By Purnima Coontoor September 2006 Now that vaastu has become a mandatory application in the designing of buildings, a sensible perspective on the practice of the science. Making the Most of VaastuA plot with all corners at 90 degrees, having two roads at the front and back is a good ploto The open space left in north and east should be more than south and westo The maximum construction should be done in south, west and southwest portion of the ploto A pond or a water body should be placed in northeast corner of the houseo A house should be designed to ensure maximum entry of sunlight and proper cross-ventilationo The entire opening should be towards the north and east side of the houseo Trees of any kind should not be grown in eastern or northern, northeast directionso Only small plants can be grown in north, east, or northeasto The hearth or oven must be arranged in the eastern or southeast direction of the entire house, in such a way that the person cooking faces easto The shadow of any tree should not fall on the houseo Pictures of war scenes, demons, or angry portraits should not be placed in the houseo The slope of the property should be from west to east or south to north (Note: Please consult a vaastu practitioner before adapting these principles to yourself) Source: www.vaastu-shastra.com Virtual PositivityCorrect Vaastu Defects with Scientific Remedies and Traditional MethodsVaastu practitioners have identified three distinct methods or levels of dealing with vaastu defects.o The physical correction method involves demolition and construction of buildings in accordance with vaastu principles to harmonise the cosmic energy fields and bio-energy flow of a particular place. Expensive, sometimes impractical, but permanent and fruitful.o The spiritual correction method includes performing religious rituals like propitiating the vaastu deities through yagnas, japas and poojas. For long-term benefits, they need a sustained effort, again tedious and impractical.·o The virtual correction method is claimed to be the most scientific and reliable method of overcoming vaastu defects. There are various instruments, which, when installed at the place of defect, enhance the bio-energy flow and correct defects virtually. The methods are no means new, but founded on scientific principles by ancient civilisations. Easy and economical, virtual correction is gaining ground with the modern man, probably because he identifies easily with virtual realities?! Listed below are some virtual remedies which promise to change your life for the better. Lecher AntennaThis system works on the scientific assumption that the energy factor rules the world, and negative magnetism on the earth affects the human body through the brain. Bad environment, with chemical pollution, construction of skyscrapers and use of iron and steel are identified as the culprits that have demagnetised earth and given rise to what is called geopathic stress. Man is also exposed to artificial rays from modern gadgets like radio, television, computer, microwave, mobiles, geo station satellites, electrical lines, etc. The vitality of the earth, and man, is thus lost. There are six energy systems in our body corresponding to the six chakras; between the eyebrows, throat, breastbones, navel, above the groin and the base of the spinal cord. They carry both positive and negative energies, depending upon the physical, mental and spiritual health of a human being, which in turn depend on the ‘vectors’ that run below the ground on which he lives or operates. The whole eco system, including man, is thus constantly sending out signals which, when interpreted, can also be corrected. The Lecher antenna is an instrument which can actually ‘read’ energy, from the earth, the human body and objects. This instrument can measure anything from a pin to a plane. The principle of measuring energy was discovered by German scientist, Ernst Lecher, in 1890. The Lecher antenna was developed by a group of German physicists in 1975, based on Dr. Lecher’s principle. This is an actual tool which measures the energy that emanates from the body’s organs, skeletal structure, as well as all of the energy fields which surrounds the physical body. It can specify imbalances and analyse the energetical qualities of animal, vegetable, mineral and all objects in, on or around the human body and which can influence his health of mind and body.The Lecher aerial can be put up on buildings and calibrated to neutralise pathogenic influences and restore the vitality of the environment. This antenna is increasingly being used to correct vaastu defects of multistoried buildings, where the energies of a large number of people clash. Pendulum DowsingThis is another popular method of scanning the energy field of a body or a building. A pendulum is a reasonably heavy object of any shape, size or material tied to a string or chain of any size or material. Dowsing or querying refers to interpreting the movements of the pendulum in response to the energy field of a person, place, or item, to seek information about that energy field. Dowsing is a science and an art which bridges the gap between our intuitive and analytical self.With pendulum dowsing, one can pinpoint the exact locations where the energy blockages exist, and then find the correct remedies which need to be carried out for rectification. Used extensively for correcting health problems, this has now become a perfect vaastu tool for identifying negative energy fields in buildings and sites. PyramidsWe know that pyramids are structural marvels of frequency engineering, a technique used by the Egyptians for preserving dead body cells free from decay for thousands of years. A pyramid has the special property of deflecting all types of cosmic radiations that fall on its apex and its four sides, with the help of the earth’s magnetic field. A pyramid can create a safe haven inside and a powerful bio-energy outside, which helps preserve the objects kept in the pyramid for a long time.Strategic placement of pyramids in various places during construction reinforces and channelises the energy forces in a building. Pyramids kept on study tables enhance the memory power of the student. People with no space constraints build their puja rooms and meditation halls in the shape of a pyramid, as it is known to increase concentration and steady the mind. This is a simple and inexpensive method (they can be made of plastic too, not just crystals) to increase positivity. YantrasA yantra is an instrument, talisman or mystical diagram usually made of copper. It is considered the simplest and shortest path to fulfilling desires and achieving goals. It is said that the ‘devatas’ reside in the yantras and by worshipping them, one can remove the malefic effects of planets, and increase the flow of positive influences. Vaastu music and sacred chants are also very popular with positive energy shoppers. Like or loathe it, you can’t ignore it. Be it a dwelling or a commercial complex, a temple or a factory, vaastu predominates the way a building is designed. An ancient science which has recently been resurrected by society, Vaastu rules spaces. It is feared by the uninformed, rubbished by non-believers and fiercely defended by serious practitioners. Self-help vaastu books offer instant wisdom to fix your life…break a wall, build a tank, put up a pole for prosperity. The fixes range from the sublime to the ridiculous. The books are also rigid about the placement and size of everything in the house, starting from the front door to the furniture and the plants in the garden. Misconceptions about this ancient science abound, and, in the hands of the unscrupulous, it has now morphed into a superstition which strikes fear in the hearts of people. So what’s the truth about vaastu, and how can it benefit mankind, if it does? Vaastu means physical environment. Vaastu-shastra (knowledge) or vaastu-shilpa (architecture) codifies the traditional Indian canons of town planning and architecture. Texts such as Manasara Silpa Shastra (by Manasara), Mayamatam (by Maya), Viswakarma Vaastushastra (by Viswakarma), Samarangana Sutradara (by Raja Bhoja), Aparajita Praccha (by Viswakarma’s son Aparajita) and Silparatna, among others, are some of the authentic works on the subjects. It’s basically a science which governs the optimum use of air, light and space for comfortable living. It is believed that constructing a place according to the tenets of vaastu ensures harmony with the physical and metaphysical forces of the cosmos such as the gravitational, electromagnetic and supernatural. HistoryAccording to modern historians, this science developed in India during 3,000 BC. Being a technical subject, it was handed over generations verbally or in the form of hand-written monographs to architects (sthapathis). These principles of construction, architecture and sculpture were incorporated in the construction of temples and royal palaces. The excavated cities of Harappa and Mahenjodaro bear testimony to this fact. The Matsya Purana mentions 17 preceptors of vaastu – Bhugu, Atri, Vasista, Viswakarma, Maya, Narada, Nagnajit, Visalaksha, Purandara, Brahma, Kumaraswamy, Nandisa, Sounaka, Bhargava, Vasudeva, Aniruddha, Sukra and Bruhaspathi. Vaastu NowThe principles of vaastu shastra span the entire activity of constructing a building. Starting from site selection, site planning and orientation, it specifies the zoning and disposition of rooms, proportional relationships between the various parts of buildings and the character of buildings. Arguably, the ancient texts talk of a time and space far different from contemporary environment. How relevant is it to apply these principles to modern living, where apartments are packed together like sardines and air and ventilation created artificia
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