Vastu Science for 21st Century is the latest contribution by the author,
Prof. B. B. Puri, after an overwhelming response to his earlier books
titled Vedic Architecture and Art of Living, Applied Vastu Shastra in
Modern Architecture and Vastu Shastra for Mass Housing. Vastu Shastra is
not merely an art but a definite science in itself. This book has made an
excellent effort to establish this fact. The knowledge of Vastu is based on
Vedic literature and is derived from the fundamental principles of Vedantic
Prof. B. B. Puri is a well – known architect, having a vast experience in
the field of architecture. He is the founder of Vastu Kala Academy, the
school of Architecture and Interior Designing. He is also the founder of
Vastu Research Centre. He has brought out in clear terms that the knowledge
of modern architecture is incomplete without Vastu science. The Vastu
principles have been formulated keeping in view the cosmic influences of
the sun, the direction of the wind, the position of moon, the art’s
magnetic field and the influence of the entire cosmos on our planet.
Prof. Puri’s attempt to highlight the principles of Vastu science and its
application in designing of built environment is commendable. It is highly
desirable that all our young architects are equipped with this knowledge
and they make use of it in their day – to – day design activities. To
achieve this objective, it would be necessary to incorporate the knowledge
of Vastu science in the curricula of Architecture, Town Planning and
Engineering Colleges and Universities. The series of books written by Prof.
Puri provide an excellent background for developing such a curriculum and
encourage other scholars of Vastu to record their experience and knowledge
in this field.
I pray the almighty to bless Prof. B. B. Puri to continue his efforts in
spreading the knowledge of Vastu science.
As a practising architect with 40 years of experience in the field and 20
years research of Vastu Shastra, I compiled my conclusions in Vedic
Architecture and Art of Living, which was foreworded by President, Council
of Architecture and was released by then President of India Dr. Shankar
Dayal Sharma. It was well received by the readership. After research in
Vedic Vastu, I attempted to find out the solution on how to apply Vastu
principles in modern living in a sequel titled Applied Vastu Shastra in
I am convinced that the time has come when Vastu vidya and Vastu vigyan
come to take their place in human affairs. With this vision in mind, I
founded Vastu Kala Academy, Delhi, in 1992, a college of Architecture and
Interior Designing, which is now affiliated to Indraprastha, Guru Nanak
University, Delhi and is conducting a course leading to B. Arch. Degree in
Architecture. Side – by – side, I founded Vastu Research Centre, where I
started teaching Vastu gyan and organizing Vastu workshops, seminars as ell
as conducting further study of literature containing tenets of his science.
On 12th Feb. 2000, the Institute of Vastu Science, India was set up to
spread Vastu knowledge uniformly in India and other parts of the world.
In this book, I have tried to justify that Vastu principles are based on
scientific logic and Vastu itself is a science much in need in the 21st
Century in view of rapid advancements man is making in other fields without
compensating on ecology front, which forms the basis of Vastu.
I have already discussed in detail the orientation of building, plot, cut
plot, set back, basement and heath of building, Mandalas, slope, the
permanent recommended position of open space, water bodies, Agni (Fire) and
air directions etc. in my earlier books.
I have since received lots of questions from readers on whether Vastu is a
science and it its application is universal. A science eveloved thousands
of years ago can still be useful and effective in 21st Century in the
modern life and changing styles of Architecture. In the present text I take
up these and other issues with reference to wider concern of balance and
harmony with Nature that is uppermost in the minds of those who know how
things stand with this planet.
In the 21st Century, a growing concern about environment has introduced a
new dimension to demographic studies. The crisis of human settlement is no
less acute than the crisis of population explosion, and the need fro
optimising human settlements is as great as that for controlling population
growth. Of late, however, rapid urbanization, increasing rural – urban
migration and the consequent ecological disaster have put immense strain in
the minds of people and has compelled demographers to turn their attention
to Vastu gyan.
The first need is to study Vatu Science based on Nature. But one could
argue with equal force that “the first need is to take the strain off rural
areas the strain of continued poverty, conditions of unemployment and
economic and social stagnation.”
It is important to bear in mind that throughout the world young people
migrate from rural areas to big cities and metropolitan centers and not
always for economies reason. Unless the frame of rural areas is improved,
rural development alone will not be effective to discourage migration. The
search fro a more satisfactory and peaceful habitat has let to the advocacy
of small towns with growth potential which, it is argued, could serve as a
bridge between Vastu (habitat) and Nature.
There are serious complications of air pollution, water pollution, traffic
congestion, inadequate housing, and noise in all the urban areas. On the
other hand, the problem of maintaining social, economic and cultural
traditions are being aggravated in rural areas with dearth of population.
Taking into account the urgency of ensuring the people’s health and welfare
and the necessity of rationally using the extremely limited land surface, a
new comprehensive environment development plan must be devised. A view has
been expressed that urban housing receives higher priority than rural
housing in developing countries in spite of the fact that “rural housing
cannot be ignored if Governments wish to reduce the drift of a large number
of people from to strong pull of cities in spite of acute housing shortage
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