Sometime around 1989, I started practicing Vaastu. It was a very new subject for everyone at that time. My initial lessons were from my grandfather in the year 1976-77. Learning astrology was like a ritual in our house and I learnt it from my guruji. When he taught me the subject, people started coming to my place on Sundays to get their predictions. I used to help people by reading their birth charts and making predictions. However, I never thought that I have some astrological aptitude in me. Eventually, more people used to visit me on Sundays and I started becoming popular in my circle. There were days when I used to travel from Vizag to Hyderabad and Hyderabad to Delhi. People would come and sit with me in the train for counselling and consultations.
One person would come and sit with me from Rajeev mandi to Vijayawada, then another person would sit with me from Vijayawada to Chennai. I was practicing the subject so I enjoyed it. This helped me explore the subject and gave me a hands-on approach while I learnt it. That was the beauty of the subject.
I came to Ahmedabad, Gujarat in 1997. This was the time I started taking Vaastu seriously as a career. During 1997-2003, our country suffered a recession and a slowdown in the economy. Each and every industry was suffering and nobody had any idea about the subject of Vaastu. It is not just a subject, it is a ritual. I started giving lectures about the science of Vaastu in rotary clubs and private institutions. I started earning respect and popularity as a subject matter expert of Vaastu. As a result, industrialists and entrepreneurs started seeking professional guidance when their businesses weren’t performing well. Due to the downturn during 1997 – 2003, people started referring other people to me for solutions and through word of mouth, I earned the title of “Turnaround Specialist”.
When I moved to Hyderabad, I learnt Astrology from the Universal College of Astrology (Occult Sciences). Then, I went on to pursue my MA from Telugu University Hyderabad. Later, I moved to Delhi for higher education where I used to give tuitions to students wanting to learn astrology.
I was then introduced to a few industrialists whom I offered solutions to their industrial and corporate problems. This became my bread and butter at that time. I didn’t make much money out of it, but it did earn me a lot of fame.
Idea for Vaastuyogam
I started making money enough to sustain myself and feared that things would not be the same for me after the recession, which ended in 2003. So, I thought of writing all my success stories to whoever I offered solutions to during those days. One of my friend advised me to start a monthly newsletter publication as this would not only talk about my success stories but also preach more Vaastu awareness amongst the people of our country. We already had a hand-full of subjects like Numerology, Palmistry, Astrology, Vaastu, Graphology, Horology, Prashna Shastra, and Western Astrology. In 2003, I even gave a lecture on Vaastu Shastra in UK. Now, I wanted to document all of my experiences and learning in the form of a newsletter so others could benefit out of it. Hence, I began with an 8-page monthly newsletter that talked about Vaastu stories of people. It used to be a closed circuit of Vaastu studies; however, it didn’t reach to a wider audience globally as it was being handled by a single person. A few years later, Vaastuyogam was revamped to a 16-page newsletter & the demand for Vaastu articles and the newsletter Vaastuyogam sky rocketed with an increased readership across the globe with people demanding several specific articles.
The updated line up of articles included logo stories of Corporate legends, historical monuments and landmarks across the world with their architectural significance, testimonial write ups of people experiencing positive changes in their life by following Vaastu, interviews of Architects having followed Vaastu, and many more topics. We made this newsletter available in PDF for all our Indian readers who were settled abroad. This was the USP for Vaastuyogam.
In 2003, when the recession came to an end, there arose a conflict in the society among the architects, clients and Vaastu consultants. Architects and Interior designers started feeling that the subject of Vaastu is blocking their creativity and they started seeing it as a threat to their own subject. In between, many sub-categories of Vaastu emerged as full-fledged subjects like Pyramid Vaastu, Energy meter Vaastu, Para Vaastu, and Feng Shui. All of these subjects entered our country at the same time. So, people started looking for short term solutions. It was a mixed basket of society; therefore, people were not having correct directions.
Sometimes, people would get scared of Vaastu consultants because they had associated Vaastu with a lot of demolition and devastation of property. People on one side, liked the results it delivered; however, on the other side they would not accept the changes it demanded in existing properties. Architects used to resist Vaastu by saying, “It is all hocus pocus, there is no substance in Vaastu Shastra.” At times, I used to think of ways and ideas to do something which made everybody understand and acknowledge the great teachings our forefathers discovered with these Shastras. I wanted Vaastu to survive for a longer time for what it was worth for. So, my writings and testimonies came in very handy to the society and made Vaastu subject afloat across the globe.
By 2007-2008, all my clients brought in Architects for the discussions too. I used to provide the architects with Vaastu compliant designs which were acceptable from Vaastu viewpoint as well as an Architect’s viewpoint. This forced the architects to consider Vaastu as an important element while making the designs. Many times, it has happened that after providing 4-5 iterations of Vaastu compliant designs, things would not work out because it didn’t match the basic requirements of the house as per the taste of clients. So, one would understand that my job as a consultant is to understand how my advice will help you to balance your life. Similarly, architects should provide their inputs. This increased the awareness of Vaastu among everyone – architects, structural engineers, civil engineers, MEP designers, principal architects, as well as the buyers (end users). This was the greatest phase for Vaastu as I feel that the subject of Vaastu – long ignored and exploited, came to the fore.
Connecting to the 21st Century
After 2014, I started travelling across the globe to UK, US, and other countries so people started asking me to introduce Vaastuyogam in other regional languages as every segment attracted different audience and readers. This gave me a new hope, and with my new team, it gave me balance and peace of mind as much of my time was saved for other activities. Vaastuyogam justifies its tagline, “Connecting Vaastu to the 21st Century” with the most modern writing language that connects to the younger generation of people in the language of their choice. Vaastuyogam is now available in Hindi, Gujarati, Telugu, Russian languages apart from English language and we are soon planning to introduce it in other parts of the world by bringing in German, French, Portuguese, and Swahili languages. Vaastu is just like yoga of ancient Patanjali which has gone across the globe. Paramus Astrology and Mayamatam Vaastu will soon be celebrated across the globe for better mankind, construction, harmony, and peace.
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