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Ground rules

For constructing a house, the principles of Vaastu are based upon a uniform pattern and follow certain basic rules of direction. Any deviation may have an adverse effect, says Vaastu expert Rakesh Chawla.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2003 18:16 IST

For constructing a house, the principles of Vaastu are based upon a uniform pattern and follow certain basic rules of direction. Any deviation from these guidelines may have an adverse effect on those living in the house.

Three principles have been put forth which cover the field of design entirely, whether it is a building, a craft item or an article of daily use:

Bhogadyam (user-friendly): The designed product must be useful and lend itself for easy application.

Sukha Darshan (aesthetic appeal): The designed product must be aesthetically pleasing — this covers the exterior as well as the interior of a building.

Ramya (self-sufficient): The designed product must be capable of evoking a feeling of well-being and contentment.

In Vaastu, there are multiple ways in which the designer as well as the occupant can create a space. If the space has a specific activity, then gathering all the energies in a single centre proves to be powerful. It is recommended that the entrance door or large windows facing the east must allow the beneficial infra red rays of the rising sun to filter in. Since we are in deep slumber at that time, we miss out on nature’s blessing.

Note: Remember that Vaastu principles maintain a sense of balance and are universally applicable. But, they should not be followed blindly instead put them to intelligent use to avail of the maximum benefit.

The author is the principal of Institute of Vaastukala and can be contacted atvaastukala@hotmail.com

First Published: Sep 28, 2003 10:00 IST