Vasthu Sastra expert
T. Selva and political scientist Dr Chandra Muzaffar give their
analyses of the state of different countries.
Selva: Vasthu-wise, India’s shape is inauspicious as it narrows
in the south. India’s north-east, the water corner, is occupied by the
Himala-yan mountain range; having weight in this quadrant results in
tension with neighbouring nations.
Furthermore, the country
has lost the prosperity and benefits from both the south-west and
south-east quadrants. Having water bodies in those quadrants can result
in India facing threats from other nations and not having a close
relationship with its neighbours. Because of these defects, the country
is likely to struggle for prosperity and will face economic and
financial challenges constantly.
Dr Chandra: Over the last 500 years, Western colonisation has exploited non-Western parts of the world.
In India, Calcutta in 1750 was a more prosperous
city than London, and India before British colonisation had a fairly
sophisticated level of civilisation. It had a strong agricultural base,
made numerous advances in science and mathematics, and had many
Then the British colonialists arrived and chopped off the fingers of
thousands of artisans so India could not produce textiles and compete
with their own products!
Even though it is now independent, modern-India lost two centuries
worth of resources feeding the British empire. It also has built-in
problems due to the disputes with Pakistan that are a direct result of
the way in which the colonialists divided the country in 1947.
Of course the Indian caste system is another burden of the past that the country has to overcome.
T. Selva: Vasthu readings do indicate a
favourable future for China. Its shape is auspicious with more plus
than minus points. It is located in the north-east corner of the globe
and its own north-east corner is extended too. In Vasthu, if that
corner is extended, prosperity and fame will be enjoyed by the people.
The capital, Beijing, is located in the north-east and this is why it
is more developed than the rest of the country. The minus point is that
the south-west portion is “missing”. Because of this, even though the
country has fame and prosperity, it will have to depend on other
countries for success. This is why although China is a leading
manufacturer, it is actually producing goods for other countries.
Dr Chandra Muzaffar: If
you look at the histories of countries, there is a clear evolution. For
hundreds of years, China has been exposed to floods and typhoons which
in the past would take the lives of tens of thousands of people. But
over the last few decades, China has become better at dealing with
natural disasters. This is a result of planning and experience and the
marshalling of resources.
Selva: The US is an auspicious
country because its great lakes are located close to the north-east
portion, which is the water corner and its mountains are located along
the western portion. It has an irregular rectangle shape and almost all
its states are a perfect square or rectangle. In Vasthu, squares and
rectangles are favourable because the flow of energy in such areas are
not distorted. So the United States will continue to enjoy good fortune
for many years to come.
But where leadership is concerned, a
quick look at the White House shows that the Oval Office, which the US
president works in, is in the south-east quadrant. In Vasthu, the shape
of the office is inauspicious because the flow of energy in such a
setting is rapid. Anyone working in such an office will not be at
Furthermore, the south-east is the fire corner and those working in
such a location will often be aggressive and face many conflicts. There
are also other defects in the overall structure of the White House,
which has a south-west entrance. This is an inauspicious opening. Owing
to all these factors, any president taking office will face a lot of
Right now, I don’t believe that the Washington-elite is leading the US
to a future that would ensure the dignity of its people. They have a
war-related economy and a federal budget deficit of nearly U$9.7tril
(RM35.89tril), I believe. Because of the war, the regime has earned the
political mistrust of most nations. I believe it is a nation in
decline. With Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it wrought, we saw
a country that has great resources failing to deal with the disaster. I
would say apathy came into play.
Selva: Although Malaysia does not
have the perfect Vasthu shape of a square or rectangle, the country
generally enjoys prosperity, peace and stability because the defects on
the peninsula are not serious. One favourable indicator is that the
country’s north-east portion is narrow and has a water body, the South
China Sea, on one side. Ideally, the south-west portion, the prosperity
quadrant, should be square. But the fact that it curves slightly means
the shape is not too harmful. As such, the cities in the south-west
quadrant, like Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Malacca and Johor Baru, will see
more development and activity than cities in the rest of the country.
Penang is located in the north-west wind quadrant, a favourable corner
for manufacturing industries whose goods will move fast.
In Malaysia, of course we have good and bad things. Our roads are not
safe, we have political structures that detract from harmony, there is
a serious intra-community income disparity. The government’s basic duty
is to ensure that its citizens can live in dignity, and, to a huge
extent, this relies on leadership and whether it can respond to
challenges. Yet when all is said and done, we are in better shape than