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Published: Sunday August 31, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday September 5, 2014 MYT 9:27:30 AM

Harmony in the home

1 Home is where the heart is: Tranquil settings are conducive for harmonious living, but those who occupy the living space must also work hard and consistently to achieve the desired results. - FilepicS

1 Home is where the heart is: Tranquil settings are conducive for harmonious living, but those who occupy the living space must also work hard and consistently to achieve the desired results. - FilepicS

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.

The dining area is also a good spot for members of a household to gather and share their thoughts or discuss the events of the day.
The dining area is also a good spot for members of a household to gather and share their thoughts or discuss the events of the day.

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.

A profound effect is obtained by creating a cosy space in the house for everyone to gather and spend time in silence, to relax or unwind. - Filepic
A profound effect is obtained by creating a cosy space in the house for everyone to gather and spend time in silence, to relax or unwind.

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.

Vasthu Sastra talk

T. Selva will present a talk on how to choose an auspicious property and energise a house using pyramids at The Star Property Fair at 1.30pm on Nov 23 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Admission is free. To register, call 012-329 9713.

Vasthu Sastra queries

How can I remove negative thoughts and remain positive?

Negative thoughts are normal occurrences because of the environment we live in. Such messages should be viewed positively as they require attention.

You should never feel hopeless in such a situation because these are part of the learning process of life and, in most cases, such influences are self-created.

An exercise you can carry out is to focus on what you are thinking about and ensure those thoughts are positive.

Control your thoughts and if you get negative ones, pause and change the hostility to acceptance.

Another method is to block your mind from being influenced by other people’s negative thoughts.

To do this, stay away from negative people, avoid gossip and unhealthy talk, choose to speak words that are uplifting so that you can boost yourself, look at the good qualities and strengths of others, and avoid complaining about others.

How can I attain peace of mind when the environment is full of negativity?

Harmony is vital in every individual’s life for happiness and success and it is more than the absence of war.

Peace does not stay with you unless you develop certain values and qualities of life.

Problems and challenges will continue to surface now and then and you cannot run away from these issues because they act as a test and provide you with an opportunity to know more about life.

Some tips for you to be at peace: do not interfere in others’ business unless asked; remove ill feelings inside your heart and mind; do not be envious of others’ success; handle challenges cheerfully; know your strengths, handle what you can and do not overload yourself; look forward, and do not ponder on your past; worry about your future but live in the present.

How much of my house should be arranged according to Vasthu Sastra rules to enjoy bliss and happiness?

To follow Vasthu Sastra principles 100% in a built-up house can be challenging but you can easily follow good practices in several key areas.

By placing the main door, master bedroom, kitchen, prayer room and toilets in favourable Vasthu positions, more than 70% of the home can conform to Vasthu principles and you can experience its benefits.

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