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If you've ever head of Feng Shui, you may have some idea of what Vaastu is. Actually, according to Jaura, the knowledge on which Feng Shui is based, was taken back to China from India by Buddhist monks
Vaastu is part of the Hindu Vedas and is basically the art of arrangement and balance of the five elements: sky, air, fire earth and water. "These elements make up the universe and must exist in harmony," says Jaura.
But Vaastu can be used in everyday life to be applied to homes, offices, businesses, factories etc. Vaastu holds that well-placed mirrors, situation of entrances, rooms inside the building, shape of lots etc. can affect the harmony in you home or workplace.
"It's about having the maximum possible flow on energy," says Jaura. Keeping out negative forces and inviting positive forces. That could mean simple things like moving some furniture and facing in a difference direction when you sleep could make you happier.
Jaura first became interested in Vaastu while on a trip to India. He happened to see a sign for an academy that taught Vaastu as part of a course on architecture. He made some inquires but then returned to Canada. Then, in 1994 he returned to study the art of Vaastu from the head of the Institute, an experienced architect of 35 years and author of several books.
Being in the business of real estate, Jaura soon realized why some East Asian clients would tell him they weren't interested in a house before even setting foot in it. "They believe very much in Feng Shui, if they see the door is not in the right place they won't even go inside the house," recalls Jaura.
But people from North India, Banglore, Madras and other parts of South Asian have also expressed interest in such things, and Jaura is happy to advise them. He also acts as a consultant to companies that want to make their workplaces ideal for employees and business. He's been featured in several publications including the Toronto Star and The Workplace news.
"Taking out a wall, changing the entrance or use of rooms can all help maximize the flow of energy," he says. And whether you're looking for a new home, designing an office or want to improve your existing living space, Vaastu can be applied. That can help with anything from finances, stress, insomnia, headaches, enlightenment, problems in personal relationships etc. Though the 5000-year-old art of Vaastu is quite complicated, Jaura shares some basic principles:
-Entrances should generally be in the North or North East. North is where the magnetic rays from the earth's come from. The North Pole is the centre of the earth's magnetic power and east is where the sun rises from.
-The lord of fire is in the South East so that's where a kitchen should be located.
- Furniture arrangement depends on placement of doors and windows. Furniture should direct flow of energy through the home and block it from leaving the house.
- Colors can help ease tensions and help those with heart problems. Earth tones and vegetable colors like greens and browns are ideal.
- When building from scratch, consider the soil composition of the lot. Steer clear of pollution, high chemical content, and porous soil.
- North is a place of wealth so mirrors that face north and open areas in the north are a good idea.
- To increase enlightenment and encourage learning, study areas should face east or south. Mirrors should also face east to capture the suns rays.
- Avoid odd shaped lots. Square or rectangular are the best. A lot with an odd number of sides is consider to promote "unevenness."
- Always have an even number of doors and windows - but never one that ends in 0 such as 10, 20 or 30.
To learn more about Vaastu visit www.vaastu.net
Original Publication Date: Saturday, September 02, 2000