Thursday, July 12, 2012

Vaastu Shastra - Makes Sense?

Vanakkam friends. I had an alright day today. One of those days where I felt low for no reason. I took a water motion class at the gym today. Feeling a tiny bit better now. Thanks for taking the poll in this site. Looks like most of you like the title of my blog. So keeping it as is. Bollywood's strong man, yesteryear's action hero, Dara Singh is no more. He was 84. Lived his life to the fullest, I would think. I only remember him from his "hanuman" days on TV. Director Imitiaz Ali of the "Jab We Met" fame has called it splits with his wife. Found new love with a Pakistani actress. No shockers there. Part of life these days. Good boy/bad boy Yuvi made a statement that, he hates the color red these days. Red used to be his favorite color. His explanation made total sense. He has seen too much blood in the past few months. I am so sorry Yuvi. I am so glad that you are now cancer free and back on the field where you belong. Bravo! I read a very different article on TOI today. A man drank his wife's breast milk to help him with his sexual disorder. Apparently, he had symptoms of ED (erectile dysfunction). TLC channel has agreed to do a show with the couple. Can't wait to watch that. These days I am watching Mrs. Nene's show on TV called "Jhalak Dhikalaga". Some of the dancers are close to Puur fect - MD style. Song of the day is from the movie Tera mere saath rahein. Music by Anand Raj Anand. Those were the days of Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. Wonder where they are now? The Fathe Ali Khans, Mohit Chauhans and Shreya Ghoshals have taken over.

Haathon Ki Lakeeron Mein Likha Hain
Tera Mera Dil Ka Rishta Hai
Har Dhadkan Yahi Baat Kahen
Tera Mera Saath Rahen

During one of my recent chatting sessions with my friend, she related the following incident to me. One of her friends used to get nightmares on a daily basis. She got so disturbed by this, that she actually went into depression and had all kinds of health problems. Proficient doctors could not help her. Her friends suggested that she change the position of her bed that she sleeps on, in her house. As a last resort, she moved her bed, so, her head was pointing in the South direction and feet in the North. Gradually, she noticed that she was getting more sleep during nights. Eventually, her nightmares completely stopped. Wow! I really could not believe my ears. After all, what was this "Vaastu" that is supposed to be helping so many people? Is it just blind faith or is it an accurate science that people are making a career out of. Well, curious me, had to find out. I had heard about Vaastu Shastra for the house, but I did not know that Vaastu can be applied to Money, Love life, Career, Prosperity, etc., till I started reading about this science. It turns out, Vaastu Shastra which is similar to the Chinese science Feng Shui, is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it. Vaastu Shastra is the science of direction that combines all the five elements, Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space. ("Panchabhootas") of nature and balance them with the man and the material thereby paving the way for enhanced health, wealth, prosperity and happiness in an enlightened environment. The basic rules of Vaastu Shastra are based on the eight directions, North, Northeast, East, Eastsouth, south, Southwest, West, Westnorth. Vaastu forms the basics of each construction. Our Shastra says, if we worship, idolize and honor the Lords of these eight directions, people yield eternal blessings in the form of success, health and prosperity.

East: This direction is governed by lord Indra and he is known to be the king of Gods. He bestows wealth and pleasures of life.
South East: This direction is governed by lord of fire - Agni. He gives us good personality and all good things of life. Fire is a source of health as it is related to fire, cooking and food.
South: This direction is of Yama, the god of death. He is manifestation of dharma,and eradicates evil forces and bestows good things. It is a source of wealth, crops and pleasure.
South West: This direction is directed by Niruti, the god who protects us from evil foes. It is a source of character, demeanor, case of longevity and death.
West: This direction is directed by lord Varun, the lord of rains. He bestows his blessings in the form of  natural eater-rain, brings prosperity and pleasures of life.
Narth West: This place is directed by lord Vayu and he brings on us good health, strength and long life. It is a source of change in course of business, friendship and enmity.
North: This direction is governed by Kuber, the god of welath.
North East:This place is supervised by lord Eshaan, and is a source of wealth, health and success. He brings us wisdom, knowledge and relieves us from all miseries and mishaps.

The term Vaastu, meaning a dwelling place, initially used to refer to the home of gods and human beings. However, with time, it came to be associated with the right location as well as design of almost any and every structure. Now I know why and how things worked out for the friend who chose to change positions of her bed, This is because, the Vaastu Shastra believes the body acts like a magnet. Therefore, if the head (as the heaviest and mist important part) were towards the North, it would repel against the North Pole of the earth, adversely affecting blood circulation. This says the Vaastu Shastra, will result in tension and disturbed sleep. Vaastu Shastra also says an east facing house is most beneficial and next to East, is North entrance. I wish I knew this when we were buying our house. Our house faces North now. The second best choice. Not bad at all. I hope we continue to have mental peace and happiness throughout our stay in this house. Folks, time and again, I tell myself that all these beliefs that people have are for lack of other solutions. We all need something to hold on to, to keep us going. I will definitely consider this, now that I am wiser.


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