Vasati - The
Most Ancient Way of Living in Harmony with Nature
you enter edifices of the old like Andrea Palladio´s famous
Florentine villas, you feel a profound well-being unknown with
modern rooms in our contemporary Western buildings. This same
feeling of energy and harmony is present with almost any masterpiece
of the old architectural traditions, be they in Europe, in India,
South America or still another part of the world. Modern Western
buildings usually cannot convey this special feeling anymore. The masters of the
old knew how to build according to the universally valid
laws of nature and how to erect their buildings in unison
with these laws. These same laws are fundamental to the Chinese Feng
Shui, to European geomancy and to the architectural style of the old
Mesoamerican people called the Maya, to name a few.
scriptures date from a time about 5,000 years ago and carry
the earliest known descriptions of these universal laws of nature.
Scarcely any other architectural tradition lasted 5,000 years while
staying unaltered and still being applied today.
withstanding natural disasters, destructions and dilapidation are
for the most part those which have been built exactly after the
Vasati principles. Just have a glance on India.
renown Roman architect Vitruvius knew the Indian Vasati scriptures,
for even the chapters in his legendary opus De re architectura
are in the same sequence as they are in the Manasara,
a classic Vasati scripture. Vitruvius lived 2,000 years ago. His
works inspired Andrea Palladio who incorporated the Vasati principles
in his world-famous 16th century Renaissance edifices.
behind his work, the origin of this art, is revealed only today.
What sources did those precursors of occidental architecture take
their knowledge from? You will see it here. The mystery of why we
feel so well in Palladio´s villas is finally unveiled.
is an integral architectural concept. Since millennia, houses,
temples, and even whole cities are built by this concept in India.
Its basis are the natural laws of spatial energy,
and this knowledge is used to bring the living space in resonance
with nature and its inhabitants.The house is like man´s second body.
It is a lens focussing the natural environmental influences. The
living space´s quality influences the health of man as well as his
mental and emotional status.The old Indian geomancy Vasati has been
shaped into a scientific system after millennia of experience and
observation, and with it you can find out the effects of
environmental influences on man.
By this are meant
especially those influential factors you do not think of at first
that they could in any way influence your health, for example
Earth´s magnetic field, the subtle energies from Earth and Sun, the
paths of Sun and Moon as well as gravitation. All those influences
define, taken together, the quality of the room you are living in.
You can view the room as a bio-field which interacts with the
bio-energetic field of the human body.
underlie laws of nature which are taken in respect when building a
house in Vasati style. The Indian scientist A. R. Hari did an
investigation on this and found out that most chronic
diseases are a reflection of the living situation. If the
natural laws of spatial energy are violated, the manifestation of
chronic diseases seems to be furthered, while a strong bioenergetic
living field strengthens the power of resistance of its inhabitants.
If the science of
Vasati is applied to the climatic and cultural living conditions of
contemporary Europe, it is called Vasati, the
modern form of Vasati.
Vasati - the
Origin of Feng Shui
India and China
are separated by the huge Himalayan mountain range, but inspite of
that, these two ancient cultures always have had a cultural
interchange. For example, Martial Arts and also Buddhism
originated in India and were later transferred to China. Even in
Kung Fu, the original Sanskrit designations for the various fighting
positions are still known to some masters.
similarities we can see that Vasati and Feng Shui must have been
influencing each other over a long period of time. While Feng Shui
is considered to be at least 4,000 years old, Vasati has already been
systematically described in early parts of the Vedic
scriptures like the Rig Veda, and those scriptures are more
than 5,000 years of age.
impressive witnesses of the historic age of Vasati are the
ancient cities of the 5,500-years-old Indus-Sarasvati
Culture which were discovered in the year 1921.
city was found close to the village Harappa, and because of that
this culture became known as the Harappa civilization. One of the
most well-known cities from this era is Mohenjo-Daro,
which has been planned in a grid system with streets going
perpendicularly from north to south and from west to east, dividing
the city into rectangular blocks. The houses of Mohenjo-Daro were
built pointing to the main directions, and each of them possessed a
These features are
found in every city of the Harappa civilization. All of them were
planned like chessboards and were divided into squares of like
dimensions, forming various city areas with different functions. The
temple was placed in the city center. All of this is strictly
following the Vasati guidelines – this suggests that the science of
Vasati existed even before the cities of the Harappa civilization had
been constructed. The cities did not grow organically but were
planned systematically following a clear geometrical concept.
From this we can
conclude that Vasati is even older than Feng Shui, and it is highly
probable that it has influenced the development of a similar science
in China. The different cultural and climatic conditions in China
may be responsible for the differences between
Vasati and Feng Shui.
In China the cold
winds from the North and the constant military
threat from the Mongols in the North were the cause for the North
generally being considered as a direction of lesser quality whereas
in the Vasati system the North is considered a direction from which
the most important organic energies flow into the house and the plot.
to the energetic principles known to European geomancy
and its modern scientific traditions (Viktor Schauberger, Wilhelm
Reich, K. F. von Reichenbach) since hundreds of years. Therefore
Vasati is more relevant to the building and living practice in the
Vasati seems to be
the original natural art of invoking positive energies to one´s
house, and it has already been applied in the Western hemisphere
since the time of the famous Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius –
without us being aware of it.