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Significance of Northeast in Vaastu

 Vaastu is a science which acts as a bridge between the inner space of the being and the outer space of the immediate environment. Many call it a “super science” or study of the cause and effect of your surroundings and its influence on the occupants. Its multidisciplinary approach is based on basic knowledge of  Yogashastra (the science of Yoga), Astrology and Astronomical Science.  

The five great holistic sciences, which are interconnected and in totality form a comprehensive remedial field to convert an individual’s journey of pain and struggle into harmony and rhythm are Vaastu, Music, Astrology, Yoga and Ayurveda. You could compare this to Feng Shui, Chinese medicine (acupuncture), Taichi, Chinese Astrology, Chinese calligraphy and music.

Vaastu Shastra essentially deals with two important energy sources, the solar energy flux and the geomagnetic energy flux. The science of Vaastu aims at controlling the flow of these energies in a building by selecting proper directions and alignments. Starting with the location of doors, windows, colour scheme, flooring patterns, planting of trees and interior décor need to be looked into. All these essential parameters play an important role in enhancing the energy field for human beings to live in harmony with nature and in turn to achieve a balance.

To get the right balance of these nature’s forces, cosmic and thermal imbalances, Vaastu offers a remedy in the form of the helix concept also known as the “Golden Ratio Helix”. It finds reference in all the ancient scriptures as the centre of energy balance is located at the origin of a logarithmic helix fitted in a rectangle with sides having proportionate golden ratio of 1:1.618. The ill effects of a Vaastu defect diminishes automatically if this helix centre lies inside the building.

This center is known as the “nabhi” or the focal point of the plot and is the source of all cosmic energies and bio-energetic fields. Hence balancing the building within a given plot and tapping into the focal point is the key to achieving a good structure which enhances the flow of energy. However this may not be feasible at all times, as limitations in terms of plot size, shape, apartment dwellings  etc exist, but one can adapt certain basic guidelines by paying attention to important sectors and compass directions in a plot or building.

The Northeast direction is regarded as highly surcharged with divine energies, hence heavy construction or having large structures in the Northeast portion of the plot of a home is taboo.

A structure contributes towards the prosperity of its occupants and most importantly, everything that happens in nature has a direct effect on human life. The cosmic rays from the sun, moon and other planets also have an effect on the human body and research has shown that we respond and react accordingly. It was also found by the ancients that time period changes through the day has an effect on the human mind and body, which in turn stimulates a corresponding activity.

Buildings are designed and oriented with various components to harmonize the movement of the sun and daily human cycle according to the rotation of the earth and the position of the sun through the days. The 24 hours in a day is divided into eight parts, representing the eight cardinal directions and the nature of each activity in a building reflects the quality of each compass direction. It was observed that Houses that were not properly aligned or had no sense of orientation gave rise to restlessness, misfortune and sickness.

Out of the eight compass directions, the Northeast known as “Ishanya” in Vaastu has a special importance. The sun rises from the East, moves towards the North and sets in the West, hence the early morning rays are very important and it is considered very auspicious if the building or land is able to receive this sunlight in the morning.

The early morning rays to a great extent are absorbed by water stored in the Northeast sector of a plot, hence from ancient times, underwater storage, open reservoirs for water storage and tanks were considered ideal at the Northeast corner of the plot, and in turn, this enhanced the positive benefits of good Vaastu design.

Keeping the Northeast completely clean, clutter free and light is a fundamental principle, and is mandatory in designing a home as per Vaastu tenets. Having the land at the Northeast portion of the plot lower or depressed naturally, or by creating garden space, is of great importance to activate the bio-cosmic energies in this sector to further enhance the good luck of the property.

The Northeast direction is also regarded as highly surcharged with divine energies, hence heavy construction or having large structures in the Northeast portion of the plot of a home is a taboo. The Northeast sector is also referred to as “Ishanya” (meaning God’s corner) keeping in mind the highly positive and life force energy existing in this portion, and from the Vaastu perspective that this sector is considered very sacred. In many homes, this corner is used for the family altar or prayer area.

We can also activate spiritual pursuits, education and knowledge in the Northeast sector. The ancient Indian holy saints or monks (known as rishis) of the Vedic Age had mastered this knowledge and it is no surprise that the sacred places of worships, temples, monastery and ashrams of spiritual training  were established in this direction near the holy rivers. Even today, one can still experience and feel the distinctly enchanting, energizing and enlightening ambience at such places, and a closer study reveals that temples and places of worship have a water reservoir or large opening at the Northeast, or a water body or river at this sector.

Certain basic guidelines to protect the Northeast sector while designing a building are:

  • Take care to design the house such that it allows ample sunlight and cross ventilation in the Northeast sectors to enhance the bio-cosmic fields.
  • Tall trees or plants should not exist in the North or Northeast sectors, although small plants are acceptable. Ensure that the plants do not block the sunlight or cast a shadow at the Northeast corners of the property and most importantly, ensure that the trees or plants do not cast their shadow on the house in these sectors.
  • Avoid keeping a mop, broomstick or trashcan in this sector as these would pollute the positive energy flowing through this sector.
  • Positioning toilets in the Northeast sector is a serious affliction, as this would deprive the building from positive bio-cosmic forces and cause immense ill effects to the occupants.
Apart from Northeast, if you can keep the following zones clutter free and clean, it could be of benefit to certain types of professions too:
  • North, as this sector relates to intellectuals who wish to pursue intellectual pursuits.
  • East helps those in armed forces and in the police.
  • South is beneficial to those in business and to traders.
  • West is for the working class and those employed in middle management.
Understanding the cause and effect of the environment, compass directions and benefits of each of the sectors in a property ensures that the house and its occupants are healthy, happy, prosperous and in harmony with nature’s forces.


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The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World ( March/April 2009)". To subscribe, please click here.