There’s an old adage in Malayalam which says a goat need not be housed in a shelter meant for an elephant. A huge structure is built for an elephant considering its size and might. If a goat leads its life in an elephant shelter, it will become thin, goes the saying.
According to ancient ‘vastu’ wisdom, a house should be built according to a man’s weight, height, width, birth star, his ‘dashas’ and birthday. The size of the house should match with these factors.
However, if a person prefers to build a bigger house, he should plan a ‘nalukettu’ – a house with four sections. Each of the four parts of such a house would be aligned with the directions – east, west, north and south.
Those dreaming to live in a still larger house should plan an ‘ettukettu’ – a building with eight sections. Kings and emperors can build a ‘64-kettu’, which has 64 sections, each distinct from the other. A mansion should never be one big structure, according to vastu.
Sadly, very few people follow these instructions. The houses they build are meant to show off their wealth, status and false pride. Some even construct a single house in a plot extending to several acres. According to ancient architectural science, a single house should never exceed the specified dimensions. Even if such a building comes up, things will be smooth only for a maximum of six years after the house-warming ceremony. From then onwards, life will turn topsy-turvy.
People wishing to build a big house can plan it in such a way that it is not a single structure, but comprises various segments. The house can look like a single building from the exterior, but each segment should be independent.
We should not bring about our own downfall by building huge mansions. As a Sanskrit saying goes, everything should be in moderation. This applies to all facets of life, including the house we live in. Excess invites trouble, even regarding buildings.