By T. SELVA
Ancient knowledge like the Vasthu Sastra should be observed as a way of life to experience the desired results of peace, prosperity and happiness.
It should not be viewed as an application that is only used when an individual runs into trouble.
I received an e-mail from a factory owner in Penang who lamented that his five-year-old manufacturing business is facing losses and he suspects something is not right with the energy flow at his premises. He asked for tips to rescue the situation. His factory faces South.
He can no longer cope with the low orders, reduced earnings, pilfering and disgruntled workers.
The first step he should take is to do an audit of his factory exterior to determine its location. It must not face a T-junction which is inauspicious in Vasthu. A road that “spears” a building brings negative consequences to its occupants.
Next, the building should be built on a square or rectangular piece of land. Avoid irregular land shapes as they distort the flow of energy.
The building should be located towards the western and southern sides of the property, that is, less space in the two quadrants and more space in the northern and eastern quadrants.
The ideal entrance should be in the South-East with the guardhouse positioned here.
The power transformer should be positioned in the South-East, which is the fire corner for such a facility.
Parking bays should be sited in the South and toilets for workers should be in the West, followed by the canteen in the North-West.
The generator should be in the “air corner” in the North-West, and the factory can have a water feature in the North-East.
The entrance to the factory should be located in the East, and the recommended place for the quality control room is the South-East.
Heat-related machines could be positioned in the South-East, followed by other heavy machines in the South and South-West sections.
Avoid placing heavy machines in the North-East as that would retard progress and cause disunity among employees.
The best use of the West quadrant is for the storage of raw materials and the North-West should be reserved for all finished products.
It is vital to leave the end product in the air corner so that the goods would clear fast and the company will attract new orders.
Packing and assembly of goods should be handled in the northern region.
The office plays an important role in the success of a factory and for a South-East entry, the ideal place for the facility is in the North-East. Here an enclosure can be created and the main door to the office should open towards the right upon entering the premises.
The managing director should occupy a room in the South-West and his back should face the wall. An image of a mountain like Mt Everest should be hung on the wall behind him, and he should sit on a maroon chair. His table should be rectangular in shape and bigger than other tables in the office.
Other management staff like the general manager or manager should occupy the North-West and they should face East when working.
In the extreme corner of the South-West where the managing director sits, a safe box should be placed to keep cash and important business documents. This location is the wealth corner and such placement would enhance earnings and bring unexpected abundance.
Accounts staff should sit in the North-East sector and face East, and the administration staff should use the South-East section of the office.
The office floor colour should be maroon, brown or orange so that the employees will be alert and remain focused on their work. Avoid black, grey and blue on the floor.
White light should be used in the office to improve concentration and remove any lethargic feelings. Warm lights or mood lighting are discouraged in an office.
Manufacturers who orientate their premises according to the flow of energy can expect a harmonious working environment, accident-free production and enjoy steady growth.
T. Selva is the author of the Vasthu Sastra Guide and the first disciple of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai, India. You can follow him on twitter at @tselvas and write to him at email@example.com. This column appears in print on the last Sunday of every month.