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Book Review: "Vastu Architecture: Design Theory & Application for Everyday Life" by Michael Borden

Review by Michael Laughrin,

Vastu Architecture bookThe bad news is that Mr. Borden's guru, the greatest expert on Vastu (Vedic architecture) passed away several months ago. The good news is double - not only do we have Michael Borden, one of Dr. Sthapati's prime students, available to us, but also he also brought out an excellent book on Vastu about one month ago.

Now, I must say that the greatest book on Vastu, at least in modern times, is Dr. Sthapati's Building Architecture of Sthapatya Veda. However, at least to me, with my limited knowledge of Vastu, the best book is Mr. Borden's new release Vastu Architecture: Design Theory & Application for Everyday Life.

Without a doubt, Dr. Sthapati's book is deeper, more philosophical and more complete, but I think that Mr. Borden's book is clearer, simpler, better organized and more to the point. Let me put this another way: If you are planning to build a Vastu building, buy Michael Borden's book. If you have any serious interest in Vastu, buy Michael Borden's book.

My wife Mara and I do live in a Vastu house, designed jointly by Mara and Mr. Borden. It is wonderful and has changed the course of my life in a positive direction. Mara and I have about 8 or 9 other books on Vastu. I enjoyed reading Vastu Architecture far more than any of the others (10 on a scale of 1 to 10). I learned more from reading his book than all of the other books put together - for example, did you know that a human being is a Vastu structure? Also, Michal Borden's book confirmed what I intuitively knew: that Vastu is a spirit. Each building has a consciousness (or soul) and that soul is either happy or not, depending on how the structure was built, the surroundings, and to what degree the construction process adhered to the ancient Laws of Sthapata Veda.

Everyone interested in Vastu in any way should read Michael Borden's book. Those who want to delve deeply into Vastu should also peruse Dr. Sthapati's volume.

You can buy the book Vastu Architecture: Design Theory & Application for Everyday Life on Michael Borden's website,

Review (c) copyright 2011 Michael Laughrin.

From the October/November 2011 issue of Michael Laughrin's North American Jyotish Newsletter. Click to subscribe to this free Jyotish newsletter.

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