Vastu Shastra

Question: – A lot of my cousins in India are building new homes for themselves as they have a relative or two in Canada/UK sending them money.

All are using this “Vastu Shastra” method to pick a land plot and the construction, the type of land, shape and size etc.

I wanted to ask, from a purely Sikh view does this hold any water?
(Jas Singh)

Answer : – Vastu Shastra has no place in Sikhism.

The building where people recite the Name of the God Almighty is good. The Gurbani says: –

Jithai Naam Japeeyai Prabh Piyaare. Se Asthal Soyen Chaubaare. (Where the Name of God the Beloved is chanted, those places become mansions of gold). (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, page 105).

On the other hand: –

Jithai Naam Na Japeeyai Mere Goyinda, Seyee Nagar Ujaarhi Jio. (Where the Naam, the Name of my Lord of the Universe is not chanted-those towns are like the barren wilderness). (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, page 105).

Practically, in a well planned city in Punjab, it is not easy, in fact almost impossible to follow rules of Vastru Shastra in every building.

The concept of Vastu Shastra has been popularized through TV channels in India. People, who spend lots of money on their houses, do not want to take any kind of risk. They just try to follow rules of Vastu Shastra, without knowing if these rules actually are meaningful or not.

Pahilaan Vast Siyaan Kai, Ta Keechai Vaapaar. (First, examine the merchandise, and then, make the deal). (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, page 1410).