Vastu is an ancient
Indian science, exercised to design the architecture
of a house that will bring positive energy to its
occupants. A home constructed through following the
methods of Vastu passes a lot of happiness, good
health and strength to all people who live there.
Another aspect that encourages us to
exercise Vastu is that the whole human body is a
balanced construction of five basic elements of nature
which are known as earth, fire, water, air and sky.
Similarly, the body also gets attracted towards these
elements. If these elements are positioned in wrong
place then they generate a lot of negative energy
which further causes problem to occupants of the home.
Family is the first social
unit for developing the qualities of the heart. A proper Vastu
makes family grows and moves through life together, inseparable in
the heart. Whether a biological family or an extended family of
people attracted to each other based on Vastu environment, the
word "Vastu family" implies warmth, a place where the
core feelings of the heart are nurtured. Vastu values represent
the core values and guidelines that parents and family members
hold in high regard for the well-being of the family. Sincere
Vastu is the core of heart feelings. They are the basis for true
family values. While we have differences, we remain
"family" by virtue of good Vastu environment. Vastu
Shastra principles of planning provides us necessary security and
support, and acts as a buffer against external problems. A family
made up of Vastu environment generates a magnetic power that can
get things done. Vastu environemnt is the hope for real security
in a stressful world.
Houses and Premises designed using Indian
methodology are said to increase the flow of good energy:
Toronto businessman Avinash Bhagat says he
hasn't looked back ever since he moved into his new house in the
city's west end.
The entrepreneur says much of the credit for his
flourishing business and smooth family life can be attributed to
good luck derived from his new vastu-efficient house.
Vastu houses observe the principles of vastu –
an ancient methodology involving elements of architecture and
design that states one can align a house to nature's five elements
to create physical, spiritual and mental well-being.
"Vastu asks us to align our biorhythms (our
internal clock) with the universal rhythms in which the sun plays
the most vital role," says Ohio designer, Kathleen Cox,
author of three books on vastu.
"The sun's rays from the northeast in the
early morning are a source of rejuvenation.'' On the other hand,
exposure to the southwest, ``where the midday sun rays ultimately
collect,'' is believed to be harmful, she says.
"We honour the positive aspect of the
morning sun by placing lightweight, low and delicate furnishings
in the north and the east so that the healthy rays of the sun flow
freely through each room," Cox says.
Also, vastu houses, especially those that are
built from ground up, deploy mathematical calculations believed to
maximize the flow of good energy into the house – Hindu temples
in India follow vastu strictly.
When Bhagat and wife Vaidehi migrated from Hong
Kong in 2000 and were running their catering business from an
apartment, vastu wasn't even considered. But in 2003, shortly
after moving into a new house, things changed.
"Business was down by 40 per cent, I was
losing contracts and bleeding heavily in my other franchise
business as well. Right, left and centre things were going down
– 2004 was a disastrous year," Bhagat says. At the time, he
didn't realize their house faced south (considered inauspicious in
vastu), while the earlier apartment faced north.
On hearing his story, Bhagat's sister, a vastu
expert in India, told him, "You are sitting on a fire – get
out of it." Heeding that advice, they moved once more but
only after scouring dozens of builders and houses to shortlist one
that met most vastu guidelines.
"My overseas offices settled down, I
started getting contracts again and, touch wood, I haven't looked
back. That makes me feel there is some sense in vastu, "
Vastu isn't as well-known in the West as feng
shui – the ancient Chinese art of placement to maximize harmony
and good fortune. But it is used extensively in certain Indian
Hindu communities. With increasing immigration to Canada, it means
more demand for such houses.
"I move around with a compass all the time
– this vastu has driven me crazy," Toronto real estate
agent P.K. Sabharwal says with a laugh.
Sabharwal says he personally doesn't believe in
it, ``but of my 10 Indian clients, nine ask for vastu."
Builders here still aren't making such houses, but most clients,
he says, prefer to choose ones that face north, which is
considered more auspicious.
"It's a growing demand and has spread all
over the U.S. as well," says Sabharwal, now in the process of
shortlisting properties for a group of investors wanting to build
vastu houses in the GTA."
"The main marketing point (for the houses)
will be that it's vastu-friendly and, hence, good for peace of
mind and happiness," says Snehal Shah, one of the investors
in the proposed project.
Shah, editor of the biweekly Gujarati newspaper,
Vatan News in the GTA, says he and his four friends will invest
money for three to four houses. Architect Nilesh Loha, also an
investor, says he has worked in India for more than a decade
designing such houses. "I've seen and experienced it for 12
years in Baroda (in India's Gujarat province) and I believe it (vastu)
There is much more awareness in the U.S. about
vastu than here in Toronto, say vastu consultants. Cox, prominent
in vastu design in the U.S., started showcasing it as far back as
2003 when she designed a vastu-inspired 18-room, three-storey inn
in downtown Toronto.
Called Annex Quest House, this hotel was
inspired by nature's five elements, Cox says. For instance, she
says room numbers with the numeral one at the end are in the
southwest of the hotel, which represents the element of earth.
Earth represents heaviness and strength (accordingly, the heaviest
items in a room should be in the south and west).
If vastu sounds somewhat similar to feng shui,
it is because feng shui incorporates some vastu philosophy. Sharon
Hay, director of the Toronto School of Feng Shui says both have
five elements of nature and the universe, but in feng shui these
five elements are earth, water, fire, wood and metal.
"One important distinction, in feng shui
north is considered inauspicious,'' says Sulakshan Mohan, author
of the book Vaastu Shastra (Vaastu is an alternative spelling.
Shastra means science or technology). ``It is the other way round
in vastu. A Chinese compass has south on top."
In North America, vastu is practised differently
by many consultants. Toronto astrologer Kirit Trivedi uses the
date and time of birth to customize vastu for people.
Jessie Mercay, president of the American
University of Mayonic Science and Technology in Colorado, says
that "authentic" vastu is all about making a house from
the ground up.
"There are hundreds of so-called vastu
consultants who have taken certain principles of vastu and
combined them with feng shui and tell people they are doing vastu
– they simply are not," says Mercay
"Well-meaning, so-called vastu consultants
are attempting to help improve living spaces through the use of
yantras (diagrams representing the astronomical position of the
planets), mandalas, crystals, furniture moving, mirrors and any
number of so-called vastu correction devices.
``But none of these are, in fact, legitimate
corrections for faulty vastu. Authentic vastu is much more than
the smoke and mirrors being presented to the public."
Dave Tatla, host of the Dave Tatla Show, on
CIAO-AM 530, agrees. "Many people are preying on the
insecurities and troubles of others by putting out so called
remedial measures. I think it is all bull crap. People have gone
to the moon, and we are still saying, which direction must we put
the bed in? I may be sitting in the wrong direction, but my show
is going perfectly well."
To all those naysayers, Trivedi says, "It's
my job to give you the information, and not my job to convince you
(that there is some truth to vastu).
"We unfortunately want proof, but I'm
sorry, Mother Nature doesn't work on emails or receipts."
Mohan has similar views. "Even if we do not
always understand the logic of vastu principles, the bottom line
is that it works," he says.
In his book, Mohan writes that "an aquarium
with nine goldfish and one black fish in the northeast
corner/portion of the house or factory is very good."
He adds: "Water in northeast is always good
(and the) graceful movement of the fish creates positives energy
waves. But why nine goldfish and one black fish? It is as
illogical as the number 13 being considered unlucky."
As for Bhagat, he's glad he has trusted vastu.
"One can always attribute these things to coincidence or say,
`Well, things would eventually become all right,' but the question
is, if something is hampering you and if you aren't losing
anything by trying out something differently, why not?"
Vastu is all about constructing a home that also
suits to the system of nature. This science can also be used to
rearrange the interior. Rearrangement of household articles brings
positive energy. So if you are also feeling that there is
something wrong in your house then you must receive Vastu
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