As an Architect, I have often been confronted by my clients’ blind faith in the Vastu Shastras — the ancient building code of India. At first, I dismissed it out of hand; but the trend refused to die. Finally, I decided to take a closer look at this phenomenon, hoping to gather enough evidence against it.
To my surprise, I found that when seen in totality, it conflicted very little with my professional training. The Vastu Shastras are, basically, rules for holistic architecture. However, that is only the good news.
The scientific basis of the Vastu Shastras has been reduced to mere superstition by self-styled experts
The bad news is that it has been turned into a monster of superstition by a number of so-called experts. They have crawled out of the woodwork to make a very fast buck by preying on people’s insecurities.
This booklet was written because the non-professional has no way of understanding the first thing about these ancient texts. It explains in simple terms, the origins and meaning of the Vastu Shastras.
While this book is not intended to be a comprehensive encyclopaedia on the subject, a thinking person will quickly learn to differentiate between the genuine code and outright superstition.
This book is distributed under a Creative Commons License v.3.0 and you may distribute it freely provided that it is non-commercial, unmodified, and attributed to the author.
The download counter
By bizarre coincidence, as of yesterday, (1.11.11) the downloads of my Vastu Book hit 11,111. I’ve been planning on a new and updated version which incorporates green building and this might be just the incentive I need.
Meanwhile I’m working on porting the entire website to WordPress — as and when time permits!
I could have sworn this page didn’t exist when I searched for such a download some months ago. I’d found some sites selling the book for a few bucks but now the author himself is giving it away.
“The GDL Cookbook 3 is out of print and I am unable to get Cookbook 4 out, so I am providing a free download for the PDF (no print, no edit) copy.”
It’s over 7 years old but still useful today and, hopefully, David Nicholson-Cole will be able to bring out the version 4 soon. I’m waiting to buy it.
Go to :: GDL Cookbook 3
This link was sent to me by a client of mine and has a bunch of books, in PDF format, not just about – and by – Laurie Baker but also on other subjects of interest like trees and ecological sanitation. Most books are in English but some are in Hindi or Marathi as well.
Go to: Arvind Gupta’s Book Gallery