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Let us have a closer look at the functioning of Vastu. Vastu creates a balance between man and his surroundings. Varahamihira, the prominent Indian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer contributed a lot in systemising the nuances of Vastu. The functionality of Vastu depends upon aspects like science, practicality, universal approval, permanency and affirmation to standards.
This science incorporates the five elements of our planet such as space, earth, water, fire and air. These elements have potential, kinetic and magnetic energies. The health and wealth of an individual depends upon the bio-electric magnetic energy emulated by these elements within and around him. The major sources of global energy are stored in its poles. Due to this vastu recommends against sleeping with head in the north. Nature has both positive and negative energies. While the positive energy includes good light, water and air, the negative energy includes ultraviolet and infrared rays and heavy rainfall. The atmospheric scattering of these harmful rays are carefully calculated in Vastu and recommendations are made in accordance with it. Keeping in mind the timing and intensity of the ultraviolet and infrared rays, the vastu experts suggest the position of water bodies in dwellings and other places.
The recommendations for and against plants by Vastu experts at home are very much based on science. Trees such as tamarind and palm are abhorred at residences due to their uncongenial roots and the likes of jasmine, cactus and others are avoided due to their attraction of insects and snakes. However, Tulasi is very much recommended due to its medicinal qualities.