Q: I LIVE in PE and I want to sell my house as someone said it had a lot of negative energy. But I like living in that house, although it old. I sometimes do get sick, mostly in winter. Is it a viable option to change the house or are there ways to purify it? | RG A: Do not believe that easily without any supernatural evidence. There is a fine line between psychological problems, co-incidence and negative energy in the house. The following are general tips that could give you an indication if your house is haunted. 1. If a member of the home falls ill and medical science and the astrological chart cannot diagnose the problem. 2. Hearing odd noises especially at midnight when all windows are closed and there are no natural occurrences. 3. Unexpected, multiple and spontaneous breaking of glass dishes and mirrors in the home. 4. Visitors find it uncomfortable to visit the home for a long period. 5. On the new moon there’s a hype of unexplained activity in the home. If you have observed all of the above, then it is most likely that some negative energy is present in the home. Do the following to try to rid your home of this, known as “Shudhi-karan” (to purify the home ). 1. If these occurrences are observed by only one member of the home, you should first rule out any psychological problem. 2. According to Vastu, you must allow maximum sunlight and ventilation, as negative energy lives in dark and still places. So, positive Vastu energy will help expel the darker energy. 3. Every member of the house should be strictly vegetarian for the next 108 days. If negative energy is very strong, then follow 151 days of being vegetarian. 4. Try to avoid the use of strong perfume during this time only, as black energy is attracted by smells. 5. Keep your house tidy, neat and clean. Get rid of junk. Your home should not be cluttered with things that you have not used for a couple of years. 6. Every new moon, clean your house thoroughly. 7. Replace any rusted metal, burnt or damaged wood and broken mirrors. 8. Read the Sunderkand with fullfaith for the next 108 days continously. Group reading will give you results sooner. Alternatively, you can also read the Shree Hanuman Chalisa 11 times every day. Read it loudly. 9. You can also read Durga-Saptshati during this time. 10. You can also read the Bhagavad Gita at this time. The person who is mostly affected should carry a pocket copy of the Bhagavad Gita with them. 11. Give up laziness and pray daily. 12. Sprinkle Ganges water in the house more often. Also, keep cow urine and cow dung in the house. 13. Plant the “tulsi (devi) plant” (holy basil) in the garden. Always plant on a raised platform in a clean pot. Spiritual importance for those who follow Hinduism: “Every home with a tulsi plant is a place of pilgrimage, and no diseases, messengers of Yama, the God of Death, can enter it.” Wherever the aroma of tulsi is carried by the wind, it purifies the atmosphere and frees all animals from all baser tendencies: “Vishnu, the Lord of the three worlds, takes up abode in the village or the house where tulsi is grown. In such a house no one suffers calamities like poverty, illness or separations from dear ones.” Padmapurana, Uttarakhanda, 6-24-31-32.15. 14. As per Vastu rule, if you have a tulsi plant at home, it attracts God’s energy and its aroma radiates positive energy which nullifies the negative vibes in the house. 15. Consult any genuine Vastu consultant in your area and show your property. ¡ Please note: To counteract negative forces you must increase spirituality. Anyone who does external prayer for the home will not be as effective. It is best if you perform all the above activities. The above is the most powerful remedy, it only needs your efforts, discipline, time and faith – 99% will kick out the negative energy easily. God Bless.