The Five Elements

By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

The formation of the Five Elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth) is the outcome of the self-effulgent nature of the 9X9 Vaastu Purusha Mandala. Each element was created through the commingling of the previous elements – born of Cosmic Space, Om Light and Om Sound. As the unmanifest microabode progresses through its self spin unmanifest qualities of the five elements are distributed throughout the 8X8 cube. When the 8X8 cube springs forth into material existence, the five elements take on material form and are distributed throughout the 9X9 manifest form in the same Brahmasthan of floor plan 99 pattern as in the 8X8 cube. In the center of the cube (Brahmastan) Absolute Space mixes with relative/material space. In other words, the unmanifest and manifest coexist at once.


Each of the five elements has specific qualities. The individual qualities of the five elements support specific activities and purposes in human life. In built space where this 8=9 process intentionally occurs, activities of daily life are assigned to and conducted within the quadrants with the qualities most likely to support those activities. For example, if a structure is aligned with “The Grid” described above, the southeast corner of that grid is dominated bye the element of fire. Assigning activities related to that element (cooking over a fire) creates a life supporting effect on the results of those activities (preparation of food). Thus, in a built space reflecting the qualities of Vaastu Science and Technology, the laws of nature and the dynamic energies and vibrations of the elements of manifestation directly support activities of daily living.

The Thread of Light or Brahma Sutra

The Thread of Light or Brahma Sutra is a pathway of light energy that moves through the house in a straight line parallel to the properly placed front door. It flows from the Bindu point or center point of the Brahmasthan. This vibrating energy string is the central cosmic fire from which OM Light, OM Sound, and the Five Elements arise. Its origin is the central point of the Brahmasthan and extends outward and upward from there. The Brahma Sutra also exists on the vertical plane. It rises vertically through the elevation of the house from the center of the Brahmasthan (Bindu point) as a vertical pillar of Cosmic Fire – a cosmic energy generator. The origin of Vaastu energy in a Vaastu house is from this central point in the house and not from the sun, moon or stars. The properly established Vaastu house generates its own energy and draws from consciousness directly. Hence, we do not want to block the center of the house with walls, tables, fountains, statues or any other object. It must be unobstructed.

The Yoni Line

The Yoni Line (Yoga Naalam) is a pathway of energy that flows from the front door straight through the house to the back door or window -­ placed directly opposite the front door. It allows for the free flow of energy through the structure. That free flow of energy interacts with the aliveness of the house making the entire structure even more vibrant. When properly placed, the structure lives and breathes harmoniously. Yoni refers here to direction – the direction of the face of the house – where the front door is located.

  • A point of interest is that in some forms of home design (Feng Shui for example), the house is closed from the outside as much as possible to contain the energy. In Vaastu Science and Technology, because the structure is actually an energy generator, it is appropriate to allow the energy to flow outward through the Yoni 100 Line, the Brahma Sutra and Soma Sutra lines. The self-effulgent nature of a Vaastu home far surpasses most homes in which the energetic patterns are stagnant or otherwise unknown.


Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, For any questions please visit

Author: Ganesh

A soul in the search of eternal peace... "Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace"

6 thoughts on “The Five Elements”

  1. It’s interesting how in feng shui one locates the same chakra points in a construct just as in the human body and concentrates on the base chakra’s ,Money relationship health ancestors creativity. The points of interest raised are the matter of chi elevation just as in a human being.
    Mostly they stop at the third where society is fixed, the I me mine chakra. The chi only finds these, because the mind is excited by them, because they fulfil the need of the ego.
    I am Hungry I want Sex I want power. Each sitting on top of each other, that’s why the idea of a politician a world leader a President so clearly describes the attainment of the three base Chakra’s. The Machiavellian way of things.
    It takes something quite different to move on from there in to the Heart, and that is forgiveness and a giving up of that Machiavellian power struggle which caused so much fear and suffering
    The quintessence beyond the construct of building or body

    as always inspirational Ganesh


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