Constructions by Hypnotic Instructions!!!


Bathrooms shall be towards east and heaters, switch boards be towards South-East.

Why? Because South – East means “Agneya” that is “Agni”. So anything that up shall be toward “Agneya”!

If your plot is L-shaped, then you will have only baby girls.

How is it possible? Simple, Because of particular shape of the plot, sperms succeed to conceive a baby girl.

If the main gate of the plot is toward East or North the owner will prosper, But at the same time there is a danger of being blessed by many children if the gate is towards the East or West.

It doesn’t matter even if you have undergone a family planning operation!

If the kitchen platform (Otta ) is towards direction other than East or South-East the women in the house will suffer from backache and menstrual problems.

Toilet block shall be toward West.

Reason…  ‘West’ means ‘Waste’ so…

Doctors shall face towards East or North while performing surgery.

It doesn’t matter what part of the body is being operated.

All the above are recommendations given by Vastushashtris and the reasons provided by them. They try to claim that this is based on science & scientific methods, without providing any empirical or statistical proofs.

What are these curious recommendations for? It’s for your healthy, wealthy and happy life. It may sound funny today, where man has successfully taken up challenge of achieving goals, which seemed to be beyond his capacity a few decades ago. Automation of various hazardous processes, many inventions in medical and bioengineering field, efficient communication & transportation systems have made man’s life comfortable and healthy. And I am sure that all the Vastushastris and their followers also avail all modern facilities for their healthy & happy life and practice Vastushastra for their ‘Wealthy life’.

Vastushastra is full of contradictions and absurdities at the core of its theory. Naturally the interpretation and application to present day setting is left to Vastushastri’s personal judgement leading to contradictions amongst various Vastushastris too. Comparing modern architecture and engineering theories with Vastushastra is difficult, as there are hardly any common features.

Modern architecture sets its norms based on utility, safety, security, hygiene, durability, aesthetic & economic considerations. Vastushastra on the contrary vests its validity claim in the traditional authority of scriptures & mythologies. It claims to determine the fortune of the occupants of the Vastu.

There are basic differences in the approach and concepts of architecture & Vastushastra. The modern architecture will make your house suitable to children but in no way contributes to your fertility or infertility. It may provide for fire-proof facilities but neither will it prevent you from causing a fire by your negligent behaviour nor will it neutralise the jealousy of your enemies who  may put your house on fire. Vastushastra, however, as it is often claimed, has a power to go beyond physical realm and control the wills of the occupants, deities and demons. Probably, realising this, few Vastushastris have started replacing the magical mystic casual connections by pseudo-scientific after- thoughts in order to suit the common sense of modern day clients.

The ability to control one’s fortune is a contradiction in terms. Fortune is precisely, by definition, that aspect of life, which we cannot control. All fortune controlling practices like selecting a jewel in a ring or construction according to Vastushastra remain unquestioned and un-testable . The outcomes of such ‘solutions’ are highly probabilistic. If they confirm with the  ‘Shastra’ it vindicates the claim but if it does not then ‘something else has gone wrong!’. Shastra is never falsified however modern science is always open for falsification.

In reality only rich people can afford to build their house (or bungalow) according to Vastushastra recommendations. Middle class families in urban area (where Vastushastra is spreading very fast) can afford a flat unit or a part of big house in which implementing recommendations of Vastushastra is difficult.

What are the consequences of application of Vastushastra? Undoubtedly client gets some psychological relief that he has done something for a better future. At what cost? Apart from weakening the psyche and nourishing the fatalistic ideology. Vastushastra has economic consequences in big propositions.

There are many more suggestions, which come from Vastushastris, which are uneconomical, unscientific, non – functional and even destructive. For example, it has been suggested a number of the building heavy or a particular part ‘high’. It definitely changes the ‘fate’ of the residents due to increased cost of the structure. The ‘heavy’ portions being more susceptible to earthquake forces, the building requires further strengthening to cater for these forces which further adds to the cost (plus the owners have to pay handsome consultation fees to Vastushastris!). Other effects like destroying the aesthetics of the building, redundancy or under-utilisation of few units due to irrational layouts, inconvenience and non-functionality etc. vary from case to case. In some, entire structure has been demolished and rebuilt with new layouts and/or new locations, (Fortunately this is not very common as only few people in India can afford this.) This practice is destructive and involves national loss and energy. To my mind, in the country like India where majority of the population dose not has their basic needs fulfilled, it’s a crime too.

I am tempted to suggest  one thing to eliminate poverty from our country.  The poor population can achieve all the suggestions of Vastushastra as they have their kitchen, living, dining, bed all in one! The only effort they have to take is to stick to the directions suggested by Vastushastra.  If they manage to have the entrance towards North then becoming rich is guaranteed because it is the direction of Kuber ( Do you know that Vastushastra also tells you to face towards east or North and enter 21st century as a’ developed’ country?

Customers of any service have a right to see that they get what they have paid for. This is one service where one is not sure of attaining desired results! One will never know whether the cost was worth the effort. Economic loss and sense of being cheated are the directly visible ill effects. But there is a deeper implication. By becoming futuristic you do not strengthen your psyche but in fact weaken it all the more.