direction of gates, doors and rooms etc. in it, is gained so that a house may be built which will provide all round prosperity and happiness to the inmates. Therefore everyone is curious to know as to what is Vaastu Shastra, and what principles and methods regarding construction of buildings have been given by the ancient saints and seers on the basis of their experience and commands in the divine scriptures.
Vaastu Shastra and Shilpshastra go hand in hand.
Shilpa Shastra is the term used for describing the ancient science of sculpture. Although the term describes only the sculpture, the texts based on this science also include chapters on architecture. This science is also referred to by the names Sirpa Nool, Tachchu-shastram and Shilpa Grantham. The literature pertaining to the science has been referred by the sculptors and architects in
Shilpa Shastra comprises of principal texts called Mukhya shastras and their concise versions called Upashilpas. These Upashilpas act as a reference material for the principal texts. Of the 52 principal texts comprising the Shilpa Shastra, only nine currently exists in proper form. Most of these works have been written in Sanskrit, while the rest are in Tamil.
As per the contents of the texts, Shilpa Shastra can be classified under four categories. They are Civil architecture,
While Vaastu deals with the planning and designing of the layout of a structure in a better and auspicious way, Shilpa shastra deals with the actual execution of the plan.