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South-facing house is okay

"Elevated area on the east affects the family adversely. It is good to have east and north areas empty"

— PHOTO: K. MURALI KUMAR

PROVIDING GUIDANCE: V.S. Prakash.

VAASTU SHASTRA has gained much popularity. One of the practitioners, V. S. Prakash of the city, won the "Gem of India Award" in the All India Achievers Conference recently for his work.

He explains to POORNIMA M. HEGDE the importance of vaastu.

What are the basic elements of vaastu and how do you evaluate a building's vaastu?

Basically there are five elements: water, fire, earth, sky and air. The energy flowing from them should be tapped properly. First, we observe the location of the building and the road. Preferably, the roads should be parallel to the walls of the house. East-facing and Southeast-facing houses are preferable. I cannot explain why.

The direction of the extensions made to a house influence the life of those dwelling in it. It is mainly based on the solar energy and the planets.

The direction which the house faces signifies the character of the people living in it. Usually, the characteristics of the presiding deity of that direction are associated with the members of the family living in the house.

What are the precautions one should take?

Elevated area on the east and presence of a structure on the northeast blocking air and light (called as northeast cut) affects the family adversely. It is good to have east and north areas empty. Some people believe that it is not good to have a house facing south. It is not correct. Such buildings are good if you have vacant area in the north. You will head for "a bumper success". An example is the Chennai Central Railway Station.

The house that is below the road level can bring losses. Some sites are beneficial for women and some for men. If there is a slope on the west and south, it is good for women. Houses facing east and north are good for men.

Some say vaastu is superstitious. What do you think?

There is no question of it being religious or superstitious. The five elements are common to all. There is no harm in not believing vaastu but you will be achieving only 45 per cent success whereas you can achieve 100 per cent with certain modifications to your house.

It is said that it is not safe to build a house near a temple.

It is true. Because the shadow of the temple falling on the house is not beneficial. Gopura of the temple obstructs the solar energy of the house. The houses in the north and east of a temple are harmful.

The families in houses in front of a Shakti temple do not prosper because of the presence of "thrisula" and fire. However, those living in the houses to the west of temples are not affected.

Is it necessary to rebuild a house to improve its vaastu if it is not correct?

Sure. If a house is rebuilt, business flourishes, health of the family members improves, recharges the memory power, and so on.

Have you written a book on vaastu shastra?

I request people not to rely on books for vaastu. Reading a book is only for common knowledge.

You cannot learn it by reading. You need practical experience, a lot of travelling and keen observation of people living in different houses to master the art. While building a house, one must consult a vaastu expert.

How did you take interest in this field?

Before 1979, I did not believe in vaastu. I suffered losses in a business. This made me really sad. I was introduced to M. Ramrao of Vijayawada, known as "Vaastu Samrat." I made the alterations he suggested and my business started flourishing. That inspired me to learn vaastu shastra.

What are the challenges before you now?

I am studying the vaastu significance of bells and mirrors and their placement in houses. This is an unexplored area.

How do you feel on getting the "Gem of India Award"?

I am happy about this. But this award is the result of the recommendation of my clients. I have 21,000 clients, mainly in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkota.

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