Importance of the front door

As the ‘face’ of a house and the main inlet for positive energies, it is critical to get the entrance right.

THE main door of a dwelling is given utmost importance in Vasthu Sastra because it reflects the first impression, beauty, personality and the well-being of the occupants.

Furthermore, the front door is regarded as the face of the house and this is why emphasis is given to its location and the direction it faces.

I would like to focus this week’s column on the front door following blunders some readers have made because they lacked understanding of its importance.

What one reader from Shah Alam did to his north-facing front door was to realign it to face east so that he get early morning sunrays directly into his house.

Another dweller changed the rectangular doorway to an arch shape, which is inauspicious in Vasthu.

The ideal location of the entrance door should be in the north, south, east, west, north-east, north-west and south-east. The south-west is totally disallowed.

The main doorway should provide ample light and ventilation into the house, which is vital for the harmonious living of the occupants.

For this reason, upon waking up in the morning, you should open the doors in the northern and eastern areas to allow early morning sun rays to enter the house.

This helps to remove all negative and stale energies.

Among the things a dweller should take note concerning the main door is its size, material and positioning.

The first step you should take when examining the front door is to make sure it is aligned to the main gate and back door, meaning all the three passageways should be in one line.

This differs from the Chinese feng shui practice, which states that the front and back doors must not be in one line because what comes in will go out easily.

In Vasthu a house and a human body are compared as one and all our vital organs are located in the centre.

The same goes for the house where the main features should be located in the middle.

The Vasthu explanation is that subtle positive energy enters through the main door and bad energy exits through the back and this is why they should be placed in one line, similar to our body.

Also, many readers have written in to me, giving analysis of their house floorplan directions based on sunrise, which is an inaccurate reading.

In Vasthu, one does not determine the house direction using sunrise because the sun moves towards the northern hemisphere and back to the equator in the first six months and then goes over the southern hemisphere in the other six months.

A magnetic compass should be used to get the correct direction of the front door.

If the front door and the drive way are not corresponding, it is considered an affliction and the remedy is to have the drive way connected to the main door.

If there is a wall in the middle preventing the visibility of the front and back door, punch a hole in the wall like a window.

An arch-shaped doorway is discouraged because they distort the flow of energy.

Also use a solid wooden door. Avoid metal doors and also ensure the doors do not have glass frames or designs on them.

The main door should ideally be made of solid teak wood and it should open towards the right when entering.

It should be the biggest door in the house.

You can also have the front entrance with two doors and the measurement should be 1.08m (3ft 6in) wide and 2.1m (7ft) high.

If the owner wants a wider doorway, the maximum should be 1.52m (5ft)and the height should be maintained at (7ft).

Avoid using old or antique doors as they do not bring good energy. Don’t install swinging doors in front and ensure the door knobs are not broken or faulty.

If possible, all doors inside the house should also open towards the right and repair doors that are broken, dented and smeared because they are inauspicious.

Vasthu talks

The columnist will present a talk on how to tap subtle energy using Vasthu techniques today (Dec 16) at 4pm at the PC Gomez Hall, 1st floor 12 NUBE House, Jalan Tun Sambanthan 3, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is by contribution of RM10 to the Advaita Siddhanta Dharmasala.

To register, call Ramalingam at 012-329 9713.

A similar talk will be held on Jan 6 at the Tropical Inn Hotel in Johor Baru.

Admission is by contribution of RM10 to the single mother programme of Sathya Sai Baba Centre.

To register call Arumugam at 016-789 8303.

T. Selva, The Star’s Sunday Metro Editor, has spent years researching and writing about the ancient Indian science of construction, better known as ‘Indian feng shui’. He is the first disciple of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra Master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai, India. The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, usefulness, fitness for any particular purpose or other assurances as to the opinions and views expressed in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses suffered directly or indirectly arising from reliance on such opinions and views.

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