Column: T. Selva

Are you planning to buy land and build a house?

If you answered yes, then conduct a study of the site like the land shape, size, slope, proportion, location and elevation of a plot before deciding to purchasing it.

This is because all these factors can significantly influence the owner in both positive and negative ways. According to the ancient science of construction, even who you buy the land from is important.

Land must not be purchased from a person who is bankrupt, suffering from a serious illness or who has left the country. This is because the bad energy left behind by the former owner will affect the well being of the new occupant.

It is also not a good idea to buy land that has been donated to a temple or a charitable organisation, land without any title deed, or that has been auctioned or used by criminals.

According to Vaastu Shastra principles, if a house is constructed on such a site, the dweller will not have peace of mind, will suffer financial losses, experience obstacles to progress and face sorrow and grief. Land containing boulders or ant or worm hills and bones should not be acquired. Neither should plots of land that are waterlogged or filled with loose soil; reclaimed land and burial grounds are also deemed inauspicious.

While excavating the earth before building, keep an eye on what is dug up as they can be indications of what could be in store.

• Anthills affect wealth and longevity 
• Bones indicate obstacles to progress 
• Bricks indicate the owner will enjoy wealth and acquire more properties 
• Coal indicates ill-health and financial loss 
• Copper or metal indicate a prosperous life 
• Gold, silver or coins can bring all types of comforts 
• Iron or steel pieces indicate death 
• Snakes indicate an obstruction to building progress 
• Stones indicate wealth 

Square and rectangle shapes of land sloping towards the northeast are best. Other favourable shapes are the "cow-faced" site where the front is narrower than the rear, and octagonal and hexagonal plots.

A plot of land squeezed between two bigger plots is inauspicious as it will bring poverty to the residents.

The colour of the soil should also be taken into consideration. Favourable soil colours are white, red, pale green, yellow and black; favourable tastes are sweet, sour and bitter. Fertile land is good, so look for greenery growing on the land.

Other clues about the soundness of the land can be obtained from test holes. Dig a knee-deep hole (about 1m in length and breadth) in the middle of the plot, then refill it with the soil dug out. If there is excess soil left over, it is a good plot. If the hole is filled easily, anyone living on such land would be able to earn a lot of money but will also spend a lot. If the earth removed is not sufficient to re-fill the hole, the land is inauspicious.

The second method is to dig a hole in the same way and fill it with water. Wait for a few minutes and watch whether the water subsides or not. If half the water gets absorbed, the ground is favourable. 
Selva currently provides daily tips on Vaastu Shastra on Malaysian radio and television and also writes a Sunday column on Vaastu Shastra Malaysia’s leading newspaper The Star.
His latest book titled Vaastu Shastra Guide has hit the best seller list and it is now available in English and Tamil. The author can be contacted at 

—T. Selva is a renowned author from Malaysia. He will write a column on conscious living through Vasthu Sastra in India Empire starting next issue.

July 2008

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