By T. Selva
Our living space can be a great source of joy if we occupy it properly.
HOME is where we find protection, peace and happiness.
Our living space can be a supreme source of joy if we occupy it consciously and treat it with respect.
Keeping the space clean, free of clutter, and decorated with cheerful motifs are ingredients of a healthy home.
To invite peaceful energies into your private space, try this simple activity: when you get up in the morning, make your bed and do not leave the master quadrant in disorder.
In Vasthu Sastra, the master bedroom is regarded as the crown of the property and it must be well kept and fit for the king and queen of the abode.
Compromising this portion in the south-west sector of the house can have adverse effects like ill health and dampen the prosperity of those who live there.
In response to queries from readers, I would like to devote this column to building a vibrant relationship in a home after it has been orientated observing Vasthu Sastra or feng shui rules.
Some people have a misconception that once they have re-arranged their house following the ancient science of construction, “miracles” are supposed to surface the next day.
They should be aware that for change to take place, it requires discipline and commitment. And this must be done consistently to achieve the desired results.
One major concern in most homes is the matter of maintaining a harmonious relationship among those who occupy the space.
Ups and downs in relationships are not an unusual occurrence in any home owing to the effects of moods and emotions that influence us daily.
What is vital is doing some significant activity together as a couple or family so that it provides opportunities for grounding and bonding.
In Vasthu, a profound action is performed by creating a cosy space in the house for everyone to gather and spend time in silence, to relax or unwind, to share their thoughts or discuss their activities for the day.
This can be done in the living area, dining or prayer room, the bedroom, or any area the family finds suitable because that particular spot resonates peaceful energies that ease their nerves.
When building such a space avoid black, blue, grey and dark yellow on the sofa, flooring, walls, curtains and furniture because these colours do not vibrate positive energies.
During my recent visit to India to enhance my knowledge of spiritual consciousness under several masters, I learnt that one activity that brings families closer despite hectic work schedules or other differences they face is the act of prayer.
Even if they cannot have meals together on weekdays, these families make sure that a spiritual practice is performed jointly or as a family at the start of the day.
This allows all parties to reconnect deeply and satisfyingly because the power of devotion unifies and rejuvenates.
Besides performing their rituals, family members are urged to play a role by cleaning, decorating or improving their sacred space as a family unit.
Another tip is to invite family members to participate in an act like decorating the wall, water feature or gardening so that the area symbolises togetherness.
To rekindle fond memories and reinforce the family connection, dwellers are encouraged to hang photographs of their happy moments on the walls and display or wear gifts given by their loved ones.
Such symbols, which bring to mind the good times, have the power to erase misunderstandings and ease any difficulties in a relationship.
Another issue that often surfaces in homes is whether or not they should display portraits of their dearly departed, or hide them away because those images remind them of the dead.
In Vasthu, honouring ancestors is important because they have a positive and guiding effect on the lives of those staying on the property.
Such images should be placed on the east wall facing west in the living or dining area and not on or around the altar.
We should understand that although our loved ones have departed the physical realm, they remain in spirit in our hearts and we should seek their guidance through thoughts and visualisation.
An exercise that can be done to draw their attention is to sit in your favourite space facing west in silence, close your eyes and invite your departed loved one to come into that space.
Focus on their image; after several minutes you may experience a chill or some sensation on your body, perhaps the feeling of a light breeze, to indicate your psychic connection.
T. Selva, senior consulting
editor at The Star, is the first disciple of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai, India. This column appears on the last Sunday of every month.