Mr. Ashok Balasubramanian

Vaastu Meter, Apr 2010

I am not able to understand the logic of Vaastu, but Vaastu has worked 

This month Vaastuyogam speaks to Mr. Ashok Balasubramanian of Morgan Industies.

The Morgan Logo Designed by Dr. Rao

The Chennai based MORGAN Group started as a Transport, Travel company in the late Eighties.  Subsequently the company branched into the manufacture of Adhesives & Adhesive Tapes. With the passage of time it entered into Plastic films in the early 90 s. Today, the Group activities include Travel, Transport, Adhesives, Adhesive Tapes, Plastic film, Commodity Trading, Iron-ore, Projects, Printing, and IT related services.

Mr Ashok Balasubramanian of Morgan Industries Ltd

Mr.Ashok Balasubramanian and Dr.Ravi Rao are close friends. In fact their friendship began before Dr.Ravi Rao embarked on his journey as a Vaastu consultant. Here, Mr.Ashok Balasubramanian recounts some of his Vaastu experiences.

We met Mr. Ashok Balasubramanian at his Chennai office.

Excerpts from the interview :-

On Vaastu

Briefly put, Vaastu is about organizing built space to conform to simple but inflexible ancient scriptures. If you follow it you stand a better chance to live happier. Don t ask me what will happen if you violate the Vaastu principles. I am not able to understand the logic of Vaastu, but Vaastu has worked. Vaastu says that if you have toilets in so and so direction, your factories will close down and true enough, they close down! You relocate the toilets to a Vaastu prescribed direction and the factory not only restarts but also does well!

You have a factory floor plan that is laid out on sound experience but you face petty nagging troubles and then you make changes to it as per Vaastu. All of a sudden things work smoother. It is almost magical!

Vaastu says that if people will face so and so direction and occupy so and so corner, your company will face attrition problems, and true enough you do face them. Make simple Vaastu changes and the scenario changes drastically!

I could go on and on, but I think the point is made. Understanding the ways of Vaastu can be baffling but results are there to see. Until we met Dr.Ravi Rao we did not know something like Vaastu existed. It was he who introduced us to Vaastu. As Dr.Rao was a great friend of ours,   for his sake and his sake only we began to accept Vaastu. But, happiest blessings of all, Vaastu worked. Once it worked there was no looking back. We saw a whole many positive developments happening after we got into Vaastu. Even today after having been introduced to Vaastu for so many years I have not yet understood Vaastu logic. What matters for me is that Dr. Rao is there and that results are undeniable.

On Astrology

Vaastu is a part of Astrology. If your time is good your Vaastu too should be good and conversely, if your time is not good, your Vaastu also might not be good. However, if your Astrology is good but Vaastu is bad, you can make Vaastu changes and reap bumper results.

As an extension of this view I believe that the Western nations are going through a phase, where due to their strong stars, they are exceptionally well-off today. Again, due to the fact that their stars are strong their Vaastu might be good too.

It is nations of South East Asia and Africa, which are currently not doing well that truly need Vaastu. Vaastu provides the businessmen and industrialists of these countries a chance to win and live happily. They should not waste this chance.

On Dr. Rao

I don t know Dr Rao as a Vaastu consultant or astrologer. I know him as a good friend right from the time he was studying. Even at that early stage, he was determined to make it big.

I must confess, that it was difficult for me, or anybody else who knew him at that time-to take his ambition seriously. What I like about him is that he is not a scheming kind of a person and doesn t have ulterior motives. His determination and commitment to do good but be good too sets him apart. Having said that, let me add that we have had our big fights over Vaastu. The fights have been friendly ones and they finally ended with me seeing the true power of Vaastu.

Dr.Rao has never grudged me my Vaastu ignorance or the big arguments on the subject between the two of us or my persistent questions. Had it not been for him and his true concern for me   I would not have gone through a major Vaastu exercise that I am going to tell you now:-

His home and the Vaastu improvements

Of all the mighty Vaastu changes Dr.Rao might have made he reserved the mightiest (and most outrageous) for me. He asked me to leave my house and move to a new one. His argument was that my house was anti-Vaastu and not just that, it was beyond correction. He broached this subject mildly at first, but soon he became insistent and threatened to go ahead and do it on his own.

Changing the house was out of question, so I told him that I would do all it takes – no expenses spared – to rectify the house to his satisfaction. What we two did to the house and how we finally converted it into an almost Vaastu perfect house   must have been Dr.Rao s biggest of challenges.

To add a small twist to the tale, let me narrate to you this juicy sub-plot. Even the house we were to move into temporarily did not suit Dr Rao s standards of Vaastu compliance. So, first things first; we made a series of Vaastu changes in the house we were to rent and only after the changes were done we went and stayed there till the time work on our house was completed.

I am now happy that we did all that we did. However, at that time I was not sure where the whole thing would take us. I went through the whole exercise and blew up a huge amount only for one reason – it was not my belief in Vaastu but my faith in Dr.Rao s faithfulness. I knew that Dr.Rao would not do any wrong to me. That he was my well-wisher. He was not doing it for any money but for me and my family.

Today everything in my factories and offices is done as per Dr.Rao s advice. To give an example, in our office we have kept a particular room vacant and use it only for discussions etc. Since our offices are spread over two floors and also to an adjoining building coming and going to this discussions room   involves a whole lot of walking and what might seem to everyone else to be uneconomical movement. But we have done it because it is a part of Dr.Rao s Vaastu guidelines   and so we implement them without fuss. In fact we follow Vaastu in all our activities. He has e-engineered the whole of it to his standards.

I believe that Vaastu is an integral part of our routine and we should abide by it without wasting time on arguments. However, we should also remember Astrology and the crucial role of the stars in our life.