All posts by vastudes

Mr. Borden comes from a family of builders, with over 30 years experience building and/or designing custom residences in California and the Midwest. He is currently involved in Vastu building/design projects worldwide.

Vastu Video Workshop

Introduction

A discussion of the basic Vastu dimensions used by Vastu/Vaastu/Sthapatya Vedic architects

Part 1

Theory of Vastu, including concepts such as Bacti, Microbode, Sunyumbarum, technical application, orientation, etc.

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Vastu Questions From Students

Copyright 2003, Michael Borden, all rights reserved.

Note: These are all (unsorted) questions emailed to me by students who were taking a course I taught several years ago

Question Do Northern & Southern India agree on what constitutes the Sthapatya Vedic literature or is there some disagreement? Is it generally (all over India) agreed that Vastu Science originated in Southern India?

Answer In answer to this question I will give you the transcription of a recent conversation I had with Sthapati. (After an initial question or two he did all the talking!)

“The four Vedas are not independent Vedas. They are all collected materials. That’s why we call it ‘collected’ Vedas. Rig Veda Sanghita(spelling, sorry) , the word ‘sanghita’ means ‘collected’. So there was Vedic knowledge in the pre-Vedic period. Because of deluge (earth changing floods and continental drift) it was separated. The old knowledge got dissipated. Later on, before the second deluge occurred, all these were collected and codified. Codified in what is called the four Vedas now. While codifying a lot of things were there but they were not able to understand because these things were scientific. All scientific things were dropped! Non-scientific and religious things they collected and codified for the four Vedas. So whatever scientific material from those days they didn’t keep.

“Even today there are some scholars that say that Vastu Science is pseudo-science. They aren’t able to understand the science of it. And these things don’t exist in the Vedas. Some statements here or there will occur. For instance, there is a statement in the Veda ‘The greatness of sculpture lies in its being scientific.’ But no one has interpreted how sculpture is scientific, no one has said so far.

“All the technical material is held by a group of people: the Sthapatis. That is why it is called Sthapatya Veda. So we fought with the Brahmans in the early days saying, ‘We are the superior people. We have got this kind of knowledge. Please get away!’ At that time we were very powerful. Nobody came close to us. Now we are very small. minority. Today they say, ‘You have got technical knowledge but we have got the wisdom.’ We say ‘Where is your wisdom? How do you use it?’

“The Brahmins say they came from outside India by the Kyber Pass some 3500 years ago. From the north they migrated south. About 2500 years ago they settled here in the south. So they learned all these things. Only during that period were they able to collect this material for the Vedas. Even today northerners come to the south, stay here, learn the culture here, and then go back. And if you go toward the north, you find the strong culture that is pervading South India is very much diluted. All the Shastras, all the Vedas, all the science, everything, existed only here in the South.

We are responsible for Indian culture. To be frank, we should call it Vaastu culture. Even the Gods are Vaastu Gods. Even today if they want a temple they have to come to us. The Brahmins learned from us. There are not four castes but five castes, just as there are five elements. The Brahmins are the head, the Kshatria are the shoulders, the Viashas are the belly the Shudras are the legs and thighs and the Shilpis are the hands. There is a saying, ‘From nail to engine’. The Shilpi’s made everything.

Question Did the shilpis used to conduct the temple rituals?

The ancient rituals were originally very simple. Merely prayer to God. Not these kinds of rituals: putting dress, ornament and festivals. All these did not take place in ancient period, There was contact between God and man. Not an intermediary.

Student comment Air, fire and water elements are all contained in space, therefore for each of these elements we do only Shiva Linga. Space Linga, Water Linga, Air Linga, Fire Linga. It’s because these are ingredients of Space. This course has given me a deep appreciation of Space. I was quite moved by the description of Chidanbaram and the significance of the space within (before it contained the deity). That space…that inner core of silence. You can almost see the whole story of the loss of knowledge in them sticking that statue in Chidanbaram… Wow.

Question What is the purpose of building a temple? For material prosperity? Kind of wakes you up, doesn’t it? Throws me right back to that line in the Yoga Sutras about the danger of getting caught up with the celestials because they aren’t enlightened… God in form is of no use in getting enlightened. God in form is caught up in the drama of Maya, too.

Answer If you want spiritual prosperity you have the temple face south.

Question Is it my imagination, or is this a completely new take on why South isn’t a great direction for a building to face? And with Yama in the South there, is there an important connection between Yama and Moksha?

Answer We build temples not for attaining moksha, but attaining only physical, material comforts.

Student comment That is why he is not turned towards true east. He is deflected towards north.

Question So, the spiritual effects of a building facing true east & one facing south-in-general are identical or only similar? Are the effects of the directions the same for secular buildings as temples or are there some differences?

Answer If the consciousness of some great identity is stimulating the action of, for example, a spiral galaxy that would indicate that each form indicates a state of consciousness. In otherworlds, the form is an expression of a state of consciousness.

Question What about Ashrams? Has there been a tradition of ashrams being built according to Vaastu Science?

Answer In India many people think they know about vaastu. They do basic things as a matter of course, like wells in the northeast. It’s superstition to them. They really don’t know beans about it and most don’t care.

Question I was trying to get a feel for how the guru tradition views Sthapatya Veda. The religious community seems to feel it is important- you said all the temples are built with Sthapatis. I was wondering if the gurus in general thought it was superstitions or made use of it regularly.

Does Ganapati think it is possible to do this just by following the rules or does he feel that the shipin needs to be highly evolved in order to create genuine spiritual bliss with his designs?

Answer My impression: Life is life. it has it’s ups and downs, like Krishna says in the Gita to Arjuna. Shilpins doing their dharma is deep founded living for them. They don’t talke about enlightenment; their work is their meditation and thus their life is. No evolution is necessary. Just dedication to one’s art. The “rules” are the design parameters of God.

Question I would still like to know Ganapati’s take on this. My own sense is that JUST following the rules does not create ‘high art’. An exceptional individual could ‘meditate’ this way but that for the vast majority it is not enough.

Question Can a residence have a basement?

Answer The ideal condition is to have the entire house directly connected to the ground, no crawl space, no basement. This allows the energy of the Earth to directly radiate into the house. This energy is very good for health.

Question Yes, when the weather is warm. But what about when it is very cold? What about insulation? A friend built a house with no insulation under the floor and I can remember his floors getting wet in the summer here because of the condensation.

Answer He doesn’t advise residences to have basements. Sthapati said that there is a yogic custom in India to sleep on the floor or ground if one is sick and the Earth energies will be conducive to healing.

Comment Same in the Native American tradition. Grandmother Twylah, Matriarch of the Seneca Wolf Clan and an awesome person in terms of clarity of consciousness, healed herself of paralysis this way.

Question In a warm climate with a long growing season where all you store are things like spices, beans & grains because fruits & veggies are available all year, it makes sense to have your storage on the main floor on the north side. But in climates like ours, where storing vegetable crops is a necessity if you need or want to eat local produce all year round, you want a root cellar under the house.

What does Sthapati say about design differences between warm & cold climates? I mean, there must be differences between the buildings of Southern India and the ones up in the Himalayas, no? Does any part of India with people living in it have significant snow? Have you been there to see the buildings?

Answer All temples, even the deities, because they are not the absolute Brahman, they have attributes, are deflected so we can make use of that attribute available.

Question What about the Chidanbaram temple that was designed to have pure space inside? Deflected? If not, what effect has adding the statue had?

Question What about ASHRAMS? Has there been a tradition of ashrams being built according to Vaastu Science?

Comment I understand that Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh has a south entrance still very much in use… Also, FYI, I made inquiries and the Movement is still quite firm about using identical room placements north and south of the equator. It’s driving the people in NZ nuts because it really does not make sense to them.

Question How did the 8 directions get the names flagstaff, smoke, lion, dog, bull, etc. and what is their significance?

Question You said in Lesson 2A that the shipins’ lifework was to communicate spiritual bliss and truth… does Ganapati think it is possible to do this just by following the rules or does he feel that the shipin needs to be highly evolved in order to create genuine spiritual bliss with his designs? Are the shipins as a group dedicated to regular meditation and pursuing their own enlightenment?

Question How do the walls of a closet line up with the grid lines? Do they have to be right on like the walls of the rooms or do they line up like the windows (you try to center them between the grid lines)? If you have a closet running the whole length of a room. do you measure the room dimensions from the front wall (door side) of the closet or the back wall of the closet?

Answer Ideally, the closet walls should be on grid lines like all other walls. That’s what I do. If you want to compromise then split the grid pattern into 3rds or 9ths and lay out the walls on those secondary grid lines. It’s acceptable, but I wouldn’t make a habit out of it. I don’t understand the second part of the question. The room size doesn’t matter as long as you stick to the grid lines.

Comments and Questions from participants: (and some answers) (p.s.- I have to go back to China for a week I will continue when I return, MB)

Exterior door placement is very important.

WHY are the 9 placements ‘allowable’ and not others? or, What makes these positions particularly suitable for doors?

Answer: The energetics of the laws of nature at that point in the mandala are life enhancing. When you cross that threshold, op[en that door it stimulates that point, it energizes it and the effect comes into the house. I still have to get the particulars on each position, I’ve been trying for this for 2 years, wish me luck!

Is there some special reason why the only central position is on the north?

Answer: Energetics, as stated above

Is there some special significance to there being 9 possibilities? Answer: Probably, but I don’t know what it is, I’ll ask.

I also notice that the only allowable entries that line up on opposite sides of the house are for one pair of doors- one on the S & one on the N. It does not seem allowable to have a door exactly opposite the East entrance. Is there an interesting reason for this?

Answer: Actually you can have “secondary” doors in any position. The primary door location is for the special points on the mandala. BUT, just to be safe, I only put doors in those positive areas. You must have a window (or some kind of light opening) opposite the main entrance on the opposite side of the house. ………….

I hope you are still intending to pursue that business about the deflection and the tilt of the Earth. I am SO intrigued by that one!

Next layout the VPM on your paper. Walls go on the grid lines. You can lay them on center of line or on either side symmetrical with the center of the VPM.

So, this is all or nothing, right? Either ALL the walls are laid out on the grid lines or ALL the walls are laid out outside the grid lines but not some of one and some of the other?

Answer: yes. correct.

The grid of the VPM extends out over the whole site. Anything you construct on the site should be laid out with respect to that grid, in other words, on the grid lines.

How important is it for property lines to be on the grid lines? Does one consider this when placing the house on the site? And WHY (is it important or not important)?

Is Southern India flat?

Answer: Property lines aren’t that important. You create the vaastu compound and what’s left over is landscaped.

Southern India has all kinds of terrain.

It’s best to place the windows and doors in the gaps between the vastu lines in a wall, centered.

Is there any importance to having a window centered in the room? Or using windows to create a symmetrical look on the outside?

Answer: Symmetry is preferred, but not dictated. windows can be anywhere in the room,

A very important point about exterior door placement is the location of a window or door exactly opposite the main entry door.

A city friend remarked that it makes it a lot easier for crooks to case the house when you can see from one end to the other like that.

Answer: I was just in a temple town called Kanchipuram today. It is an ancient city and very traditional life still goes on there. as we drove through the streets I looked into the houses and I could see the straight line through the house most of the time. Amazing. Don’t worry about the crooks, they’ll stay away because of the coherent vides of the house.

This is line of sight or light placement and allows the energy to flow through the house unrestricted.

This word ‘energy’ has been jumping out at me all course. One part of me wants to assign some subtle, mysterious ‘something’ that I can’t perceive yet to it. But that feels ungrounded.

Another part of me wants to assign ‘light’ (as in ordinary light) and air (as in ordinary breezes) to it. Which feels more grounded. And then I ask myself “could it really be THAT simple and ordinary?” And I am confused.

Interestingly enough, Feng Shui takes just the opposite view (from what I remember). They want the ‘energy’/’qi’ to meander through the house, not dash right through. So they AVOID placing openings (windows and doors) opposite each other. They also don’t like houses placed on hilltops because of too much qi/energy movement.

I can’t help but think that this is because of the relative temperatures. Southern India cherishes its breezes but China, being colder, needs to break them up.

Answer: the “energy” is what you feel when you recognize your own vital existence. When you ignite with enthusiasm: this is life energy, you don’t need sleep or food, it’s the subtle energy that is actually the basis of our existence and is vibrant in and around us and we either plug into it or sound in for it or we create blocks or shields against it in our bodies, minds, hearts or houses. It’s the energy we feel when we go into the presence of a being who is radiant with it and not blocking. These buildings, like the temples in Kanchipuram today are vibrant, big time, with energy. I walk through them with my bare feet and I can feel them very distinctly. and when I sit to meditate after being there for a while, I’m still vibrating at that finer, higher frequency. It’s a very concrete experience. Go to the Indian temple in St. Louis and hang out there for half a day, just sit in the building, read or look or meditate (not necessary) and then go out and sit in your car and meditate and see what you feel. It takes some time to effect the nervous system. The houses in Fairfield I can’t speak for in this way.

The VPM should house the Brahmasthan in the center 9 squares, etc.

How does this map out if you have one of those open to the side(s) exterior courtyards (the house is “L” shaped or “U” shaped) ? Is part of the house outside the VPM? Is part of the VPM on the lawn?

Are there many houses in India with enclosed Brahmasthans? Have you seen any? What do they DO with all that interior space? I mean, they do use the exterior courtyards when they have them…

The maximum width to length is 1 to 2.

Very interesting. This is what I have read from the energy efficiency people as well. In very cold climates, square is best because it exposes the least surface to the outside and so holds the heat. More moderate regions (including Iowa) can go more rectangular but never more that 1 : 2.

If you want the house longer there is a solution: you can create a gap of one module or a multiple of a module or even a fraction (1/2, 3/4). At that gap the house should be open to the sky directly or though generous skylights.

Sounds suspiciously like a ventilation thing for a hot climate to me. : )

Next layout the VPM on your paper. Walls go on the grid lines. You can lay them on center of line or on either side symmetrical with the center of the VPM.

So, this is all or nothing, right? Either ALL the walls are laid out on the grid lines or ALL the walls are laid out outside the grid lines but not some of one and some of the other?

The grid of the VPM extends out over the whole site. Anything you construct on the site should be laid out with respect to that grid, in other words, on the grid lines.

It’s best to place the windows and doors in the gaps between the vastu lines in a wall, centered.

Is there any importance to having a window centered in the room? Or using windows to create a symmetrical look on the outside?

A very important point about exterior door placement is the location of a >window or door exactly opposite the main entry door.

A city friend remarked that it makes it a lot easier for crooks to case the house when you can see from one end to the other like that.

This is line of sight or light placement and allows the energy to flow through the house unrestricted. This word ‘energy’ has been jumping out at me all course. One part of me wants to assign some subtle, mysterious ‘something’ that I can’t perceive yet to it. But that feels ungrounded.

Another part of me wants to assign ‘light’ (as in ordinary light) and air (as in ordinary breezes) to it. Which feels more grounded. And then I ask myself “could it really be THAT simple and ordinary?” And I am confused.

Interestingly enough, Feng Shui takes just the opposite view (from what I remember). They want the ‘energy’/’qi’ to meander through the house, not dash right through. So they AVOID placing openings (windows and doors) opposite each other. They also don’t like houses placed on hilltops because of too much qi/energy movement.

I can’t help but think that this is because of the relative temperatures. Southern India cherishes its breezes but China, being colder, needs to break them up.

Some questions and comments:

1. Why is it that South and Southeast Asians go for these huge, oversized statues? Some huge ones are being built in Bali. They are very UN-harmonious.

ANSWER: I don’t know! My impression is that bigger is better with them. I am visiting the equivalent of India’s Statue of Liberty this week. Ganapati Sthapati designed and built it out of stone. It’s on a rock off the coast of southern tip of India. By the way do you object to the Statue of Liberty? I found it inspiring.

2. You mentioned an article in Sedona Journal. Would you be willing to give me the citation so I can order a copy at the library?

ANSWER: I think it was the June or July issue. I don’t have it with me, sorry.

3. Has any Westerner seen these documents? Would it be permissible to translate them? (From my studies in Bali, I know that such treatises are usually carefully guarded.) If so, it may be possible to get someone a grant to do that.

ANSWER:The documents on Vastu Science are all available: Vastu Shastra, Mayamata, works by Mansara. They are a tough read though.

4. RE: slope of the site. My experience is that auspicious slopes and orientations tend to be somewhat local. I.e., sloping down to the east or north makes sense for the region where you are studying. In Bali, whose architectural theories are quite similar, it’s best to slope south and west. Would you be willing to ask your teacher about slopes for his temple in the Mid-west?

ANSWER: We’ll get to this

5. Soil tests…can you try to get some specific soil information, such as percentage clay, silt, or sand? (You could do this by putting some good soil in a jar, filling the rest of the jar with water, shaking it, letting it settle, then measuring the proportions of kind of soil.) Or what is the feeling to be looking for with the soil tests?

ANSWER: coming soon

6. re: energy grid. (This is exciting to me, because much of the Vastu science fits in with my dowsing/geomancy studies.) Does your teacher recommend putting a structure BETWEEN major energy grid lines on ON them? (Is there a difference for temples versus houses?) I understand they should line up or be one degree off, regardless.

ANSWER; be patient

7. Should we always build parallel/perpendicular to the cardinal N-S-E-W for the site? Or do these grids sometimes vary from the cardinal directions?

ANSWER: Always on the cardinal points with one refinement we’ll get to

8. How about during construction? I recently located a house BETWEEN some energy lines, with about one meter space around the building. The construction process has been protracted and painful, so I am worried that the energy lines are being hampered by construction. Does your teacher have any experience or advice here?

ANSWERE: What energy lines are you referring to?

9. I was so happy to read the story of the genesis of the mandala. It is used in Bali, too, with the head also to the Northeast. IS it possible to get a picture of the mandala that your teacher uses? Either as an attachment or by fax. (I would be willing to pay!)

ANSWER: When we get there anyone who wants to pay for the FAX can have a copy.

10. I was interested to read about the direct path for light in the house–the backbone. In Bali that line is always stopped by a little screen, for it is said that evil spirits travel in straight paths. This screen protects inhabitants. I would be very curious to hear your teacher’s thoughts on this example.

ANSWER: I’ll ASK

11. I am not understanding how you get the modules for the plan. If you work backwards from the height I see how you get 3′-6″. Do you just use that module, then for the floor plan?

ANSWER: Coming later

12. How is the mandala subdivided if it’s an 8×8 grid?

ANSWER: ditto

more student comments and questions, I have time to answer now but later it may be more delayed. Ahhh! It’s evening and it just started raining. What a blessed relief from the heaviness of the humid heat!

Just the east door should be used most by the master and Mistress of the house.

This sounds good. I like the idea of the East entrance….but not for guests if it is near the kitchen. I have a strong preference for guests to enter the living room first and for the kitchen to be quite remote from the front door. The important thing to remember is that we will be responding to time honored and tested patterns that are based on energy distribution and type . Life style preferences are fine , and feeling level is important but try to remain open to the knowledge that will come through on this. Actually, I have found northern light to be a blessing during the Iowa summer.

Theoretically this makes sense to me but it is not the response of my heart in actual activity.

I like the North for meditating, sleeping, and bodywork (where I want the recipient to go into a meditative state and where I must be very receptive and meditative myself). But during the day, it is the South that brings me joy and keeps me in tune with the path of the sun (daily & seasonal) thus making the passage of time a concrete, experiential reality for me.

East is great at dawn but distinctly loses it’s appeal later in the morning. West brings the gentle relief & sweetness of the sunset at the end of the day but is not so fascinating for the rest of it. A good southern exposure will keep you in direct touch with the path of the sun dawn through sunset for the majority of the year. North feels more indirect and somewhat cut off from that.

It’s just personal preferences and it’s good to feel and live with them.

It is possible that this sensitivity is the sign of some great imbalance in my system.

Let’s hope not

I have also never lived in a hot climate so I don’t know how it would seem to me there.

A cool rain is good

“Fencing a plot with acceptable proportions is also important. is because when vast land is limited by boundary lines it takes a form. That is, formless takes a form. As soon as a form is created, the quality flows or it assumes a quality.”

If it is rectangular the long side is to be oriented on the north/south axis.

This makes no sense to me for Iowa and has been a major Sthapatya veda concern for all the other ecologically oriented people I know.

Solar gain dictates that the long end of a rectangular house face south. This is an engineering decision.

“The long axis of a solar home should run east to west, presenting as much surface area to the sun as possible… If the home faces true south, you will get the maximum solar benefit, but as you rotate your home off true south the solar benefit is reduced…the reduction in solar benefit increases exponentially as you rotate the home’s orientation away from true south.”

“Ideally, the north side of the site will provide a windbreak, with evergreen trees and a protective hillside. These natural features will protect the home from the harsher northerly winds and weather. Deciduous trees on the E,S & W will shade the home in summer, yet drop their leaves in winter, allowing sunlight to reach the home.”

The Passive Solar House, James Kachadorian

This makes orienting the long side on the N/S axis sound seriously hot-climate biased to me. When I see these homes in Iowa I wonder what “Laws of Nature” we are talking about getting in tune with. Surely there should be a direct connection between working with the Devic levels and the climate they produce locally, yes? (This is a VERY HUGE question for me.)

I have found that there is plenty of opportunity for solar gain in a square or rectangular (N/S biased) house. There is much energy that comes in from the east and west as well as the south. The solar guys can toy with fanaticism at times. But look who’s talking!!

Yikes, I’m actually getting rain on my computer screen!!!! About cupolas, I see them in Iowa- but always on barns (where venting interior heat is a problem all year round for enclosed livestock) but not on homes (where venting interior heat is only a problem in the summer. I am not fully knowledgeable about this. I have never lived with one. But this observation has caused me to question their practicality here on a physical level.

I’ll ask about cupolas. I’m pretty sure they have something to do with crowning the building.

Luminous space you say is filled with luminous substance (vastu) consisting of Paramanus which are square and cubical. According to the writings of Alice Bailey (A Treatise on the Seven Rays, vol. III, p. 479) I quote “the present pattern of squares is the major construction of the web of light which is called the etheric body of the planet. The effort on earth today (as seen by the Planetary Logos) is to bring about a transformation of the web of the planet and thus slowly change the existing squares into triangles.” I understand that this may be a difficult concept to grasp, yet it makes me wonder about the paramanu concept and how it fits in with the square to triangle transformation mentioned above. Does it you? Have you any thoughts on this?

Do Northern & Southern India agree on what constitutes the Sthapatya vedic literature or is there some disagreement?

Is it generally (all over India) agreed that Vastu Science originated in Southern India? 9-12-99

In answer to this question I will give you the transcription of a recent conversation I had with Sthapati. (After an initial question or two he did all the talking!) “The four Vedas are not independent Vedas. They are all collected materials. That’s why we call it ‘collected’ Vedas. Rig Veda Sanghita(spelling, sorry) , the word ‘sanghita’ means ‘collected’. So there was Vedic knowledge in the pre-Vedic period. Because of deluge (earth changing floods and continental drift) it was separated. The old knowledge got dissipated . Later on, before the second deluge occurred, all these were collected and codified. Codified in what is called the four Vedas now. While codifying a lot of things were there but they were not able to understand because these things were scientific. All scientific things were dropped! Non-scientific and religious things they collected and codified for the four Vedas. So whatever scientific material from those days they didn’t keep. “Even today there are some scholars that say that Vastu Science is pseudo-science. They aren’t able to understand the science of it. And these things don’t exist in the Vedas. Some statements here or there will occur. For instance, there is a statement in the Veda ‘The greatness of sculpture lies in its being scientific.’ But no one has interpreted how sculpture is scientific, no one has said so far. “All the technical material is held by a group of people: the Sthapatis. That is why it is called Sthapatya Veda. So we fought with the Brahmans in the early days saying, ‘We are the superior people. We have got this kind of knowledge. Please get away!’ At that time we were very powerful. Nobody came close to us. Now we are very small. Minority. Today they say, ‘You have got technical knowledge but we have got the wisdom.’ We say ‘Where is your wisdom? How do you use it?’ “The Brahmins say they came from outside India by the Kyber Pass some 3500 years ago. From the north they migrated south. About 2500 years ago they settled here in the south. So they learned all these things. Only during that period were they able to collect this material for the Vedas. Even today northerners come to the south, stay here, learn the culture here, and then go back. And if you go toward the north, you find the strong culture that is pervading South India is very much diluted. All the Shastras, all the Vedas, all the science, everything, existed only here in the South.

We are responsible for Indian culture. To be frank, we should call it Vaastu culture. Even the Gods are Vaastu Gods. Even today if they want a temple they have to come to us. The Brahmins learned from us. There are not four castes but five castes, just as there are five elements. The Brahmins are the head, the Kshatria are the shoulders, the Viashas are the belly the Shudras are the legs and thighs and the Shilpis are the hands. There is a saying, ‘From nail to engine’. The Shilpi’s made everything.

(Question: Did the shilpis used to conduct the temple rituals?)

The ancient rituals were originally very simple. Merely prayer to God. Not these kind of rituals: putting dress, ornament and festivals. All these did not take place in ancient period, There was contact between God and man. Not an intermediary.

Here are some questions from a student:

Thanks for Lessons 9 & 10. Very interesting. Even mindboggling in some places.

From Lesson 9: Car dust, sesame seeds, paddy grains & angulas (finger measures) do not sound very exacting to me. All these things come in a variety of sizes….which vary with humidity & temperature even. What kind of standards have actually been preserved- and how have they been preserved- in Vastu science to insure that everyone is using the very same measuring units? Or is relative proportion the only important thing here?

Answer: The actual measure that the Sthapatis use is the Hasta of 2′-9″ this is their basic unit of measure. Also the angula is the smallest unit they use as far as I have seen = 1 3/8″. Relative proportion, rhythm is the most important. SThapati once said to me: one unit is one unit, whether it be one universe long or one inch, it’s just a rhythmic measure.

From Lesson 10:

True East I can understand creating harmony. But deflected one or two degrees for dwellings seems more than a little odd. Wouldn’t it sound ‘off’ in music to be just slightly off the beat? How does this little deflection work exactly?

Answer: I’ll ask as soon as I can. I didn’t question this. Sthapati said that true east will have a very spiritual influence but is not as conducive for fostering material well being. You want to just meditate all the time and not live in the world. He said true east was for enlightened yogis. Do you know if Maharishi Sthapatya Veda is building according to the deflection? Jeffrey says he thinks they are right on true east.

Answer: At Earl Kaplan’s house we deflected the true east direction. Can’t answer for the rest.

And, speaking of dwellings- how many dwellings have you actually seen over in India that have been built according to Vastu Science? Are they old or more recent? Just for the Brahmins or for the wealthy or for all classes?

Answer: Not many. I hear in Kerala there are some pure vaastu buildings. I’m going to try to get there. The buildings you do find are older. The new architects haven’t been that interested or think they already know vaastu principle and they slaughter the building. Can’t answer the last question.

Mention was made in an earlier lesson that the Sthapatis build the temples (all of them? ) for the Brahmins. Have they also actually been building their houses, schools, and other secular buildings all along as well?

Answer: All of the old temples were built by Sthapatis as far as I know. If you want a temple you go to a Sthapati. It’s like if you want your tonsils out you go to a surgeon. Ganapati Sthapati has done many secular buildings and house according to vaastu.

Some questions and comments:

1. Why is it that South and Southeast Asians go for these huge, oversized statues? Some huge ones are being built in Bali. They are very UN-harmonious.

2. You mentioned an article in SEdona JOurnal. Would you be willing to give me the citation so I can order a copy at the library?

3. Has any Westerner seen these documents? Would it be permissible to translate them? (From my studies in Bali, I know that such treatises are usually carefully guarded.) If so, it may be possible to get someone a grant to do that.

4. RE: slope of the site. My experience is that auspicious slopes and orientations tend to be somewhat local. I.e., sloping down to the east or north makes sense for the region where you are studying. In Bali, whose architectural theories are quite similar, it’s best to slope south and west. Would you be willing to ask your teacher about slopes for his temple in the Mid-west?

5. Soil tests…can you try to get some specific soil information, such as percentage clay, silts, or sand? (You could do this by putting some good soil in a jar, filling the rest of the jar with water, shaking it, and letting it settle, then measuring the proportions of kind of soil.) Or what is the feeling to be looking for with the soil tests?

6. re: energy grid. (This is exciting to me, because much of the Vastu science fits in with my dowsing/geomancy studies.) Does your teacher recommend putting a structure BETWEEN major energy grid lines on ON them? (Is there a difference for temples versus houses?) I understand they should line up or be one degree off, regardless.

7. Should we always build parallel/perpendicular to the cardinal N-S-E-W for the site? Or do these grids sometimes vary from the cardinal directions?

8. How about during construction? I recently located a house BETWEEN some energy lines, with about one meter space around the building. The construction process has been protracted and painful, so I am worried that the energy lines are being hampered by construction. Does your teacher have any experience or advice here?

9. I was so happy to read the story of the genesis of the mandala. It is used in Bali, too, with the head also to the Northeast. IS it possible to get a picture of the mandala that your teacher uses? Either as an attachment or by fax. (I would be willing to pay!)

10. I was interested to read about the direct path for light in the house–the backbone. In Bali that line is always stopped by a little screen, for it is said that evil spirits travel in straight paths. This screen protects inhabitants. I would be very curious to hear your teacher’s thoughts on this example.

11. I am not understanding how you get the modules for the plan. If you work backwards from the height I see how you get 3′-6”. Do you just use that module, then for the floor plan?

12. How is the mandala subdivided if it’s an 8×8 grid?

IN KERALA (A STATE IN THE SOUTHWEST) THE STHAPATI’S NEVER MADE THE TRANSITION

How fascinating! This transition business must have quite a story attached to it. Any details?

DID YOU KNOW THAT IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE WHEN YOU FLUSH THE TOILET THE WATER SWIRLS IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION TO THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE? ( OR SO I HAVE BEEN TOLD)

Yes. This is true. Water swirls down drains in the opposite direction down under. I have eyewitness reports from several friends who have lived there.

Regarding the VP mandala-

Does everyone agree on the arrangements of the devas in this or are there several versions?

Would it be possible to get a list of all the devas of the VP Mandala and the associations/properties of each that give them their special importance for architecture? (I know this is a variation on a previous question but I thought to just add it to fill out all of what I want to know here.)

If room functions & door positions change south of the equator, I would assume the layout of the devas in the VP Mandala also changes? Could you ask Sthapati to say a little about this?

THE SECULAR BUILDINGS CAN BE ROTATED 1 TO AS MUCH AS 10 DEGREES TOWARDS THE NORTH OFF OF TRUE EAST. THE INFLUENCE OF THIS IS MORE MATERIAL PROSPERITY.

Is the amount of rotation within the 10 degrees totally arbitrary or are there guiding principles as to how much rotation for which type of person or situation or whatever? Who decides how much rotation there should be & how do they decide that?

Exactly how does this rotation affect material prosperity? Does more rotation create a stronger effect?

Does this rotation towards the north bring in more material prosperity automatically by virtue of simple vibrational attraction to material prosperity or does it create more desire in a person to actively work out in the world for their material prosperity? Or something else?

Is there a little implied conflict here between personal spiritual development and personal material prosperity or is this just a life-style support difference between the recluse & householder ways of living?

1. You have explained that Shiva is the Mahadeva associated with the element of Akasha (space) and that sculptures of Shiva are (therefore?) made of metal; also that Vishnu is the Mahadeva of Earth element and his sculptures are made of stone. What are the Mahadevas associated with Air, Fire and water and what substances would be used to represent their energies in a building?

Are there particular substances (i.e. materials) associated with all of the devas in the Vaastu Purusha Mandala, and should they be incorporated in a building? Can you give us a list of the energetics of these various Devas, to provide a better understanding of placements & functions according to the mandala?

2. I have heard that time is speeding up (at least on our planet) during this period (of transition). The Earth’s magnetic field has also greatly decreased. Would these changes produce a change in a system of measurement based on “time” intervals?

3. I have seen that the square building layout can be elongated in a north-south direction, but I have yet to understand WHY it can be that way and not east-west. Is this to allow the first rays of the sun to permeate the full depth of the house east to west or is there a more esoteric (philosophical) reason? Could you please have Sthapati elaborate on this so we can understand the principles involved (obviously with reference to cold climates). Are the sun’s rays malefic at mid-day even when providing warmth in the winter? Overhangs could keep them out in summer…

4. Since the disciples of Mayan went to various parts of the Earth, does this suggest that the Mesoamerican Mayan culture utilized the same constructs of design and building? 5. Is there a need or logic about placing a house in the center of the

larger “fenced” or walled vaastu? Could it be anywhere within? What could be the layout for a small farm compound, for instance? Where would gardens and orchards are? Greenhouses? Guest houses? Storage to the NorthWest? In other words, how do these energetics move out from the house?

Can there be a Brahmasthan of the site which is not of the house itself?

I was very struck by the strong ecological bent of the material dealing with the ‘gross’ aspects of Sthapatya veda- putting the home in an area that has good soil, available water, etc. Planting suitable trees around the home, etc. Do you know if there is any interest in Permaculture in India? And if the ecology-types have had any comments on Sthapatya Veda? Does “Vaastu Purusha” ever have articles from bonafide ecology experts on these topics? Can one get back issues?

Also, with the Native American Medicine Wheels- there is a connection between where the various forces of Nature are said to reside on the wheel (for example, the thunder beings in the West and purification forces in the North) etc.) and how the people physically experienced the seasons, times of day and gross weather patterns (rain coming more often from the west than any other direction and the cold winds of winter which purify the land coming from the North). Can you ask SThapati (or maybe you know) if there is a similar connection between the seasons, times of the day, climactic & geographical facts of Southern India and the placement of the gods in the V P Mandala?

If not, what IS his take on the rationale for how the gods come to reside in those particular placements in the VP Mandala?

The south west corner of the plot is more sacred and durable.

How come?

“EARTH” (ELEMENT) ENERGY IN THE SOUTHWEST QUADRANT OF THE SITE.

OK, I can ‘get’ the durable part. But what do we mean by ‘more sacred’?

Why should the Earth Element be more sacred than the other elements?

Is it only considered more sacred with respect to the building arts or is it simply considered more sacred than all the other elements period?

What is the purpose of the kalashes?

Are the private sthapati-designed homes you are seeing in India equipped with these?

The house is a being: feet, legs, torso, neck, head and top of head. Kalash is the top piece of the house. it completes the form. Yes kalashes are here on private houses, in many forms.

Q. Is the perimeter taken before the exterior is added or after or to put it another way is the VPM perimeter calculation done first and then the exterior wall added? My instinct tells me before the exterior wall, however as you can see

I am not sure on this.

Answer: The perimeter of the VPM is the dimension that you do you calculations with. You adjust the perimeter of the VPM according to the Ayadi calculations for the individuals of the house. The exterior walls are best placed with their centerline on the VPM perimeter. The actual building perimeter will be different if you have extensions that expand outside the VPM (always with regard to the grid) but you only consider the VPM perimeter for Ayadi and that creates the final grid (and module) that spreads over the whole site. The VPM is the “mother”grid pattern for the whole site.

Here’s a new point that I came to in this last seminar. The Earth has an energy grid and the house has an energy grid. When we place the VPM grid based house on the Earth grid the house comes in congruence with the Earth’s grid and the energy of the Earth floods into the house. The question for me was: How do you know if you are aligned with the Earth’s grid, you can’t see the grid? Sthapati would always answer by saying that as long as the orientation (North/south/east/west) is correct the resonance is spontaneous. What I have realized now (Sthapati hasn’t said it in these words) is that the resonance occurs not because of a two dimensional congruent relationship between the house grid and the Earth grid (Sthapati said nothing 2d exists, only 3d can exist), but because of a 3 dimensional resonance: If you made a huge tuning fork, 6 feet tall, of the “C” note and a small tuning fork, 6 inches tall of the “C” note, they would still resonate with each other because their 3d geometry is the same (just different scale, Sthapati told me the numbers are the most important not scale, one universe or one grain of sand: one is one) The house vibrates with Earthly energy because of a 3 dimensional resonance: the VPM is not just a 2 dimensional grid it is a 3 dimensional object.

Q. I have done a floor plan of a house on Cad. Can I send it to you for a critique?

Answer: Try to send it. I may not be able to download it. Can you FAX it. If so FAX it to USA number and I’ll look at it when I get back (around Jan. 1) I’m traveling until then. 515-472-2157.

Q. My module is 3′-6″x5′-5″. I get 58 hastas. The remainder of 58 divided by 8/27 is 5. Would this make the house’s birthstar Pooram?

Answer: No. you move vertically down the chart. It would be Mrugasirsha (the Tamil word) I’ll give you more info when I get a USA chart.

Q. I cannot figure out the suitability of the tenant’s birthstar with the house’s Ayadi Nakshatra. This may be because the Paryaaya table came through with 1-9 only. 10-18 & 19-27 are blank. What are the rest?

Answer: Coming soon, I’m VERY sorry, it must be frustrating to have partial knowledge.

Q. How do you determine the birthstar of the tenants?

Answer: I ask a Joytish consultant (Indian astrologer) to tell me the Lunar Nakshatra of the person. Soon I will offer this service.

Q. When do you get back to the States?

Answer : Dec. 19 , but traveling until Jan. 1, The south west corner of the plot is more sacred and durable.

How come?

EARTH” (ELEMENT) ENERGY IN THE SOUTHWEST QUADRANT OF THE SITE.

OK, I can ‘get’ the durable part. But what do we mean by ‘more sacred’?

Why should the Earth Element be more sacred than the other elements?

Is it only considered more sacred with respect to the building arts or is it simply considered more sacred than all the other elements period? did I answer this already? water in and out at northeast, electric in at southeast, gas: no ancient precedent so please yourself. I would bring it in at southeast if it’s easy. MB

Has Sthapati talked any about utilities and how they come into the building?

Are they winding electrical wires and water pipes, etc. around the buildings there to get them coming in from specific directions?

In rereading the article what did you mean by ‘rhythm bound forms’?

Rhythm bound forms are forms that are designed with mathematical sequences evident. The glue of coherence is the regular expressed rhythm of elements.

The side of the module you use for height, if the module is rectangular, can be either, but I prefer the width to the length. See answers below:

I have to get started in the Ayadi calculation for the house I am designing and I need to know what you need to find the lunar birth star of the occupants. Also need to know what you will charge for this service. As soon as I have tied down the perimeter calculation and fine tuned the plan I can send you the floor plan to critique. Which side of the module do I use for the height. I want to know if you think that software program is a good one and if you recommend I get it. I understand you are still recovering and wait to hear from you when it fits your schedule.

Questions:

1. To repeat from ‘Questions re: L 15′ I should set the center of the exterior wall on the VPM perimeter. EXTERIOR WALLS CAN BE ON CENTER LINE OF GRID PERIMETER OR INSIDE OR OUTSIDE, I PREFER CENTERLINE. This means I will have to increase the size of the module because I have already set the inside of the wall to the VPM perimeter if I do not want to decrease the inside dimensions any further. Is this correct?

YES

I understand that I may still need to adjust the perimeter once I know the occupant’s birthstar and figure that in.

2. Does it matter what side of the VPM you use to determine the exterior wall thickness?

NO. YOU CAN GO WITH STANDARD THICKNESS IF YOU LIKE. TRY TO MAKE THEM CLOSE TO 1/32 OR 1/64 BUT DON’T FRET ABOUT IT. TRY TO MAKE ALL THE WALLS THE SAME THICKNESS IF POSSIBLE, THIS IS BEST, OR AT LEAST THE EXTERIOR WALLS AND THE MAIN INTERIOR WALLS WHICH WOULD BE THE TIC TAC TOE GRID THAT DIVIDES THE MOTHER STRUCTURE INTO 9 EQUAL PARTS.

3. Re: exterior wall thickness still, If my module is say 3′-6″ x 5’-5″. What do you do with the fractions. Do you round off? What do you do when you are working with a material or wall system in which you do not have the flexibility of changing the width to meet the Ayadi requirements?

DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT, IT’S NOT CRITICAL, IT’S A REFINEMENT THAT WOULD BE NICE TO USE BUT NOT NECESSARY.

Question #1: How do you feel (and Dr. Ganapati) about the use of synthetic materials as an energy signature vibration in construction?

VAASTU ARCHITECTURE FAVORS NATURAL MATERIALS: WOOD, STONE, CLAY/EARTH. THESE MATERIALS ARE MAGNETICALLY VIBRANT WITH THE EARTH ENERGY AND MAKE FOR A MORE ENERGETICALLY VIBRANT BUILDING, HOWEVER, THE GEOMETRY OF THE BUILDING IN PARAMOUNT AND MATERIALS CAN BE COMPROMISED TO AN EXTENT.

I know from my own personal experiments and that of others (not in the construction fields) that surrounding the physical body with synthetic vapor barriers such as Styrofoam and plastic, lowers, sometimes dramatically, the energy field of the human body. This is demonstrable, many times, by just placing a plastic bag over the head (not the face) of an individual. This is scientifically measurable, using quite simple methods, such as kinesiology.

GOOD IDEA, I’LLL CHECK IT OUT.

I believe that this is because these synthetic materials block natural magnetic and cosmic radiation and e ner gy.

If these materials have such a profound effect on the human structure, of substantially lowering the energy field (the amount of energy immediately available to the body), I am certain that it similarly affects any structure, which it surrounds. But I would like to get a balance of view from you and if possible from Dr. Ganapati, because the correct answer to this question in particular is one that is very important to me right now.

Question #2: Some persons and builders (such as in the Green Building Assoc., which I strongly support, [I met and visited with Doug Seiter

GIVE HIM A COPY OF MY LESSON ONE IF YOU CAN.

the other day-great guy]) want to use only recycled lumber in building.

I’VE HEARD IT’S BEST NOT TO USE MATERIALS FROM OLD BUILDINGS. THEY MAY CARRY THE VIBRATION OF THE PREVIOUS ENERGIES AND MAY NOT ALWAYS BE GOOD, ENERGETICALLY. This I don’t mind and support. What I don’t like is recommendations to use prefabricated and pressed lumber products because of the toxic adhesives and their effects, which last for many years.

MATERIALS WERE LESS IMPORTANT THAN THE GEOMETRY IN MY TRAINING, BUT I PERSONALLY FEEL THEY OFFER THE BUILDER AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A MORE VIBRANTLY SOOTHING BUILDING.

Also I believe, tentatively, that second growth harvestable, planned tree cutting in the correct environments, such as environmentally sound tree farms, is a part of sustainable agriculture. And natural wood is such a beautiful and highly energized material to include in our construction along with a wide variety of other natural building materials. YES I am totally opposed to the cutting of virgin and ancient timber.

YES, OPPOSED, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE TO IMAGINE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, CUTTING A TREE DOWN WITH HONOR AND USING IT TO BUILD A SACRED SPACE.

How do you feel about these issues? I would like to get more balanced and intelligent perspectives and you give me the feeling having both. Also, the more valid information I can get on these subjects, the happier I am.

I want you to know that I am never being controversial but desire to communicate, share and learn. Thanks. I totally agree about used lumber containing energy that may be negative. I, personally, believe that such lumber can be stacked properly in a sacred place (a blessed place) in the sun for 30 to 90 days and transmuted and purged of negative energies through prayer and meditation. This may not always be worthwhile and may not be nearly as applicable in India as in America where so much demolition is continually taking place. I wonder how traditional Vastu masters would work with this idea?

I’VE ONLY HEARD IT’S BEST NO TO USE MATERIALS FROM OTHER BUILDINGS. STHAPATI IS VERY CLEAR ON THE POINT THAT EVEN WHEN YOU RENOVATE OR ADD TO AN EXISTING BUILIDNG (ESPESCIALLY A TEMPLE) THAT YOU ARE DISTURBING THE ENERGY OF THE BUILDING AND IT COULD BE EVEN DANGEROUS TO THE HEALTH OF THE PERSON INITIATING THE WORK. FOR EXAMPLE, AT A TEMPLE RENOVATION IT IS TYPICAL TO CHOOSE AN OLDER MEMBER OF THE TEMPLE COMMUNITY TO HEAD THE PROJECT BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THEIR LIFE COULD BE ADVERSLY EFFECTED BY CAUSING THE DISTURBANCE OF THE TEMPLE ENERGY.

I also believe that very few people on the planet are aware of another fact. That the manner, lack of universal awareness, and motivation (such as materialistic greed) in which molecules are forced together to form many synthetic materials actually creates intrinsic negative energies similar as an idea to the negative energies in used lumber. Except being intrinsic may be harder to transmute. I have a couple long time friends in the scientific community in New Zealand

(CAN YOU PUT ME IN TOUCH WITHTHEM?) who have done extensive scientific testing along these lines, sometimes finding synthetic substances (I don’t mean poisons, just synthetics commonly used in our daily lives) extremely negative in their effect on the human energy field. (Note: “ENERGY FIELD”. An invaluable area of science which as yet receives little attention in the western world.) This varies widely, of course. Molecules are close to the basis of “life in form”and as such are very sacred. I believe that we (including especially the scientific community) need to become aware on a whole new level and honor the natural vibration and way in which the molecular level of consciousness naturally and harmoniously desires to dance and unite. Then we might begin to even create new substances, which would be of a very high-energy vibration. And like you have said to honor the Vaastu Vedic “form” which, I agree, seems to be a most important key to harmonious, living form. Well, I mustn’t take any more of your time, right now. I am sharing ideas, which are an intrinsic part of my life. And I continually desire to learn more about each of them. Are you going to China to learn about their methods of sacred and energetic construction? (NO, I’M WORKING ON A LARGE FACTORY PROJECT ALL ACCORDING TO VAASTU PRINCIPLES) I want to be able to learn all I can! And would be happy to pay you in order to learn more even beyond this seminar.

(IT’S POSSIBLE THAT I WILL HAVE A PHASE 2 OF LEARNING)

ARE YOU GOING TO FORM A VAASTU VEDIC FOUNDATION IN AMERICA? I WOULD TOTALLY SUPPORT THIS AND WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF IT FROM THE BEGINNING AND A LOYAL MEMBER. LET ME KNOW, PLEASE. I THINK THAT YOU SHOULD BE THE PRIMARY FOUNDER, WITH ALL YOUR WORK, EFFORTS, RESEARCH AND INTEGRITY, OF SUCH A MOVEMENT AND FOUNDATION. DOUG SEITER TOLD ME THAT WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND TEACHING (AND I AM BECOMING A PART OF) IS THE “FUTURE WAVE OF BUILDING IN AMERICA”. VERY CLOSE TO HIS EXACT WORDS TO ME. HE SAID THAT “GREEN BUILDING IS LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR THIS FUTURE WAVE”. SOUNDS GREAT: YES, WE CAN HAVE A BRANCH OF THE FOUNDATION INTHE WEST, GOOD IDEA.

comment from a seminar participant:

I totally agree about used lumber containing energy that may be negative. I, personally, believe that such lumber can be stacked properly in a sacred place (a blessed place) in the sun for 30 to 90 days and transmuted and purged of negative energies through prayer and meditation. This may not always be worthwhile and may not be nearly as applicable in India as in America where so much demolition is continually taking place. I wonder how traditional Vastu masters would work with this idea? I also believe that very few people on the planet are aware of another fact. That the manner, lack of universal awareness, and motivation (such as materialistic greed) in which molecules are forced together to form many synthetic materials actually creates intrinsic negative energies similar as an idea to the negative energies in used lumber. Except being intrinsic may be harder to transmute. I have a couple long time friends in the scientific community in New Zealand who have done extensive scientific testing along these lines, sometimes finding synthetic substances (I don’t mean poisons, just synthetics commonly used in our daily lives) extremely negative in their effect on the human energy field. (Note: “ENERGY FIELD”. An invaluable area of science which as yet receives little attention in the western world.) This varies widely, of course. Molecules are close to the basis of “life in form”and as such are very sacred. I believe that we (including especially the scientific community) need to become aware on a whole new level and honor the natural vibration and way in which the molecular level of consciousness naturally and harmoniously desires to dance and unite. Then we might begin to even create new substances, which would be of a very high-energy vibration. And like you have said to honor the Vaastu Vedic “form” which, I agree, seems to be a most important key to harmonious, living form. Well, I mustn’t take any more of your time, right now. I am sharing ideas, which are an intrinsic part of my life. And I continually desire to learn more about each of them.

Are you going to China to learn about their methods of sacred and energetic construction? I want to be able to learn all I can! And would be happy to pay you in order to learn more even beyond this seminar.

There are two questions that I would like to ask now. They do have to do with vastu theory to my mind, at least. So far, Vastu Vedic theory as you explain it makes perfect sense and I just swallow it up. It really stimulates my mind. Question #1: How do you feel (and Dr. Ganapati) about the use of synthetic materials as an energy signature vibration in construction? I know from my own personal experiments and that of others (not in the construction fields) that surrounding the physical body with synthetic vapor barriers such as Styrofoam and plastic, lowers, sometimes dramatically, the energy field of the human body. This is demonstrable, many times, by just placing a plastic bag over the head (not the face) of an individual. This is scientifically measurable, using quite simple methods, such as kinesiology. I believe that this is because these synthetic materials block natural magnetic and cosmic radiation and energy. If these materials have such a profound effect on the human structure, of substantially lowering the energy field (the amount of energy immediately available to the body), I am certain that it similarly affects any structure, which it surrounds. But I would like to get a balance of view from you and if possible from Dr. Ganapati, because the correct answer to this question in particular is one that is very important to me right now.

Question #2: Some persons and builders (such as in the Green Building Assoc., which I strongly support, [I met and visited with Doug Seiter the other day-great guy]) want to use only recycled lumber in building. This I don’t mind and support. What I don’t like is recommendations to use prefabricated and pressed lumber products because of the toxic adhesives and their effects, which last for many years. Also I believe, tentatively, that second growth harvestable, planned tree cutting in the correct environments, such as environmentally sound tree farms, is a part of sustainable agriculture. And natural wood is such a beautiful and highly energized material to include in our construction along with a wide variety of other natural building materials. I am totally opposed to the cutting of virgin and ancient timber. How do you feel about these issues? I would like to get more balanced and intelligent perspectives and you give me the feeling having both. Also, the more valid information I can get on these subjects, the happier I am.

I. What do you do when the lunar star and the house star are the same? A perimeter measure resulted in 61 hastas. The house star classified as Bharani.

2. What does it mean when the remainder for an aspect is zero.

3. Can you give more information on the positive aspects, for example, what they represent in more detail.

When asked if one could put a fountain or water fall or pond in the brahmasthan:

Sthapati said it’s best to have “no such fancies in the mother structure.” The water can create energy disturbance, maybe positive maybe not, unpredictable for peacefulness of the home.

For the residential bldgs Iyya was suggesting the western side as the most preferable one. About the placement of a fountain, Iyya has once said to avoid all such fancies within the mother grid but u could place it outside in an appropriate position taking care that it does not interfere with the energy flow, say for e.g. in alignment with a door opening.Have u heard him say a word called KUTTHU? If u know that, this is the thing that u should note while placing a water body.

1. To repeat from ‘Questions re: L 15′ I should set the center of the exterior wall on the VPM perimeter. This means I will have to increase the size of the module because I have already set the inside of the wall to the VPM perimeter if I do not want to decrease the inside dimensions any further. Is this correct? I understand that I may still need to adjust the perimeter once I know the occupant’s birthstar and figure that in.

2. Does it matter what side of the VPM you use to determine the exterior wall thickness?

3. Re: exterior wall thickness still, If my module is say 3′-6″ x 5′-5″. What do you do with the fractions. Do you round off? What do you do when you are working with a material or wall system in which you do not have the flexibility of changing the width to meet the Ayadi requirements? I’m finding the space requirements to be very challenging. I really do not want a big house for just two people and a cat nor one that is over a story and a half high, but I do need at least one room that closes off for guests and bodywork and one for our bedroom that aren’t tiny and cramped. I have not figured out how to do this yet.

Anyhow, I find I don’t understand the height business as well as I need to. When we talk about applying the grid (in a simple fraction portion of the length or breadth of the VPM) to the height of the house, I assume that means from the bottom floor of the house (basement if there is one? I know you don’t consider this the ideal, but if there is a basement, is that what you consider the base of the house?) to the highest point/peak of the roof? Or to the top of the cupola, if there is one?

Also, I have heard from my friend, Lori, who is building a SV house with Depak here in town that Depak does not consider that the basement (Lori is building a full basement) has to have a Brahmasthan in it because it is below ground. Does this ring any bells with you?

Do you have any idea why the dining room would be placed in the West? I don’t understand it from the point of practicality (having to carry food & dirty dishes all the way across the house to and from the kitchen) nor from the point of digestibility (agni being in the SE)

I have QUESTIONS! 1. Must the height of a room or building always be a minimum of three modules? Like 3′ modules, then at least 9′ high? 5′ modules=15′ high? Or can height be figured in any other way, say, as in a large building, to avoid excessive height when it is undesirable? THE RULES FOR ELEVATION ARE MAINLY FOR TEMPLE STRUCTURES. I TAKE THE MODULE AND MAKE A CEILING HEIGHT OUT OF IT AND THEN FIND A ROOF HEIGHT WITH. THEN DIVIDE THE ELEVATION INTO 8 PARTS AND LAYOUT ELEMENTS ACCORDING TO THOSE LINES. THE “RULES” ARE NOT HARD AND FAST FOR RESIDENCES, UNLESS YU WANT TO APPLY THEM AS PER TEMPLE BUILDINGS AND THEN YOU GET A VERY UNCONVENTIONAL BUILDING.

2. Is it best to keep ALL walls, including exterior walls centered over the grid lines? YES

3. Do you know what Dr. Ganapati Sthapati means by “REVERSE DANCE”? That is, there may be a valuable symbology here. I would like to know the actual, applicable meaning entailed. WHAT WAS THE CONTEXT?

4. Can the Deivika Padam (Celestial Realm) of the VPM be used as a walk way in a house, or should it be avoided for that purpose? WALK WAY IS APPROPRIATE. P.S. I have QUESTIONS! 1. Must the height of a room or building always be a minimum of three modules? Like 3′ modules, then at least 9′ high? 5′ modules=15’ high? Or can height be figured in any other way, say, as in a large building, to avoid excessive height when it is undesirable? THE RULES FOR ELEVATION ARE MAINLY FOR TEMPLE STRUCTURES. I TAKE THE MODULE AND MAKE A CEILING HEIGHT OUT OF IT AND THEN FIND A ROOF HEIGHT WITH. THEN DIVIDE THE ELEVATION INTO 8 PARTS AND LAYOUT ELEMENTS ACCORDING TO THOSE LINES. THE “RULES” ARE NOT HARD AND FAST FOR RESIDENCES, UNLESS YU WANT TO APPLY THEM AS PER TEMPLE BUILDINGS AND THEN YOU GET A VERY UNCONVENTIONAL BUILDING. (so can a ceiling of a home be one, two or three modules high?) YES

3. Do you know what Dr. Ganapati Sthapati means by “REVERSE DANCE”? That is, there may be a valuable symbology here. I would like to know the actual, applicable meaning entailed. WHAT WAS THE CONTEXT?

(it is in the book, TEMPLES OF SPACE SCIENCE, concerning the cosmic dance of Lord Nataraja being clockwise [to the right] and then changing to the left [counterclockwise] in the Vastu Purusha Mandala. There seems to be a specific reason or science for this; but he didn’t explain, in terms that I can understand, at least. I got the gist of it, somewhat; but felt a little confused as to the real and, especially, as to the practical application.

You can not have your columns on the corners of that central module.What if you take the central 3 x 3 module of that 9 modules and place the columns there?

“Mayan,The Vastu vijnani and originator of Vaastu tradition states in his Mayamata that it is space (akasha) itself that is known as linga and which dwells in all things.

Are there 2 Mayans ie. 1. the architect for the demons as well as 2. the other name for Visvakarma, the architect for the devas? THERE WAS ONE HISTORICAL MAYAN. I THINK HE WAS CALLED VISVAKARMA AS AN HONORARY TERM. THAT’S MY IMPRESSION.

He holds that the subtle existence or subtle energy which animates the entire range of things is “Vastu” and all those living beings and cosmic substances in which vastu gets itself installed are denoted by the term “Vaastu”. So vaastu is vastu which has some grosser manifestation. But Vaastu Purusha is still a subtle energy, one that is personified but not visible to our gross senses until it gets expressed into material form?

VASTU IS THE ABSOLUTE, THE SOURCE BEYOND THE SUBTLE UNIVERSE, THE INFINATE POTENTIAL. VAASTU IS THE EXPRESSION OF THE UNIVERSE. VASTU PURUSHA, I’LL GET BACK TO YOU ON THIS. I WANT TO ASK STHAAPTI.

You mentioned consciousness is vastu. Vastu then is connected with the spiritual dimension. Is paramanu another name for paramatma, the Supreme Personality of Godhead present in every atom or is it that paramatma is present in paramanu?

I MUST ASK STHAPATI THIS, BUT I WOULD SAY THAT PARAMATMA IS THAT THREAD OF CONCIOUSNESS AT THE CORE OF THE PARAMANU: THE BRAHMA SUTRA.

In the heart cave of the body there is inner space and inside the inner-space there is the vibrant thread of consciousness. It is this thread of consciousness that functions as the string of sarira-vina (bodily instrument) (The structure vibrates with cosmic energy and the bodily Instrument resonates with this vibration) To create and offer the house of supreme bliss, and to enable us to experience that supreme bliss here in this mundane house itself — these are the prime motives of the Vaastu science.

Mayan, the energetic Seer and Sage was the creator and the first formulator of this great order.

Any connection with the Mayan civilization?

STHAPATI SAYS THAT MAYAN’S DISCIPLES TRAVELED THE WORLD OVER AND INFLUENCED MANY OTHER CIVILIZATIONS. STHAPATI TRAVELED TO SOUTH AMERICA AND CENTRAL AMERICA AND DISCOVERED THAT THE SAME VAASTU PRINCIPLES WERE USED IN THE MAYAN CITIES THERE.

How important is the Kalash, besides being traditional?

I DON’T ALWAYS PUT THEM ON THE BUILDINGS, BUT, THEY ARE ALWAYS ON THE TEMPLES AND MY TEACHER WOULD RECOMMEND. IT’S THE PLACE WHERE THE HOUSE MEETS THE SKY, A SIGNIFICANT PLACE. THE COPPER KALASHES ARE NOT SO BIG AS THE MGC ONES. THEY DON’T STAND OUT THATMUCH.

Would prefer not to have one. If we decide to use the upstairs bedroom (in the NE corner) as the mediation room, would there have to be any dimension changes?

NO DIMENSION CHANGE

Any recommendations for the location of the oil tank?

I WOULDN’T PUT IT ON THE NORTH EAST OR DIRECTLY DIAGONAL TO ANY CORNER OR DIRECTLY OPPOSITE THE MIDDLE OF THE BUILDING IN ANY DIRECTION

We are working on the duct work for the exhaust for the furnace (power vent). If we were to use forced hot air we need to place the ducts.We are going to need ducts for air conditioning anyway. Any ideas for these different ducts?

TRY TO HAVE DUCTS NOT GO THROUGH THE BRAHMASTAN ON ANY LEVEL, IF POSSIBLE

Also we plan on putting in a cistern to collect rainwater from the gutters for outside watering. Does that need a special location?

NORTH EAST CORNER

There is pump system involved that comes into the basement. Any recommendations for outside water spigots for hoses?

NO , PUT THEM ANYWHERE.

Vastu Lessons

Welcome to Vastu Design’s Online Seminar

General Principles of Vastu

General Principles

The design regime for the Vastu architect follows specific parameters:

  1. Orientation and siting considerations
  2. Building Layout with regard to a grid called “Vastu Purusha Mandala”
  3. Dimensioning with regard to the client¹s birth time
  4. Exterior door locations
  5. Brahmastan
  6. Room Placement
  7. Height

Vaastu Purusha

The selection of a building site is a very important factor in Vastu Architecture. The Earth is considered a living organism in Vastu Science. Sthapati says, “The Vastu Shastras address this energy contained in the Earth as Vaastu Purusha¹. Purusha means subtle energy that permeates the Earth and Vaastu¹ is the material body that evolved out of the energy… In abstraction, Purusha is but a subtle substance: Vastu¹ (or essence of the subtle universe) which means universal consciousness¹ or awareness¹. Earth is…a live material object suspended in (a sea) of space and existing as apart … of the Universal Being. ”

Site Slope

The general slope the site is very important. Sloping down to the East, North East or North is considered to be beneficial with the opposite having negative effects for the occupants of the structure. From my research, this seems to have something to do with the flow of water over and under the site. Also, the position of water on the site or in relationship to the site is considered: Northeast being the best location for a body of water. Fencing a plot with acceptable proportions is also important. It is because when vast land is limited by boundary lines it takes a form. That is, formless takes a form.

Energy Grid

Of utmost importance is the orientation of the structure with respect to the cardinal points of the compass. According to Vastu Science, a network of energy lines covers the globe of the Earth: an energy grid. These lines are very similar to what we know as the longitude and latitude lines. The lines are conduits by which the energy concentrated at the center of the vital Earth flows out and spreads over the Earth. They are also lines of absorption of solar, lunar and stellar energies. The Earth pulsates with life and rays its energy through this grid system. Vastu Science relates that all planets are suspended or soaked in the ocean of space, which is the source of energy that sustains all embodied energies including man and other animate beings that live on the Earth.

The concept of the energy grid has been the ruling element of Vastu science in the domain of traditional designs pertaining to Indian architecture. The building plan is laid out with respect to an energy grid called the “Vastu Purusha Mandala”. One typical grid is 9 x 9, but there are many other traditional grid forms consisting of odd and even numbers. This grid can be made of squares or rectangles. When the grid plan of the structure is oriented to the cardinal points of the compass it is said to lie exactly over the earthly energy grid. (Establishing of the building grid in exact relationship to the cardinal points of the compass applies to temples. For secular structures it is best to rotate the structure about one degree to the north of true East.) Once the designer establishes the grid, he can lay out the walls and pillars of the building on this pattern. Sthapati says, “This establishes a kind of geometric congruency or harmony with the earthly grid. If the structure¹s grid is in harmony with the Earth¹s grid, then the built space and the Earth respond harmoniously energetically. If there is any distortion, deviation or deflection in the grid lines of the proposed building grid and that of the Earth¹s grid, then the built space is said to be in disharmony with the Earth¹s energy grid system.” Vastu science holds that we are wedded to the Earth and constantly exposed to the energy fuming out of it. To be in harmony with this energy is the goal. Again Sthapati: “Just as we, human beings, harbor in our heart an atom of Divine energy by which we are able to vibrate with life…the Earth also vibrates from within sending forth energy waves.” The Vastu designer brings about harmony between the vibrations by implementing particular a mathematical order called Ayadi.

Ayadi

The knowledge of Ayadi is used by the designer to determine the effects of the physical structure on the individual. The homeowner is born under the influence of a particular birth star. The building is considered to be a living being and also has a birth star. Ayadi calculations attempt to harmonize the energies created by the influence of the birth star of the person and that of the building. When these energies are harmonized the dweller experiences material prosperity and spiritual well being. Ayadi is also said to be able to effect the fate of the individual.

Courtyard of a vastu residence, Tamil Nadu, India

The Brahmastan

Another significant element in a Vastu residence is the Brahamastan or central courtyard. In a grid of 9 x 9 it is the center nine units. It is the energy heart of the house. It is the lung of the house. This part of the house should always be left open and free of obstructing elements (pillars or walls) and mechanical services. It is best if this portion, at least, is directly in contact with the Earth. It is traditional, where climate permits, to leave the Brahmastan open to the sky so that the energetic space surrounding the Earth is attracted into the house.

This provides the inmates of the house with beneficial spiritual energy. When there is a roof over the Brahmastan then there should be a natural light source, a skylight or cupola with windows, at the roof. Also, if possible, a small vertical passage can be provided at the apex of the center. Room location in the building is an important factor in Vaastu architecture The location of a particular room defined by function is determined by respecting the particular element that rules that area of the building.

Practical Design Matrix

All these principles (and more) taken together give the architect a design matrix for creating buildings that live and vibrate harmoniously with universal energies. I have found them easy and pleasing to use. I am convinced that this information is worth study and application by anyone interested in understanding the significance and full potential of sheltering the human nervous system.

Introduction

See a video on vastu dimensions.

Vastu Architecture

Michael’s new book is now available, Vastu Architecture: Design Theory & Application for Everyday Life

In 1998 and 1999 I traveled to Madras, India, to study the principles of Vastu Science as applied to Vedic Architecture. Through my work and research, I had become aware of this tradition of sacred Architecture which employed basic principles of the laws of nature to promote the health and happiness of the people who lived these special buildings. In previous years, I had been commissioned to design two buildings that conformed to what my clients called Sthapatya Vedic Architecture. They requested that I work directly under the guidance of a designer in Europe. I was directed by this designer to create a floor plan and elevation following certain basic principles of room placement and then send it to him for review. The process of design and review went on for several weeks until we had arrived at a building that conformed to the room placements and included very precise, if odd, numbered dimensions for the plan and elevations. I was instructed to insist that the dimensions be held with integrity as the building was erected, down to the 1/8th of an inch. I was very interested in understanding the principles of design and the philosophy behind the design and I requested more information from the Sthapatya Vedic expert. To my great disappointment, he communicated to me that he wasn’t at liberty to convey the information that I wanted.

Michael Borden vastu seminar

I began a search for information about Sthapatya Vedic Architecture. I found that there were several volumes of ancient Indian literature, as well as modern, dedicated to the subject. When I surveyed the books I found them quite confusing. I realized that I needed to find a teacher. I attended a weekend seminar on the subject given by a designer from India, but again, the actual nuts and bolts information was not made available. Finally, I found an architect in India who was supposed to be an expert of the tradition of knowledge. I had attended a performance of Indian sacred dance one evening and in the introduction to the performance the dancer told us that she had danced at a conference on Sthapatya Vedic Architecture in Southern India. After the performance, I asked the dancer if she could recommend me to an expert architect in the tradition. She eagerly gave me the name of Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati of Madras, India. I called the Sthapati (meaning: expert sculptor and building designer) the next day and he told me that he was building a temple in the Midwest and would be visiting the site within a week. I made arrangements to meet with him when he came to the USA.

Ganapati Sthapati

Ganapati Sthapati was born in 1927 into a family whose ancestors built the great temple at Tanjore in the 10th century. He learned his craft from his father and uncle. Starting out as a sculptor’s apprentice, growing to become a master sculptor and a temple designer. He spent 27 years as head of the Government College of Architecture and Sculpture in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. He is responsible for India’s significant resurgence in the ancient art of stone carving. After his retirement in 1988, he continued building temples and founded the Vastu Vedic Research Foundation to explore the ancient origins of temple craftsmen.

V. Ganapati Sthapati

As I was ushered into meet Sthapati I noticed that the Indian workers that were building the temple treated the man with utmost respect. Our interview lasted about one hour. I showed him my house designs and he chuckled as he critiqued them. He said that architecture was frozen music and that a building could be an expression of pleasant and powerful harmonies. He made sketches on my drawings, mentioning something called a “Vastu Purusha Mandala”. He spoke of the possibility of a building being a coherence generator, tuning the occupants to the laws of the universe and increasing health, wealth and spiritual well being.

He said that a building was a living organism, like the human nervous system, and could be designed in “harmonic resonance” with the basic underlying energy structure of the universe. But more than his words, his presence, his confidence, his enthusiasm and love of his art, told me that he was a man who lived his Truth. At the end of our meeting I asked him if I could come to India and study with him, he seemed a bit surprised actually, but he welcomed me to come.

Historic Context

Ganapati Sthapati holds that the historical figure, Mayan, an architect and town planner of ancient India was the source of “Vastu Science”. He was the author of Mayamata Vastu Shastra (a treatise on building and architecture) and also Surya Siddhanta (a treatise on Astronomy). These works are still alive and being used by scholars and practitioners all over India.

Sthapati told me that Mayan was adored as “Viswakarma” by Veda Vyasa in his Mahabharata (one of India’s most renowned scriptures), implying thereby that Mayan was aware of the dynamics of SPACE and was able to apply the space-mechanics to his own creations and transform them into little universes on the Earth. Whatever he was able to create in visual terms, be it a sculpture, building or a town or city layout, they behaved like living organisms and pulsated with life. He was a great scientist of India who identified and quantified the vibrancy of the space enveloping the Earth and the heavenly bodies and also dwelling in each of the objects of nature.

Vastu Purusha Mandala

The plan of the layout of a temple or a residential building is technically called Vastu Purusha Mandala with a grid of 8 x 8 = 64 spaces or 9 x 9 = 81 spaces of equal dimensions. In modern architectural terminology this can be addressed as an energy grid. These layouts are squares, two dimensionally, and cubes, tridimensionally. Those two layouts are the geometrical formulae for the shilpi (sculptor or architect) to replicate the subtle substance of the universe into visual material form. This is the formula handled by God Viswarkarma, the creator of the universe, to turn his own thoughts into material forms. This formula is couched in a simplistic saying – Vastu reva Vaastu meaning – it is subtle that turns into gross. Here Vastu is subtle energy and Vaastu is embodied energy. This was discovered and put into the Vaastu texts by Mayan.

In Sthapati’s words: “What is amazing to be remembered in this context is that they (forms produced by the application of Vaastu Science) are the forms (geometrical patterns) of the Spirit, reproduced in its own time-scale. They are the replicas of the subtle forms experienced at heart. They are living organisms that resonate with the Supreme Reality.”

There are many factors at work in the creation of a building aligned with principles of Vastu Science. There are ancient texts with thousands of pages that dictate in detail the design necessities of buildings in general as well as specifics. For example in one text, the Mayamata, some of the chapter headings are as follows: Dwelling sites, Examination of the Site, Taking possession of the Site, System of measurements, Orientation, Offerings, Towns, Number of Stories and the Dimensions, The Foundation Deposit, The Base, Dimensions of Pillars and Choice of Materials, Entablature, Joinery.

My experience was that to digest, assimilate and apply the information in these texts was a discouraging chore. I began studies with Ganapati Sthapati hoping that he would act as and interpreter and filter of the knowledge for me and this he did. I came away from my studies with a balanced and applicable body of knowledge.

Pre-designed Vastu Home Plans

Indian Vastu Homes

The India Homes Portfolio is a collection pre-designed Vaastu homes.
The main inspiration for this collection is to serve the ever growing interest in Vaastu Science throughout the world today and especially in India. Our aim is to make a true Vaastu house design available at an affordable price. The charge for a fully compliant Vaastu house design is only US $1.08 per square foot.

Vastu home plans

The Shiva Series
is designed using the Aswani star for setting up the correct Vaastu dimensions.

Vastu home plans

The Vishnu Series
is designed using the Revati star for setting up the correct Vaastu dimensions.

Vastu home plans

The Western Series

In development now are plans more suited for western homeowners. These feature the same attention to detail for a fully complient Vastu house design. These plans will include features customary in homes in the US, Canada & Europe, which are not commonly found in Indian homes, such as attached garages, laundry rooms, utility areas, mud rooms, and so forth.

Vaastu structures are designed to be resonant with earth and cosmic energies.
The exact proportions, orientation, dimensions, entry and room locations are very important. These houses are designed to be excellent in all aspects. Most important, the dimensions have been determined by aligning the home with the star of Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu. This assigned birth star of the house creates a vibration, or “frequency,” that is conducive for all good effects.

When you purchase a design, you will receive:

  • A fully dimensioned floor plan,
  • Four fully dimensioned elevations,
  • A worksheet which includes all the basic considerations that need to be followed for the construction of a Vaastu home.

Your next step will be to take your Vaastu design to a local engineer or architect for the creation of construction plans. The construction plans will give you the structural and mechanical solutions for a safe building. This is highly recommended.

Please enjoy the portfolio and let me know if you have questions.

One Hour Vastu Phone Consultation

One Hour Phone Consultation

Ask me anything you like for an hour …

What’s possible in one hour? I’ve talked with many people through the years from many countries. Here are some examples:

  1. Questions can be answered to help you decide if a Vaastu structure is for you.
  2. Site conditions can be reviewed for the location of best building areas. (It’s best if you send me topographic maps and photos.)
  3. Preliminary analysis of existing home conditions for possibilities of rectification.
  4. We can have a quick review of how an existing design can be modified to work with Vaastu principles.
  5. Fee: $125

Also see Questions & Answers to learn more about everything from the online seminar to mandal purush vaastu!

Initial Mini Consult

Vastu Review & Evaluation of Your Home or Apartment

Send me your house plan or apartment plan and I’ll comment on the plan and orientation in terms of Vastu.

Land Review

  • An initial review of a plot of land
  • Please send me:
    1. plot map and orientation to true north
    2. direction of downward slope of land (if any)
    3. description of any water on or near the site:
      • what type of water is it? (pond, stream, spring, lake, river, etc)
      • how far from the proposed house site
      • what size is the body of water?
      • In the case of a river: what is location and direction of flow
    4. location and type of any outstanding landscape features,
    5. location of adjacent houses and streets (a google map link will do).
    6. location of any public buildings or other neighborhood features.
  • For plots of land the initial review may require more time after the first phase of the review. It may be that a review of the local Covenants and Restriction is needed. The fee for follow up review is $116/hour.

Structure Review

  • An initial review of an existing house or proposed house plan.
  • Please send me:
    1. For proposed home
    2. All dimensioned floor plans with rooms labeled
    3. for existing buildings:
      • orientation of an existing building, ideally with true-north compass orientation
      • exact address of an existing building, ideally with a google earth or google maps street view link
    4. for planned construction
      • exact desired orientation
      • exact location, ideally with a google earth link or google street maps view link

 

 

 

Option 1: $125 per plan for site plan or floor plan.

Make your payment
and then send me the documents
and information above.




Option 2: $230 for site plan and floor plan.

Make your payment
and then send me the documents
and information above.




Client References

Here’s what the Clients Say

We are celebrating our First Anniversary in our new home. Designed by Michael Borden from scratch strictly as per Vastu Shastra and custom build according to ancient science of Vastu. It was labor of love. Almost 9000 square feet but still feels cozy. We can now tell the distinct effect of Vastu rules. You can feel the tangible positive vibrations. So far it is been abode of bliss and success. Looking forward to years of joy with our friends and family.

Michael Borden was excellent for our renovation project. His design sense represents a great combination of western and eastern influences.

He was magnificent in working with our contractor. We were also blessed with an excellent contractor who had no experience with vaastu architecture.

Michael¹s pricing/charges were less expensive than we had expected to pay. He does things on a timely basis. He is not an ideologue about vaastu but is a true believer and adapts well with his clients¹ needs and interests.

Our project was a complete renovation along with rectification and addition of an existing 2,000-square foot, house built in 1939. It faced east in an almost perfect match up with the compass points. The new house is about 4,700 square feet.

The house was faux Georgian colonial. My wife and I like Arts and Crafts. Michael was able to make all this work in subtle and wonderful ways.

Michael helped us create our dream house in every way. Over the course of the project he worked extensively with our contractor. They brainstormed many solutions to the kinds of problems that always surface in a project this large.

This was the biggest project we had ever done. We have worked with architects before, and Michael is the best.

Michael also gave helpful ideas in terms of landscaping and more.

One of the great things Michael did was blend the existing house with the new house: through window choices, architectural details, and door choices, among other things.

The word I always use to describe about our project is proportionality. That is what vaastu encourages and enlivens. Michael has a strong command of this.      —H.B., Missouri, 4/07

Having Michael Borden, in Iowa, design our house in Maryland, turned out to be much easier than such a distance might suggest. At an early stage he was inspired with a suitable overall concept consistent with Vaastu, with our needs, and with the terrain, and was always swift and flexible about modifying it during the consultation process. In our case, his design will be transformed by other engineers into a customized modular construction. The builder has remarked on the beauty of the design.      —R.D. & L.D., Maryland, 5/06

Right from the start, Michael was an absolute pleasure to work with. He took his time explaining S-V principles and worked patiently with us to incorporate them into our building design. His depth of knowledge and flexibility in understanding our limitations was comforting, to say the least. Even though he was half way around the world, he was always prompt in answering our questions.. Frankly, we couldn’t have pulled this project off without Michael being an integral part of our team.      —B., 2/06

Working with Michael was a real joy. He took our idea of an over sized garage with offices and yoga space and transformed it into a truly remarkable building. So far our building has only been framed – it’s almost “dried in” and we love it more and more with each passing day. We walk upstairs and we feel like we are in a sacred place. The lines of the ceiling with the cupola and dormers is stunning. Being in Kauai our views are spectacular, but it is much more than that – the building just feels and looks great. Michael has the sensitivity of an artist along with practicality, a lively sense of humor and good communication. A winning combination!      —L.R., 11/05

From the very first meeting to discuss various vastu approaches to rectifying and renovating our home, to the final walk-around when construction was completed, Michael’s assistance and input was simply wonderful. His depth of Vastu knowledge, refined architectural aesthetic, common sense approach to design and construction decisions, recomendations for contractors, and his ability to recognize and respond to our needs (including differing ones between my wife’s and mine), all blended to create an extremely successful and delightful project.

There is no question that within this new structure, our physical and spiritual comfort has increased. Thank you Michael!      —B. R.

Working with Michael was a great pleasure for us. What impresses me most about Michael is his communication. From day one he started communicating with us about our project. Secondly he has through knowledge Vastu Shastra. I learned a lot from him regarding Vastu. He is honest and hardworking. Although he was in India for SV research, he did not stop working on my project and kept on communicating with us as he did in our town. Thanks Michael for designing my dream house.      —A. K.

I recently heard about Vaastu through a call from an investor who stressed the need to incorporate Vaastu principles into the design for a business development. I was given Michael’s number and thus began my introduction to Vaastu. While our planning had already been completed and had passed through the town review process, Michael worked with me to make sure that I could adapt as much of the Vaastu design principles into our existing design as possible; fortunately, the town planning board was amenable to our proposed changes. I now have a business development under construction that reflects our growing interest in working with these universal principles and enhances our ability to bring integrity and abundance into our daily lives.

For our next project we will begin the planning process with Vaastu design. Thanks for your help.      —T. L.

You can only be as enlightened as the purity of the spirit of your house lets you be.

Moving into our Vastu house was one of the biggest leaps forward in consciousness that I have ever taken.The only thing I can compare it to is when I received the Flying Technique. When we moved into our Vastu house, I felt like I was in a different country. Of course the house was new and everything was wonderful, but the feeling was beyond just that. It felt like my orientation in the world was different.      —M. L.

Another revelation about Vastu came when the fence was put up around the house. I realized why in my native country, Latvia, in the old folk songs, the expressions “in our home” and “in our fence” are used synonymously. The addition of the fence really made our home feel finished and protected.      —M. L.

We love the house, love living here and especially love meditating here. We have had very positive reactions from our new neighbors, our builders and everyone visiting. Working with you was a real pleasure from start to finish. We truly appreciated your very prompt and complete responses to all of our issues, your willingness to be flexible and the great house you and Charlie Ficke designed. Please feel free to direct anyone to us who have questions about working with you.      —B.L & M. L.

I discovered Michael Borden after an astrological reading revealed that I “should be learning how to create sacred space”. I didn’t know exactly what that meant at the time, but a deeper part of me understood. After finding Michael’s website, and purchasing his training DVDs, I explained to him our project of building a retreat center in Costa Rica and that we needed to bring in the Vastu principles. Working with him purely over the phone and via the internet and email, Michael created our Vastu Purusha mandala based on our birth information and Nakshatras and formulated all the floor-plans for our project based on his Ayadi calculations. Michael not only came to the project with his professional expertise, but also with sensitivity and compassion for our unique and specific needs. He worked quickly with sensitivity to our budget and was always there to answer questions and to help us work around obstacles. Michael is not simply an architect, but an intuitive guide who will walk with you along your path to help you create your own sacred space.”

     —Karen Heil, Healing Therapies and co-owner of Ahki – A Sacred Space for Retreats in Costa Rica.

Michael Borden got a beautiful small model home built of wood to be a”proxy’ for the actual big house.Since then there is definately more peace in house and in me.

The house is finally up! We are very happy with the results –thank you for all your help and expertise.      —2009