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education Updated: Apr 11, 2012 19:27 IST

The lowdown
Vaastu shastra is the science (shastra) which deals with architecture and construction. It’s an ancient science which explores how forces of nature act upon structures and found application in construction of temples, for demarcation of ‘holy’ spots ideal for a sanctum sanctorum or installation of idols. Later, vaastu was used for forts and dwellings of nobility. Today, many modern families like to live in homes which are vaastu-compliant. Vaastu shastra aims to tap positive energies in your homes which make you happy and prosperous and keep negativity at bay. The concept of vaastu is based on gravitational forces, cosmic energy and the magnetic field of the earth. The purpose of vaastu shastra is to maintain a balance between man’s life and nature, and it touches upon all facets of his/her life- career, health and income. The popularity of vaastu in the country is growing by the day. However, not everyone is well equipped to handle this art properly. Though this is fast emerging as a lucrative career option, there are not many trained vaastu experts. It is, thus, important to remember that it takes many years of experience, hard work and patience to establish oneself in the profession

6am: Do yoga and meditation
7am: Breakfast
8am: Work begins; meetings with people and home visits
9am to 11am: Work continues
Noon: Interviews with media
1pm: Lunch and discussion
2pm to 7pm: Consultations, site visits, telecons
8pm: Dinner

The payoff
Beginners can expect around Rs 20,000 a month and it can go up to Rs 60,000 a month as your experience and expertise grow. A very senior vaastu expert can earn real good money. Vaastu as a career is promising and equally rewarding

* Should have proper knowledge of vaastu shastra
* Should read scriptures and also have through knowledge of astrology and human behaviour
* Should have some understanding of architecture and be able to make people understand the principles of vaastu
* The ability to work with different people and in different environments is a must
* Good communication skills are must

Getting there
As such, there is no prerequisite qualification to pursue a course in vaastu shastra. Anyone with a genuine interest in vaastu and its ideology can pursue a course.

Above all, one must have a guru or a mentor; without a guru the chances of becoming a good vaastu expert are remote. For ages, this art has survived and thrived on the guru and shishya tradition

Institutes and URLs
* ICAS, New Delhi
* Institute of Vedic Vaastu Vision, New Delhi
* IFAS, New Delhi
* Sai Vaastu Kendra, Hyderabad
* Sai Astro Vaastu Research Institute, Allahabad

Pros and cons
* Opportunity to understand human beings, their behaviour and living conditions can be an enriching experience
* Good remuneration, name and fame and opportunity to work with renowned people
* Your clients, at times, can be pretty nagging

A technical background will help you progress in your career. It is a novel profession and can help you gain respect and trust of people Naresh Singal, a renowned vaastu expert based in Delhi