Plants and Vastu

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Plants, flowers and saplings are often used to decorate the house and bring more peace. It helps us reconnect with nature, adds natural beauty to the house, brings down external noise levels from the streets, attracts birds and hence gives a warm feeling. We all like to decorate our houses using plants but doing so all the time may not necessarily be a good idea. Vastushastra has defined the types of plants that are acceptable to be placed inside the house and plants that are not. In this article, we will be throwing more light on the do’s and dont’s of placing plants around the house.

 

Flowering plants

Any flowering plant can be generally kept inside the house unless it has thorns or grows in the form of a creeper.

  1. Peace Lilies signify peace and harmony and can be used to brighten up a dull atmosphere
  2. Purple colour flowering plants signify wealth and hence bring prosperity
  3. Growing Lotus and Jasmine plants inside the house are considered very lucky

 

Creepers

It is a strict NO to have creepers inside the house. Creepers can be grown outside the house in a garden but must not take the support of a wall or fence, it needs to be independent.

  1. Money plants are the only exception to this rule which can be grown within the house. However, inside the house too it needs to be independent and not grow using the support of walls or grills.

 

Thorny plants and cacti

Plants that usually have thorns and/or are a species of cacti, should not be kept inside the house. Thorns signify negative energy and can also be hazardous to children and other occupants of the premises. A rose bush is the only exception to this rule and it can be grown inside the house.

 

Bonsai plants

Bonsai plants should not be kept inside or outside the house. Since bonsai is maintained by restricting the growth of the plant, it can affect the life of the grower as well.

 

Fruit plants

It is usually difficult to grow plants that bear fruits since the plants are usually very large. Growing fruit-bearing plants outside the house is not a problem. Growing a lemon plant inside the house is considered to be very lucky.

History of Vastu

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Have you ever wondered when, how and where did the science of Vastushastra come into being? Who created it, on what principles are it based on and what is the objective of this field? This article aims to throw more light on how this concept came into being from ancient times to it’s more modern force.

As per Sanskrit, Vastu Shastra can be translated to ‘the science/teachings on the art of dwelling’. It is supposed to have come into existence as far as 6000 BC and the ruins of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro are known to have been built using VastuThe mention of Vastu can also be found in our Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas where they talk extensively about architecture and construction. Many ancient temples and palaces of kings were built on these principles.

Vastu was initially conceptualised to be a manual for city-building and town planning. Most of the rules of Vastu were based upon astrology, wind directions and the Sun and how to foster the energy of the elements in order to make life more healthy and prosperous. Since life for people was extremely simple, they relied heavily on the power of the elements to lead their daily routines. Hence, they built their homes to better harvest this energy for their benefit.

Over time, these doctrines of Vastu have been given a more structured shape and have often been associated with Hindu Mythology. The Vastu we see today is a well-researched subject taking our modern lifestyle into consideration which blends science with belief. In modern application, Vastu is used to bring prosperity and overcome hurdles by going back to the science used by our ancestors to harvest the power of the elements in order to overcome our problems.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Om Mantra

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In Hinduism, we often come across ‘Om’. A sacred symbol as well as a chant often said with prayers. We place the symbol on places of religious significance and constantly say the word when we pray, but why do we do that? Why do yogis and spiritual gurus stress the importance of using the word ‘Om’?

The Om Mantra or “AUM” is the highest sacred symbol in Hinduism. Om is considered to be sacred and resonates a high spiritual and creative energy. It is believed to represent the basic sound of the universe; the cosmic vibration that gives birth to all other sounds.

Om is a representation of the Hindu trinity which consists of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Om is finite as well as infinite. It also represents the 3 Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda.

The Om mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power and chanting it in a high and prolonged note raises vibrations of the individual practicing it and, as a result, people who chant it feel alive, at peace and centered. It affects every part of the body. Om is considered so divine in Hinduism that they place it before and after every other Mantra.

We all know that in order to attain good physical health and happiness, the body requires adequate exercise, proper diet, and rest. More importantly and more overlooked, is the health of our inner self which also requires nourishment and attention. When we neglect our spiritual inner self, we become imbalanced and negative in attitude and emotions. “Om” destroys the negativity of the mind.

Chanting of the Om Mantra purifies the environment around you and creates positive vibrations. Om not only benefits the person who is chanting it but also to the people around them wherever its vibrations flow. It cleanses your aura and can be recited by anyone. It can place you in a meditational state which deeply relaxes your body. Your concentration increases when you chant this universal hymn. The ॐ chanting removes toxin from your body. It is said to give you better immunity and self-healing powers. It improves your concentration and helps you focus on whatever your goals may be.

Hence, every individual must take out a few mintues daily, to close their eyes and meditate and chant the word ‘Om’ to calm the mind and body.

The Story and Mythology Behind Holi

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Holi, the festival of colors – primarily celebrated in India. It is the most fun-filled, noisy and lively of all Hindu festivals. It’s an occasion that brings lot of joy and happiness, fun and play, music and dance, and of course lots of bright colors!

With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it’s time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy this spring festival. Every year it is celebrated on the full moon day in Falgun, sometimes in the month of March, and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. The festival also holds significance with respect to end of winter season and the onset of summer season.

There are several mythological stories behind the origins of the festival. The most popular one is related to the killing of Holika. Mythology states that when Prahlad disobeyed the orders of Hrinyakashyapu and kept praying for Lord Vishnu, Hrinyakashyapu took the help of his sister, Holika, to kill him. Holika took Prahlad in her lap and sat in a bonfire as she had immunity against fire. However, to everyone’s amazement, Holika was burnt alive while Prahlad was unaffected. Thus, Holika Dahan is celebrated a day before Holi. Hence, Holi festival commemorates the victory of good over evil.

Holi got its name as the “Festival of Colors” from Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors. The morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other.

It is said this festival encourages the feeling of brotherhood in the society. People from all communities and religion participate in this joyous and colorful festival and strengthen the secular fabric of nation.

Vastu Kripa would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe holi. We at Vastu Kripa promote a environmentally safe holi and advocate the use of herbal colours and less water. Happy Holi!

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The Significance of Directions in Vastu Shastra – Part 3

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In continuation to our multi-part series where we talk about the significance of each direction, we shall now see the significance of each direction and the role it plays. This would help us better understand Vastu Shastra and why certain changes are recommended.

West (Paschim Disha)

The west is controlled by Lord Varuna or the Lord of the Waters. The planet that sits in this direction is Saturn and hence this direction is not considered auspicious. The lower abdomens of the Vastu Purush sit in this direction. Usually women seem to benefit a lot from this direction.

Items to be installed in this direction –

Overhead water tanks and staircases are advised in this direction.

Garage or workshed can also be installed in this direction.

Other recommendations –

Avoid keeping big doors or openings in the west. It is believed that solar energy is lost if big openings are present on the west of the house.

Rooms recommended in the north –

Toilets in the room should be on the west if possible.

South West (Nairuttya Disha)

The South West corner is known to be the area of the devil and is hence the most inauspicious part of the house. The area is associated with the planet Rahu and this part of the house or property must be left un-tilised.

Recommendations:

Heavy objects and items of storage must be kept in this corner. The heavy weight helps bring down the negative impact of this area

During construction, all building materials must be kept in this corner

Within the kitchen, the fridge and other heavy items should be placed in this corner

In our next blog we shall discuss South and South East zones.

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The Amazing Power of Tulsi

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India is a country of traditions and customs.There are many explanations given about the spiritual, religious and medicinal benefits of Tulsi.

Tulsi or Holy basil is a sacred plant in Hindus. Tulsi, also know as Hari Priya, is the beloved of Lord Narayan. As one legend goes, Tulsi was the devoted wife of Shankhachud, a celestial being. An untoward incident in her life made her believe that Lord Krishna had somehow tricked her into sinning. Hence, she cursed him to turn into a stone (shaligram). Seeing her devotion and adherence to righteousness, the Lord blessed her saying that she would become the worshipped plant, Tulsi, that would adorn his head. This instance gave Tulsi it’s importance and it was imprinted in the Hindu scriptures that all offerings to Lord Vishnu and his various avatars, including Sri Rama and Sri Krishna, would be incomplete without the offering of the Tulsi leaf.

It is believed that nothing on earth can equal to the virtues of Tulsi, being the only plant that is regarded as self-purifiying. Apart from religious significance, it is great for medicinal purposes too. The plant extract is used to cure n prevent many illnesses and diseases. Boiling tulsi leaves and serving it with tea or even as plain water, is widely used as a deterrant to illnesses such as fever, malaria, cough and cold. Eating the leaves of Tulsi on a regular basis is supposed to help clean the blood of various impurities.

Tulsi is also widely used as a flavouring substance in tea and as a garnish on various dishes. According to ancient texts, Tulsi is glorified as the one who helps in bringing people closer to the divine.

We hope this increased your knowledge of this sacred plant. Some more tips will be coming your way soon. Keep reading!

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The Significance of Directions in Vastu Shastra – Part 6

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In the finale to our multi-part series where we talk about the significance of each direction, we shall now see the significance of each direction and the role it plays. This would help us better understand Vastu Shastra and why certain changes are recommended.

 

Central (Brahmasthan)

The creator himself, Brahma, rules this position. Because of the significance of the central area of the house, it should be kept completely free of obstructions in order to allow a smooth passage of energies from one part of the house to another

Items to be installed in this direction –

No walls, heavy equipment or furniture must be present in this area. It should be free of all obstructions.
It was a common practice to allow the Brahmasthan to open to the sky, however, this may not be possible with modern construction methods.

This last and final direction brings our multi-part series to an end. Keep reading our blog to know more about how to improve and lead a better life using Vastu.

 

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Why do we offer food to the Lord before eating it.

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In many traditions and cultures around the world, we see people making a prayer to god or sacrificing a part of their meal before eating it themselves. This article will give some insight into this ancient tradition and why it is followed.

In western tradition, food is partaken after a thanks giving prayer. Indians make an offering of it to the Lord and later partake of it as ‘Prasaad’ (a holy gift from the Lord). When you offer food to God this is called ‘Bhog’. It is believed that God accepts and consumes a part of that Bhog which is offered by the devotee with love and devotion. 

The food symbolically stands for our ignorant consciousness, which we place before god for spiritual enlightenment. After he suffuses it with knowledge and light and breathes a new life into our bodies, it makes us divine. When we share the Prasad with others, we share the knowledge we thus gained with fellow beings.

However, one needs to differentiate ‘Naivedhyam’ from ‘Prasad’. Naivedyam, is food offered to a Hindu deity as part of a worship ritual, before eating it. As such, tasting during preparation or eating the food before offering it to God is forbidden. The food is placed before a deity and prayers are offered. Then the food is consumed as a holy offering. Prasad, is actually what one gets from God. The meaning of these words is usually attributed to food as we invariably offer to and receive from the house of Gods in the form of eatables.

Offering of food to the Lord is considered for a kind of sacrifice that frees from sin, but it can be much more than that. It can be a way to intimately associate with the Lord, a way to reciprocate the affection with him / her, a way how to do something for him / her.

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Happiness

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Through the power of truth, there is wealth and through the power of peace there is health. Together they give us something known as happiness. Happiness is earned by those whose actions, attitude and attributes are pure and selfless. Everything that we do today in our lives all drives towards one singular goal, to make ourselves more happy. We work to earn money, we use money to make our lives better. We eat to satisfy ourselves, we love because we want someone to love us back. All of this gives us happiness.

The warmth and the comfort of happiness is hidden within the self. Happiness of mind is a state of peace in which there is no upheaval or violence. Peace within the self creates faith in the intellect. In a world where all relationships have accounts of happiness and sorrow, the greatest lesson to be learnt about being happy is to “Give happiness and take happiness, don’t give sorrow and take sorrow”.

Happiness is prosperity which comes from self sovereignty. Self-sovereignty means being a master over the mind, intellect and personality traits; being complete with all powers and virtues. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes us happy. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Happiness does not come with a price tag. It cannot be bought, sold or bargained for. It is earned by those whose actions, attitude and attributes are pure and selfless. The road to happiness is paved with golden opportunities. Each step taken on this journey is guaranteed a return of multi millions.

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The Significance of Directions in Vastu Shastra – Part 5

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In continuation to our multi-part series where we talk about the significance of each direction, we shall now see the significance of each direction and the role it plays. This would help us better understand Vastu Shastra and why certain changes are recommended.

 

East (Purav)

The east zone is the area of the sun. Since the sun rises in this direction, it is considered to be extremely auspicious. Lord Indra rules over this zone and and is also the harbinger of rain and hence prosperity.

Items to be installed in this direction –

This area must be kept as open as possible. Installing mirrors in this direction doubles the prosperity received through prayers.

No walls or even minor obstructions should be installed in this direction.

Other recommendations –

Never install staircases or toilets in this zone.

 

North East (Ishanya)

The north east direction is extremely powerful as it receives the suns strong ultra violet rays. It is ruled by Lord Shiva and is represented by the planet Jupiter.

Items to be installed in this direction –

Leaving this area as open as possible is always recommended.

Other recommendations –

A missing North-East corner is extremely inauspicious in the house.

Facing this direction during prayers is strongly recommended.

Rooms to have in this direction –

A temple or Pooja ghar is recommended for this direction.

 

In our next blog we shall discuss the last direction of Vastu, the central direction

 

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