Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Vastu for the Bedrooms


Since we are spending one-third of our lives in the bedroom, its location is of utmost importance. Spending close to eight hours a day in the same area, the inherent properties of specific zones work on our subconscious and mould our life accordingly.

The location of a bedroom and the sleeping position has a bearing on our mental and physical well being. Different zones in the Vastu having particular significance are suited for different family members. The shuffling of bed rooms between family members, allocation of the right bedroom for each member and correction of the sleeping position can bring about definite positive results for the household.
location of Bedrooms in the house
Avoid having bedrooms in the North East and South East sectors of the house. In case of a bedroom in North East, only the elderly or children should use it. This bedroom is not good for the master of the house or for a young couple.
Use the South West or South bedroom for the master of the house or for the elder son. South East bedroom give rise to sleeplessness, worries and marital problems. If the head of the family is in South East, he is found to be constantly embroiled in disputes. Newly married couples should definitely avoid this room. This is also not a good zone for pregnant ladies.
Importance Of Sleeping Position
Sound sleep is essential for our physical and mental well being. Our body rejuvenates itself during the time we are sleeping. It is recommended for people to sleep with their heads to the South. Our ancients advised that the body enjoys perfect health and longer life by sleeping with head towards the South. Sages like Mankandeya and Garga have said that one should lie with his head towards South for strengthening health and longevity.
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Featured on Eduastrology.com

Hi Friends 

I am so happy to say that I was featured on eduastrology. I have been interviewed on many sites and newspapers before but this experience was special because the people behind this site Mr Madan Sharma and Mr Sachin Malhotra are themselves good astrologers and devoted to this great science. I always maintain that the value of every deed lies in the intention and motive behind it; not merely in the deed itself and I am convinced of the sincere efforts of eduastrology to present astrology as a tool to help mankind. 

Me  with my Vastu Guru late Shri V.Ganapati Sthapati
You can read the complete interview here and leave a comment there. I would be happy to hear your frank comments. pl do explore eduastrology for quality content on occult sciences. 




Thursday, April 18, 2013

Vastu And Feng Shui



With the growing awareness about both Vastu and Feng Shui, I often came across people who want to know whether there are any points of similarities between the two. A common confusion is regarding the appropriate use of these sciences. Sometimes people have a notion that Vastu Shastra deals with buildings while Feng Shui deals with the interior decoration. The practitioners of both arts are viewed same as an architect dealing with the building and an interior decorator doing the interiors, this is absurd. The goal in both the sciences is the designing of human habitat in a manner to achieve maximum harmony with nature.

            Vastu and Feng Shui both are closely linked to nature. It is based on the idea that chi or the energy vibrations of every place have a distinctive personality and when this energy is in harmony with nature, benefits flow in.

            According to Feng Shui, it is the environment which shapes and changes things for the better. Inner changes are brought about by external environment. The environment has several elements which according to Vastu are Jal, Vayu, Prithvi, Aakash and Agni. As per Feng Shui the basic elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Metal & Earth.

            Black Hat Sect of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism occupies an important place among Feng Shui schools, which evolved out of the long journey of Buddhism from India through Tibet into China, absorbing enroute the Chinese I-Ching and Confucianism, Taoism, folk religions, traditional Feng Shui, traditional beliefs and symbolism and the theory of chi.

            They are certain basic differences which need understanding. Greeks, Egyptians, Christians, Jews and Muslims knew the four elements – Earth, Water, Fire and Air. The fifth element, Akash or Space, was only known to the Indians. The Chinese also believed in five elements but they were Wood, Earth, Metal, Fire and Water. All of these belong to the material field. The stress in the Chinese case was on achieving worldly success, longevity and comfort, while Vedic wisdom was the understanding that mind with its worldly desires was the cause of all suffering and transcending the body was the only way of achieving the state of ultimate bliss.

            Both Vastu and Feng Shui make use of objective and subjective practices. Objective practices involved furniture and building placements, topography of land and its shapes etc. The subjective practices use mind as the medium, using your thoughts, beliefs, religious convictions etc. The Chinese use twelve animals to express Zodiacal time. Indians use twelve rashis, seven planets and two nodes Rahu and Ketu. Feng Shui uses the ba-gua to relate eight directions with eight aspects of life. Vastu uses 12 Bhavas of the horoscope and their intricate relationships with planets, directions and 12 major aspects of life.

            It is upto each practitioner to decide which science is more relevant in Indian context but a deep understanding of both sciences is a must for every competent practitioner. Another area of concern is a indiscriminate mix-and match of different techniques without an indepth knowledge.

            With increasing awareness about Feng Shui and Vastu Shastra, Feng Shui shops all over the world are sprouting selling chinese home decoration items as Chinese Vastu Shastra remedies and shopkeepers offering advice on their use and effect. It is worse than a chemist trying to replace a doctor.

            What one needs to understand here is that like Vastu Shastra there are many healing techniques developed around the world having vastly different techniques and remedies which make perfect sense in their own context only. You simply cannot mix and match creating your own potpourri.

            There is no contest between Vastu Shastra and other methods like Feng Shui, this is about indiscriminate mixing of different systems. It is important to understand the basic essence of remedies for them to work. For example, symbols are extensively used in Feng Shui. Symbols work because they from a part of the collective consciousness or collective psyche of a class of people / a race or a nation. The symbolism is usually rich with nuances and contains multiple shades of meanings. The power of symbolism is great because so much is conveyed and communicated at a glance. It works because the power of generations of traditional / folk beliefs and religions is behind it. To give an example, The dragon may be considered an auspicious animal in china but in India, it may be perceived as a ferocious fire emitting snake. In this case, I fail to see how a dragon symbol can add any positivity.

            Any fact, figure or statement without reference to the context can never make sense. In Indian context, when we say Laxmi or Kuber it automatically creates a picture of huge wealth in the Indian mindset. Same words may be meaning less is Japanese or Chinese context. Same way a fish aquarium creates a picture of wealth and prosperity for a Japanese but if it is placed in a Jain home in India as a remedy it may have a reverse effect as it goes against their deep-rooted religious instincts giving them a guilt complex.

            On the brighter side the intelligent use of mirrors, one of Feng Shui remedies can solve many a tricky situations. For example, in your office if you are sitting in a small cabin against the South wall facing North with the entry door behind you on the South wall. There is less space in front of you due to the small size of your cabin. The entrance door on your back and cramped space in front of you are Vastu defects. Both these Shortcomings can be corrected by fixing a large mirror on the North wall in front of you, thereby reflecting the door on the North side and creating visual space in front of you making your cabin look much more spacious. This in turn will gives tremendous boost to your expansion plans.

            Both these Sciences have a touch of Mysticism, as they incorporate the philosophical thoughts of their respective origin. Also, the climatic conditions of the two countries favour different directional preferences. For instance, Feng Shui favours South as an entrance direction, a high rise towards North and South East for water source. Vastu, on the other hand, puts a premium on an open North, a high rise towards South and North or North East for water source. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Vastu and Education


 Education is a life long pursuit. We never stop learning and growing even when we leave our school days far behind. Vastu can help transform average but hard working students into high achievers. Full potential can be explored and hidden abilities discovered. Below are some Vastu tips to help students, writers and  academicians enhance their performance. 


  1. The study can be made in the West, East or North Zones of a house.
  2. The entrance of the study should be in North or East.
  3. Windows are preferred in East.
  4. The study table should be towards East or North of the room.
  5. Children should face North or East while studying.
  6. Keep an idol of Saraswati, the deity representing education on their study table or in the North East of the room.
  7. Children’s room must be kept clean and free of clutter. Almirahs, Cupboards, study desks and bookshelves should be neat and tidy.
  8. Avoid loads in the North East and the centre of their rooms. These areas must be open, free of clutter and absolutely clean.
  9. Have their beds in the South –West of the room. Avoid bunk beds.
  10. Children should sleep with their heads towards South or East.
  11. Incorporating green colour in the colour scheme is effective in enhancing the intelligence of a child. Lighting a green colour night bulb in their room can also be useful.
  12. For parents coping with difficult children, make sure that the door leading into their room is not facing a toilet or a staircase.
  13. The placement of a crystal globe in the North East corner of the children’s room is a good enhancer of education and knowledge.
  14. For good memory, make the child wash his face, hands and feet and breathe deeply for 5-10 minutes, them Chant Om Aing eleven times before beginning studies.
  15. Wrap a blue or violet coloured cellophane paper around a green bottle, fill it up with water and keep under direct sunlight for three hours. The child can keep sipping this water while studying. This especially charged solar water opens the mind of your child and makes it easier for him/her to grasp and memorize.
  16. Place crystal gem tress, quartz crystals or amethysts in west sector. You could also display an inspiring photograph in a metallic frame here






Vastu and Colours


Colours speak a powerful language of their own and have remarkable effect on our environment, mood and health. Colours have the capacity to either depress or exhilarate and play an important role in our health and happiness.

The colours are also linked with three Gunas: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Blue, Green, White and light colours are considered Sattvic. Rajasic colours are the bright fiery reds, oranges and pinks and the inert, tamasic colours are all dark-browns, navy, blue, green and black. The dark colours are best avoided in a house as they tend to sap your energy and cause depression. It is preferable to use softer, lighter and more sattvic colours throughout the residence.

Colours can be used to yield positive results either as denoted by various planets having rulership of different directions or as signified by different ascending signs for individuals. Your favourable colours as per your ascending sign or as per numerology can be used by way of clothes you wear, bedsheets, curtains and upholstery you opt for. Your personal preference about colours says a lot about your personality. For instance, people who like red colour are usually strong and energetic. Red is the colour of energy, restlessness and rashness. It is assigned to Mars. Red colour indicates power and authority. Be careful not to use opposing colours or colours of planets which are malefic according to your personal horoscope.

Ascending Signs And Colours

Each sign or Rasi is governed by its governing planet. In order to enjoy good luck, ascertain your ascending sign and use the colours indicated in the following table:




 

Ascendent     Favourable Colours                                      Unfavourable Colours


1.  Aries           Red, Copper, Yellow, Golden             Black

2.  Taurus        Blue, Green, White, Pink                    Red

3.  Gemini       Green, Yellow, Purple                         Red, Black
                        Blue, Pink

4.  Cancer       Green, White, Cream                         Blue, Black
                        Red, Yellow

5.  Leo             Orange, Red, Green                           Black

6.  Virgo           Green, White, Yellow,                         Red, Blue
                        Emerald                                              Black

7.  Libra           Blue, Orange, White                           Green, Yellow
                        Red

8.  Scorpio       Yellow, Red, Cream                           Blue, White
                        Orange                                                            Green


9.  Sagittarius  Violet, White, Cream,                          Red, Pearl,
                        Orange, Light Blue                              Black

10. Capricorn  Indigo, White, Blue                              Yellow, Cream
                        Black                                                  

11. Aquarius    Indigo, Yellow, White                          Orange,Green, Blue
                        Cream                                                 Red

12. Pisces       Green, Violet, Red,                             Blue
                        Yellow, rose, Orange,
                        Cream and White


You can wear colours which are in harmony with the vibration of the day and also use favourable colours as per your birth number in the furnishings or bedsheets to promote good luck.
Colours have special properties to influence your moods and emotions. They can be used to create and enhance spaces which are in tune with the specific objectives you have in mind.
Use Colours Creatively

Colors
Characteristics
Yellow, Red, Turquoise and bright colours 
Raise energy level
Brown, Rust and all dark colours
Slow down energy
Light, Pink, Green
Soften Energy
Purple, White, Voilet
Enhance Spirituality
Red, Orange and Yellow
Warm colours
Blue, Blue-Green, Lavender
Cool Colours
Pink, Red, Orange
Romantic colours
Red, Black, Hot Pink, Orange
Sexual Colours
Gold, Black, Burgundy, Red and Royal Blue
Power colours
Green, Blue, Peach
Soothing colours

Directions And Colours
Astrological texts have assigned certain colours and direction to the planets. Different shades and hues of these colours can be used for the exteriors and interiors of the house-owners on the basis of their Janam-rashies or moon-signs. Colours can also be used based on the directions represented by various planets. For example, the North rooms of a house, represented by planet mercury can be in light shades of green as green is the representative colour of Mercury. North East rooms can be in shades and tones of yellow like cream etc. and West can be in shades of greys.
Different shades of green or yellow can be used in study rooms as these are colours signifying positively and wisdom. Kitchen and dining rooms can use orange as it is a social colour with considerable drive and energy. Experiment with exciting  and different colours, such as yellow, red, and purple in areas that are used for conversation. Stimulating colours help provide scintillating conversation. Indigo, violet and blue are cool colours. They have a calming, introspective influence. These colours can be used in meditation and Puja rooms.
Red is a passionate and fiery colour and should be avoided in the Bedroom as it can lead to disturbed sleep and insomania. Red, however can be used in rooms that involve activity and excitement, such as home gymnasium or a recreation room. Black is an intense, formal and sophisticated colour and should be used with caution.
Softer colours like peach, light pink, shades of blue are ideal for the bedroom. Avoid strong colours such as red, orange, black and white or black and red in the bedrooms. Use blue, violet or indigo colours for the bedrooms of people who are by nature rash and aggressive. Blue is also a good colour to be used for the rooms of children who are hyper-active and aggressive in temperament.
As per Vastu, black should not be used on gates, doors and walls that face East and South and red should not be used on gates, doors and walls that face West and North.
Colours can also be used to create moods and feel of a place. With the appropriate use of colours, you can make a large room appears smaller and more intimate, and a small room appear larger and more spacious. White, greys, greens, lilacs or blue create a feeling of space while red, pink or orange, gold, terracotta, brown or rich cream add intimacy. Sunshine colours like yellow, gold, apricot or peach can brighten up a dull and dark room, while cream and beige create a restful atmosphere.
It is important also that the room’s function must be taken into account. For instance, the living room needs to project a welcoming and classy ambiance. Whites, off whites & pastels are advised here. Bedrooms are intimate, restful places. Tranquil, serene colours are imperative here: cool blues, refreshing mauves, aquas, pale pinks are recommended here. Children’s rooms are a great place for indulging your creativity. Bright, happy colours in striking contrast are acceptable in the rooms of small children.
Definite colours are recommended for treatment of mental and physical disorders. The use of colours in combination with Yoga and diet regulation gives marvelous results. Properly used colours play an important role in health and can contribute to stable mental and physical health and alleviate human suffering. Colour therapists use solarised water kept in different coloured glass bottles, exposing the body to coloured light and meditation on coloured slides to balance the colour deficiencies in the body.
Suman Pandit 

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