Of buildings and `positive energy'

THERE ARE mixed feelings about vaastu, currently a popular subject. You are either for it or not for it. Some attribute all their good fortune to having followed vaastu guidelines and others scoff at it.

One may be surprised to know that a vaastu consultation centre has become, perhaps, for the first in the country to get an ISO 9001:2000 certification. Sushil Fatepuria, founder of the Nagpur-based Vaastu Shastra Anusandhan Kendra, who is now in Bangalore, says he has been a practitioner since 1998 and that the centre is also engaged in research on the subject. A graduate from Nagpur University, Mr. Fatepuria learned "vaastu shastra" from E.P. Reddy of Hyderabad and has since compiled handbooks on the subject and is now condensing the information on CDs and audio cassettes.

"The subject of vaastu needs to be desmystified... it is as accurate as any science and deals with preventing negative energies from entering one's house, office or factory. You don't have to drastically alter a building; there are many ways possible to bring in positive energies without rebuilding," he says.

Over the last 10 years, Mr. Fatepuria has been experimenting with pyramids, which he says represent positive universal forces. Made in different sizes, these can be properly "energised" and kept in one's office or home to bring in positive energies and can change one's life, he explains. Most older buildings were built according to vaastu, and if one examines certain ancient monuments which still stand, one would find that they confirmed to vaastu principles, he says. Before building a new house or even buying a plot, one could approach a qualified consultant and make sure of the vaastu aspects.

By K.S.

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