So you’ve reached that milestone in your life, the one where you’re just about to fork over your life savings (or the GDP costs of a small European country) for a new home. Looking around your potential new digs, you’re wondering, “Will I be comfortable here? Will I be happy here? Is there enough space for all my saris and shoes? If I get that 100”plasma screen television, will it make the living room look small?” All valid questions, but then you think about the energy in the place, whether or not it’s lucky for your health, your romantic life and your professional life. This is where new home owners, specially the Indians in Hong Kong or China think about Vastu Shastra vs Feng Shui .

Growing up in Hong Kong, most people have heard of the art of Feng Shui. But being Indian, you’re a little more familiar with daadi and her discourse about Vastu. But what are they?

Vastu is a kind of ancient astrology. It means “the science of construction”. It is how nature affects different living and working spaces. It includes the five basic elements in the world: bhumi (earth), jala (water), vayu (air), agni (fire) andakasha (space). Energy originates from the centre of a building or a house, and moves outwards. It is often used in the design and architecture of mandirs.Feng Shui means ‘wind’ and ‘water’. It has been developed in China for more than 3,000 years. The energy is scattered by the wind, but it is retained by water. The energy, positive or negative, can either make or break a kingdom. The energy can be rearranged, or reset, in a space so that it flows in a way that is good for health and fortune.

Both methods have been used for hundreds of years and they are steeped in cultural tradition, religion and history. Both have their merits, it’s just a case of choosing which one you feel works best for you, and which one you have faith in.

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