Five Tips For Garden Sanctuaries

By Robin Mastro

The design of your garden has an amazing affect on your familys health and well-being. Here is how you can create harmony in your gardenwhich is considered a living entityand bring peace and happiness within your home. Vastu Shastra is an environmental science written about some 7,000 10,000 years ago in India by rishis, or men of great wisdom. They observed the workings of Nature and recorded how different rays of the sun, the magnetic poles, the makeup of the land, soil, slope, structures, etc. affected all living things. It is the oldest recorded architectural treatise known to man and it is from this science that some of the worlds most enduring structures have been created. According to the science of Vastu Shastra, all five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) need to be in harmony. When a seed is planted, it requires that all five elements be balanced for a seed to germinate, sprout and become a strong, healthy plant. The disproportion of any one element whether it is the quality of the earth (soil ph), the amount and quality of water, wind (air), sun (fire), or the amount of space it is planted inwill inhibit its growth. In this way a wise gardener sets up a balanced environment for his plants to grow free from disease and stress. Briefly, each area of your garden is associated with one of the five elements. The earth element is associated with the southwest area of your garden and creates a sustaining and grounding force. In the northeast, the water element is at home. This element allows plants to flourish. The fire element in the southeast supports disease-free plants. The northwest is related to the air element encouraging cross-pollination. The space element is associated with the central area of your garden, enhancing the flow of beneficial influences that nourishes the other elements. Positive magnetic energies coming from the north and the positive solar energies coming from the east promote harmony and balance. Here are five great steps you can use to bring the five elements into balance within your garden and make it a sanctuary that is not only beautiful to look and wonderful to spend time in, but will actually have an empowering affect on the health and well-being of you and your family.

1. Build up the southwest area of your garden to produce the stabilizing force of the earth element. You can do this with a rock garden, tall trees and even a stone statue. This will help to collect and hold the positive solar and magnetic energies coming from the east and north. Since yellow is the color associated with the southwest, choose daffodils, roses or wisteria to accentuate this area. This is also a good place for a storage or tool shed.

2. Represent the water element by using low plantings in the northeast that will allow the flow of positive solar energy. Add a fountain or reflection pool or pond in this area to reflect this beneficial energy throughout the garden. Herbs, white pansies or geraniums can be used as accents.

3. Add a barbeque or a fire pit in the southeast as your fire element. Red symbolizes this direction so plant tulips, geraniums and dahlias here.

4. Use wind chimes to balance the air element in the northwest. Since blue is the color of this area, plant bluebells, forget-me-nots and iris to enhance the influences coming from this direction.

5. Represent the space element by an open area in the middle of you garden. It can either be a patio or grass. Finally, by keeping your garden neat and tidy you will be maintaining balance and attracting the positive influence of each of the directions.

A well-designed and tended garden, using the principles of Vastu Shastra, will benefit you and all the members of your family for years to come. By reconnecting with the natural balance inherent in the environment, you will encourage better personal health, improve the quality of relationships and enhance well-being.

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In recent years, Pyramidology has experienced a resurgence in popularity.
The pyramid shape itself is being seen as a supernatural source of power or energy.
The pyramid power has become the primary focus of everything from veterinarian concerns to extraterrestrial messages.

You can build a pyramid of your own
but you must be sure it is built to the correct proportion and angle,which is 52.606º
It is a lot of fun to try experiments with it, to see how things grow inside the pyramid.

Some of the effects are:
food kept
under the pyramid will stay fresh for two to three times longer than
uncovered food.Artificial flavorings in food will loose their taste,
but natural flavors are enhanced.
The taste of foods change; they become less bitter and acid.
When we take a spectrographic reading of the treated item, it will show a change in the molecular structure.
The pyramid will dehydrate and mummify things, but it will not permit decay or mold to grow.
There is also a slowing or complete stopping of the growth of microorganisms.
Kirlian photographs of human sublects show the aura to be significantly brighter after a 15-minute exposure period.

Reactions to pyramid environments.
living inside of a pyramid home; working within a pyramid building, or
those who meditate within or sleep under a pyramid framework; or those
who sleep above small pyramids aligned in series placed under the bed,
generally feel positive, immediate reactions. Reports sometimes include
temporary, energy nausea; apparently due to excess body toxins.

Creatures are magnetically attracted to Pyramid replicas.
from several sources, demonstrate that pets of all kinds thrive under,
or within open-frame pyramids. Dogs and cats are observed to respond to
this unique,
form-energy environment in harmonious ways

Pyramid alignment.
Briefly, a celestial
(Polaris north star) alignment for one pyramid side, is preferred to
that of magnetic north determined by a compass reading, because a
substantial magnetic correction must be accounted for, according to the
geographical location involved.

Symbols placed on a pyramid’s sides.
Symbols and mandallas decorating a pyramid’s sides, produce a positive result variety of positive responses.

Pyramid research :
Bill Kerell is a
pyramid researcher who has been doing experiments with pyramids for
about 17 years.He has done many experiments using brine shrimp. Brine
shrimp usually live 6 to 7 weeks; but under the pyramids,Bill has kept
them alive for over a year. He also noticed that pyramid-grown shrimp
grew two to three times larger than normal. Bill has also done a lot of
work with humans.
One of the things he and his associates have
found is that hypertensive individuals become tranquilized, but
lethargic people become energetic again.
A lot of work has been done with individuals who meditate.
It has been found that the theta and alpha brain waves are increased.
These frequencies are also higher and the signal strength is twice the amplitude of normal.
Dr. Carl Benedicks (a Swedish scientist) discovered that the pyramid produced a resonance or frequency inside.
Two German scientists, Born and Lertes, also discovered that this frequency was in the microwave range.
say that items placed under the pyramid stay “charged” for various
lengths of time after being taken from under the pyramid.
It has been found that water keeps its “charge” longer than anything else.
Pyramids have also been experimented with by doctors.
Bill has been told by a doctor from a Canadian hospital that they tried using a pyramid in their burn ward.
The results were that after being under the pyramid for a few minutes, the patients’ pain started to go away.
They also found that the burn areas healed much faster.
of the most interesting accounts of Pyramid power was cited by Serge
King in his book, Pyramid Energy Handbook. In this book, King speaks of
ways people can help their dogs, cats, fish and fowl. He explains, “One
of my researchers recently reported that she placed a pyramid over the
cage of an excitable bird. The bird immediately flew to the top of the
cage in an apparent attempt to get as close to the pyramid as possible
and has since remained far more calm than before”

The most common effects that meditators say happen to them when they are under the pyramid are:
sense of weightlessness; a time distortion, both of speed and slowing
down; a tingling sensation on the skin,similar to that of mild
electricity; an increase in the skin temperature; a tranquilizing
effect on the nervous system; a deeper “dropping off ” in the
transcendental state; and finally, very graphic dreams in vivid color.

Pyramid Power frequency:
The pyramid
puts things back the way they are supposed to be; it makes things more
perfect. The one frequency that is common with all elements is the
carrier wave. The vector angle of energy formed by the carrier wave
frequency is 52.606º. This pyramid we have built is both a transmitter
and receiver in one. This is why we can build a pyramid out of any
material, and it will work. The elements in the material used for the
pyramid start to oscillate

Placing objects in the Pyramid:
They are also good conductors of electricity, which means that they transfer information better than others.
When an object is placed inside the pyramid, it receives the information that makes
up on a stronger or amplified basis. It makes no difference what is put
into it. The razor blade will stay sharp because the information that
makes up those microscopic metal crystals will try to remain in their
original shape by trying to move atoms to the areas worn away. This
frequency raises the potential of the elements and, so to speak,
“charges them.” When the water is being charged, it is actually the
oxygen molecule that is being charged, since the oxygen molecule is the
element in the water that forms the octahedron crystal. The oxygen
vectors realign themselves when under the pyramid.
The use of
Pyramids in amplifying crystals, herbs and essential oils etc, is quite
simple,place the artical inside the pyramid for at least 2 -24 hours
Flower essences are greatly amplified
Scientists have confirmed this; they see a change in the molecular structure of the water,but they don’t know why.

The same explanation can be applied to the plants and the food placed under the pyramid.
If the plant is growing under the pyramid, it is receiving amplified information of its self.
The stronger the signal, the more energy the plant has.
more the information it receives about itself, the less chance
for-imperfections in its construction, which would cause disease,,
mold, or other organisms to attack it.

Water will loose its chlorine taste and generally tastes better.
Plants grown under the pyramid grow about twice as fast, in their early life, than do plants that are not grown under it.
The treated young plants look healthier and have less insect damage.

It has been found that a copper pyramid has the best effects and intensifies the effect on organic materials.
The pyramid also has an effect on inorganic items.
It is well known that razor blades are kept sharper longer if placed under a pyramid between uses.

Plan well for your perfect home

By S Selvakumar

To own a shelter is everyone’s ambition.
Some may own a home when they are very young and the others when they
are not so young. There are numerous people who do not have their own
homes. They pass their lives in rented premises. Through proper
planning anyone can achieve the ambition of owing a comfortable house.

The concept of construction is a little complicated one. It is,
therefore, necessary to understand the basics of house-construction
before embarking on your dream project.

Locating the land

When you decide that you need a house,
you then need to find a good plot to construct it. Always remember
three important points — location, good location and the best location.

Before deciding on the plot, you have to make a survey of various
plots and then select a suitable one. If you do not like the position
or shape of a land, do not buy it. If you exert a little more, you will
definitely find a suitable piece of land at a convenient location.

Engage professionals

It is always advisable to engage professionals to get quality work
and its timely completion. Architects, civil engineers, structural
engineers, real estate agents, banks, plumbers, electricians and
building contractors contribute a lot in shaping your dream house. You
have to select the right people to carry out the work. Engaging
professionals would prove a little expensive, but it would ensure that
you do not have to face problems in the long run. If you do not wish to
spend money on the professional, you may save a portion of the project
cost but in the long run you might face problems.

Purchase of land

Once you have selected a piece of land and decided to purchase it,
your advocate will take care of all the legal aspects of the land — as
to its title and genuineness, and prepare a document called the
Agreement to Sell to be entered into between the purchaser and the
seller. The Agreement to Sell is a very important document particularly
for buying a property. The period between the Agreement to Sell and the
Sale Deed is a crucial period for the purchaser. An eminent advocate,
who has long experience in property matters, must deal with such
important matters. Most importantly you should not follow a ready-made
model agreement or sale deed, or engage a real estate agent or a job
typist, as some people do. You may save some money but in the long run
particularly when you plan to sell the property; chances of facing
problems cannot be ruled out.

Vaastu Shastra

The concept of building a house on Vaastu principles has become
very popular. Vaastu Shastra is the science of construction. In the
present times it has assumed a distorted meaning. People attribute
Vaastu to good luck and bad luck.

Whether you believe in Vaastu or not, it is advisable to construct
the house on Vaastu principles, since an adverse remark on the location
of the rooms might psychologically affect the owner if something
untoward happens in the future. The main door, pooja room, kitchen,
bathroom, toilet, storage space, bedrooms, overhead and underground
water tanks and septic tanks must be according to Vaastu Shastra,
particularly so when you put up the house for sale at a future date.

House plan

Making a plan is very important. It is the first step in the
entire process before the construction work starts. Once you settle on
a budget and spell out exactly what you want, the professionals can
take over. The architects will assist you in designing your home, right
from the hall, kitchen and bathrooms of the house. The rooms are so
designed that they are proportionate to the area available for

From the design you can see how each room would look. You may
change the plan as many times as you like before making the final
drawing. Once the final drawing is prepared it should not be changed.
The architect makes the plan with the future in mind.

You may carry out the construction work in stages depending on your
budget. If you have money to construct only the ground floor you may do
so. You may or may not construct additional floors but it is a must to
have a total plan for two or three floors as per the floor area ratio

Constructing a house without a plan will cause many problems in
various stages of construction. Do not take the advice of illiterate
‘maistries’ who do not know the problems that might arise in the


While planning the house you have to make certain provisions for
exterior elevation and interior decoration and furnishing work. These
add value to your house for ever.

Sanction plan

Before taking up the construction work the final drawing must be
submitted well in advance to the competent authority for approval. The
building construction work must be based on the plan sanctioned by the
authority. A minor deviation from the sanctioned plan may be done if
required. A copy of the sanctioned plan must be handy at the job site
for inspection by the competent authority while the job is under

Housing finance

Before starting the construction work, you have to mobilise
adequate funds for smooth and uninterrupted execution. You have to
decide on the budget and raise it from your own sources or from a
housing finance institution. Whatever be the estimate, you have to
provide for an extra ten per cent to take care of the costs of
escalation of building materials and unexpected additional work.

If you intend to avail home loans, you will have to approach a
finance company well in advance with the sanctioned plan etc, and get
the loan sanctioned.


The structural engineer does the foundation drawing. Though
foundation work is a little expensive but you must not compromise with
it. A building rests safely on a strong foundation. It is the base on
which you can construct additional floors at a future date.


From the Floor Area Ratio FAR), the plot coverage area must be
worked out. Plinth Area is the total area of construction. This
includes all the floors as well as the wall thickness. Carpet area is
the area inside the constructed building between the walls and the area
actually used. Super built area is generally applicable to apartments.
This includes the wall thickness, projected area and the common area.

Solar heater

Whether you are providing a solar heater or not, there must be a
provision for it and you must atleast give pipeline connections to the
bath rooms, kitchen and other places from the heater location so that
you need not have to spend extra money when you install a solar water


For bathrooms, the bolting arrangements must be such that when
it is bolted from the inside the door can be opened from the outside by
applying a little force in case of an emergency. The bath room must be
laid with anti-skid tiles. The fixtures in the bathrooms must be such
that they do not interfere with free movement. Also there shall be no
projections from the walls.


Though teak wood is preferred, by using other wood and wood substitutes you can save upto 50 per cent on the wood cost.

If adequate funds are not available for making built-in cupboards,
you may make the provisions for putting them up at a future date.

Periodic inspection

Civil, structural, plumbing, sanitary, electrical, carpentry
and laying of tiles are inter-related work which call for proper
co-ordination, with periodic inspection and repair. When construction
work is in progress a representative of yours must be on the job site.
The architect, civil engineer, and the structural engineer must
periodically inspect work at the construction site. This is a must.

Wiring and Plumbing

The architect prepares the drawing for electrical, plumbing,
sanitary and pipe laying work and it must be carried out as per the
drawing. In case of a deviation, it must be incorporated in the
drawing. The drawing must be kept safely so that if any leakage or
short circuit occurs after some years, the drawing will come in handy
to locate the faulty areas.


This is the last stage. Painting work is done in five phases.
After the primer coating is given, it is allowed to dry. Thereafter the
full putty and then the first coating of painting are given. This work
must never be rushed. After the first coat you may perform pooja.
Thereafter touch-up putty work is done and then the final coating.
Adequate time must be given for the final coating, which makes the
interior visually appealing.


Do not compromise on the material quality. Always use BIS
(Bureau of Indian Standards) certified materials. Electrical wiring
materials must be of a well-known and reliable brand. Without proper
co-ordination, timely execution of work is not possible. For each work
phase, a timetable must be drawn up and strictly adhered to. When one
phase is over, workers for the next stage of work must step in. There
shall be no financial constraints at any stage, if all these are
attended to promptly, and you can have your dream house without any
hassles. The author is an advocate who specialises in property matters.
He can be reached on E-mail: [email protected]

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Nirvana, a tropical treasure trove carved in stone


Nirvana, the latest in the offering, promises to be a township par
excellence. What remains to be seen is whether the development can live
up to all expectations, writes Nandhini Sundar.

HOUSES reflecting traditional designs, apartments developed on a
particular theme, inspiration coming from different architecture,
exotic landscaping with wet and dry fountains, club houses built on the
lines of a spa, developments resembling a resort more than an apartment
complex. The list is endless. Each promising to be sophisticated and
better than the rest, with a never-ending set of facilities thrown in.

With awareness growing and consumers becoming increasingly
demanding, with competition becoming stiff, it is not surprising to see
this trend emerging with the probability of it tightening further as
the consumer starts demanding the impossible.

In this scenario, MetroCorp, together with Jurong Consultants,
proposes a development, Nirvana, coming up near the new international
airport. The development promises the aforementioned, meeting the
exacting demands of the discerning customer, and goes further by
offering this package in an exotic tropical setting.

The villas, styled on the lines of tropical architecture, offer
distinctive features such as a pitch roof to prevent excessive build up
of heat inside, large overhangs to diffuse sunlight, large openings
that give the illusion of interiors flowing into the outdoors, blending
with the landscapes and water bodies. The larger villas open on to
individual landscaped gardens housing water bodies.

“In tropical architecture the accent is on ventilation and not just
sloped roofs. Here, the houses come with high roofs to allow free
circulation of air. The water bodies help in the flow of cool air into
the house. The villas, especially the clubhouse, with their sloped
roof, reflect Balian architecture”, says Deepak Krishnappa, CEO,
MetroCorp. Each one of these sloped roof villas have been made Vaastu
compliant while sporting organic planning in the design of the

Says Rao Munukutla, CEO, Jurong Consultants, “Twin houses normally
are mirror reflections. To keep them Vaastu compliant, we have not gone
for a mirror image but simply replicated them.” In other words, the
rooms of the twin houses will be positioned identically. Vaastu sets
down rigid rules for compliance. “To make the houses blend with the
tropical free flowing design, some of these rigid rules have been
dispensed with.”

The development also promises to pack in unique features in the
area of common facilities, such as an international school,
professional house keeping agencies along with a creche, a clinic,
besides the now commonly offered facilities like a supermarket, ATM
etc. Adds Mr Krishnappa, “The professional house keeping agencies will
also provide domestic help as an add-on facility.” So as not to leave
environment related issues unattended, there would be a provision for
sewage treatment plants and rain water harvesting to conserve water.
The recycled water would be used for gardening and cleaning of common

The development is said to house parks and playgrounds that would
be functional and easy to maintain. About three acres of land have been
earmarked as plain lawns with very minimal landscaping and this would
be dispersed all over the area. These would act as free play areas for
children and open relaxation spaces for adults.

The development will also feature a resort that promises to offer
world-class facilities. The resort is to be developed and managed by
The Banyan Tree Resorts and Spa, the number one company, worldover, in
resort management. The resort would also offer nature-based health and
beauty therapies along with pool villas and jacuzzi villas.

The country club, to be spread over 40-acres, will be home to a
dozen state-of-the-art tennis courts, 10 badminton and squash courts,
three swimming pools, of which one would be a heated pool, two basket
ball courts besides jogging and cycling tracks and a 400 yard driving
range and putting greens. A 12 lane bowling alley is to be added on to
other facilities such as restaurants, conference rooms and business

Says Mr Krishnappa, “We hope to conduct some premium tennis tournaments here at Nirvana.”

But situated close to the new international airport, is it not too far away from the city?

“Commuting on a daily basis to the city from here right now will
not be practical. But once the airport becomes operational, there will
be malls, hotels and other commercial developments along with more
residential units. This will probably end up being the Gurgaon of
Bangalore”, Mr Krishnappa added confidently.

Whether Nirvana ends up as the next Gurgaon or not, the development
lends the promise of being one of the most relaxing and enjoyable
dwellings in the city.

The writer can be contacted at  Email: [email protected]

Vasthu vs geo-politics

Vasthu Sastra expert
T. Selva and political scientist Dr Chandra Muzaffar give their
analyses of the state of different countries.



Selva: Vasthu-wise, India’s shape is inauspicious as it narrows
in the south. India’s north-east, the water corner, is occupied by the
Himala-yan mountain range; having weight in this quadrant results in
tension with neighbouring nations.

Furthermore, the country
has lost the prosperity and benefits from both the south-west and
south-east quadrants. Having water bodies in those quadrants can result
in India facing threats from other nations and not having a close
relationship with its neighbours. Because of these defects, the country
is likely to struggle for prosperity and will face economic and
financial challenges constantly.

Dr Chandra: Over the last 500 years, Western colonisation has exploited non-Western parts of the world.

In India, Calcutta in 1750 was a more prosperous
city than London, and India before British colonisation had a fairly
sophisticated level of civilisation. It had a strong agricultural base,
made numerous advances in science and mathematics, and had many

Then the British colonialists arrived and chopped off the fingers of
thousands of artisans so India could not produce textiles and compete
with their own products!

Even though it is now independent, modern-India lost two centuries
worth of resources feeding the British empire. It also has built-in
problems due to the disputes with Pakistan that are a direct result of
the way in which the colonialists divided the country in 1947.

Of course the Indian caste system is another burden of the past that the country has to overcome.



T. Selva: Vasthu readings do indicate a
favourable future for China. Its shape is auspicious with more plus
than minus points. It is located in the north-east corner of the globe
and its own north-east corner is extended too. In Vasthu, if that
corner is extended, prosperity and fame will be enjoyed by the people.

The capital, Beijing, is located in the north-east and this is why it
is more developed than the rest of the country. The minus point is that
the south-west portion is “missing”. Because of this, even though the
country has fame and prosperity, it will have to depend on other
countries for success. This is why although China is a leading
manufacturer, it is actually producing goods for other countries.

Dr Chandra Muzaffar: If
you look at the histories of countries, there is a clear evolution. For
hundreds of years, China has been exposed to floods and typhoons which
in the past would take the lives of tens of thousands of people. But
over the last few decades, China has become better at dealing with
natural disasters. This is a result of planning and experience and the
marshalling of resources.


Selva: The US is an auspicious
country because its great lakes are located close to the north-east
portion, which is the water corner and its mountains are located along
the western portion. It has an irregular rectangle shape and almost all
its states are a perfect square or rectangle. In Vasthu, squares and
rectangles are favourable because the flow of energy in such areas are
not distorted. So the United States will continue to enjoy good fortune
for many years to come.

But where leadership is concerned, a
quick look at the White House shows that the Oval Office, which the US
president works in, is in the south-east quadrant. In Vasthu, the shape
of the office is inauspicious because the flow of energy in such a
setting is rapid. Anyone working in such an office will not be at

Furthermore, the south-east is the fire corner and those working in
such a location will often be aggressive and face many conflicts. There
are also other defects in the overall structure of the White House,
which has a south-west entrance. This is an inauspicious opening. Owing
to all these factors, any president taking office will face a lot of

Dr Chandra:
Right now, I don’t believe that the Washington-elite is leading the US
to a future that would ensure the dignity of its people. They have a
war-related economy and a federal budget deficit of nearly U$9.7tril
(RM35.89tril), I believe. Because of the war, the regime has earned the
political mistrust of most nations. I believe it is a nation in
decline. With Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it wrought, we saw
a country that has great resources failing to deal with the disaster. I
would say apathy came into play.


Selva: Although Malaysia does not
have the perfect Vasthu shape of a square or rectangle, the country
generally enjoys prosperity, peace and stability because the defects on
the peninsula are not serious. One favourable indicator is that the
country’s north-east portion is narrow and has a water body, the South
China Sea, on one side. Ideally, the south-west portion, the prosperity
quadrant, should be square. But the fact that it curves slightly means
the shape is not too harmful. As such, the cities in the south-west
quadrant, like Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Malacca and Johor Baru, will see
more development and activity than cities in the rest of the country.
Penang is located in the north-west wind quadrant, a favourable corner
for manufacturing industries whose goods will move fast.

Dr Chandra:
In Malaysia, of course we have good and bad things. Our roads are not
safe, we have political structures that detract from harmony, there is
a serious intra-community income disparity. The government’s basic duty
is to ensure that its citizens can live in dignity, and, to a huge
extent, this relies on leadership and whether it can respond to
challenges. Yet when all is said and done, we are in better shape than
many others.


Tame that unruly mind

LAST week, I was in India, that land rich with ancient and mystical
sciences. Mumbai, where I was, is the capital of Maharashtra state and the city for Vasthu Sastra.

The mansions and bungalows in Malabar Hill where the Bollywood movie
stars live are carefully built to incorporate the science of harmonious
dwelling. Advertisements of houses for sale or rent in major dailies
like The Times of India and Hindustan Times
usually carry a footnote that properties are Vasthu-compliant – they
have to, otherwise, say real estate agents, no one would buy or rent

Besides covering a maritime conference in Mumbai, I wanted to enhance my techniques on meditation.

In India, many people meditate to seek solutions to all kinds of
illnesses and problems because they believe that human beings are born
with a great capacity for self-healing.

Meditation can help reduce allergies, anxiety, backache, depression,
headaches (including migraines) and it can help alleviate sexual

Indeed, research has revealed that meditation seems to boost health in
general. Studies have shown that the meditative state is more restful
than sleep even.

And that is the key point: Our minds are usually working at full speed
because of work pressure, the rush to meet deadlines, targets, visions
– all in the name of material gain. Meditation, however, can calm the
mind. It aims to unite the mind in a single thought and free it of

If you want to take up meditation, you must prepare mentally and
physically so that your body, mind and spirit are in harmony. This is
because meditation requires you to be free from the pressures of the
mind and the desires of the body.

Why meditate, what are its benefits?

Meditation can connect one with universal energies and help one attain moksha (liberation).

By practising regular meditation, one attains self-realisation and divine manifestation in one’s own heart.

One can not only heal oneself but also energise the entire world if one is united in consciousness with other meditators.

Meditation alleviates stress and strain and bestows peace, tranquillity
and bliss. It also develops concentration, health and self-confidence.

The highlight of any meditative experience is if one experiences a
white light – this indicates the highest vibration of energy. This
light translates as love, and when an individual experiences this
status, he or she is filling up with love.

How to meditate?

According to Vasthu Sastra, the auspicious location for meditation is
the north-east, the spiritual quadrant. Once you have located this
direction, sit with the legs comfortably folded and eyes closed for
several minutes.

Some people may require a tutor, or a guru, to guide them, but, in most
cases, any individual can connect with the energy of the universe
without any help.

Meditation is the art of focusing the mind upon a chosen thought to
remove impurities. Some people do this by chanting mantras, while
others do it by consciously concentrating on one thought, or on

Meditation is best done after a shower in the morning or in the
evening, or at sunrise or sunset. Ideally, you should meditate daily.
The meditative state allows nerves and tired muscles to relax, and will
calm heart rates and ease blood pressure. It’s so restful that you’ll want to do it daily!

Vasthu talk

The columnist will give a talk on how to arrange a house according to
Vasthu Sastra principles in order to attain health, wealth, happiness
and peace of mind on Oct 16 at 6.30pm at the Cinta Sayang Golf Resort
in Sungai Petani, Kedah. Admission is by contribution of RM10 to the
Sungai Petani Rotary Club. To register, contact Raja at 016-410 5662.

Another talk will be held on Oct 22 at 7pm at Bon Ton Restaurant (No.
4, Jalan Ceylon) in Kuala Lumpur. Admission is by contribution of RM10
to the Guru Dharma Society. To register, contact Madeline Kuan at
016-384 8860.

Seven steps to meditation

1. Find a quiet spot.

2. Relax and sit comfortably; lie down if you want to.

3. Play soft, relaxing music or chant a mantra.

4. Close your eyes, drop your shoulders.

5. Breathe slowly and deeply, four or five times.

6. Think of something to focus on. Do not think of worldly matters. If your mind wanders, return to your focus.

7. Sit still for about 10 to 20 minutes, inhaling and exhaling gently and regularly.

T. Selva, The Star’s Maritime Editor, has spent years
researching this ancient Indian science of construction, better known
as ‘Indian feng shui’. He is a student of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra
Master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai, India. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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.

Purging pollution


pollutants waste and effluent are endangering humans, animals, and plant life
around the world. Evidently, in the coming years laws governing
pollution-causing industries will become more and more stringent and are likely
to be strictly enforced. Save our planet is the cry of all human beings and
eco-friendly solutions are much in

Interestingly, Vaastu also
offers practical solutions to solve the problems of such pollution.


Once the big industrial houses
are convinced that their investments in pollution control measures as per Vaastu
guidelines pays good dividends they will readily implement the pollution
prevention measures. Locating pollution control systems in the water zone, which
is northeast, north or eastern side, can profitably recycle the polluted water
released by any industrial unit. The purified water can be used for irrigation
by creating natural water ponds in north or east. The prosperity of an
industrial unit will be corresponding more if the water storage area is bigger
and deeper in these

This simple
principal of nature severs the industries and society eminently. The investments
in pollution control plant and equipment can be recovered easily in this way.
The earth removed in locating pollution control equipments should be totally
carried and dumped in southwest to strengthen it before starting the
construction actively in the project. This will facilitate completion of the
projects without problems.

factory had more open space on the west side at a lower level. This area was
earmarked for an orchard with the water released after purification. The
low-lying area on the west side with water proved to be fatal to this
manufacturing unit. Similar fate can follow if a unit has more open space on the
south side with water bodies. Entrepreneurs can avoid such mistakes by locating
the main building on the southwest and water purifying and utilizing activities
on the north and east. Yes there are times when this is not possible
that’s when remedies without structural chances are

Incineration of
waste material should be done in south-east quadrant of the site. Burning of
waste material in the southeast activate the cardinal element, fire and improves
the financial health of a unit. Boilers housed in large structures should be
located very close to the processing areas keeping the entire space on the east
open to the sky.

the depleting water levels all over the country, rainwater harvesting is getting
popular. If this is done in the northeast quadrant, it will not be an
eco-friendly measure but will boost the ground water level. Most importantly, it
will enrich the cash flow.

would not be wrong to mention that a water body in the northeast of any
manufacturing unit will have a strong influence in promoting cordial
relationship between the management and the workers plus amongst themselves.
Everything mentioned above is possible at the time of new construction but for
existing units very often it is realized that the water storage is not in the
right quadrant, if it is possible to relocate the water body or have an
additional one in the northeast do give it a serious consideration, in the event
that is proving to be too expensive there is no need to worry as effect of wrong
location of such features or incorrect placement of other equipments can now be
negated to a very large extent with the use of energy shields and reflectors

Another critical feature
found prevalent in most industrial units is the presence of very high
electromagnetic radiations, which is essentially due to poor electrical circuits
or the presence of HT wires hanging across the compound. Adequate care must be
taken to reduce their intensity as it can have far reaching consequences on the
health of the company as well as the employees.As a first step to wean off the
ill effect of such radiations please reinforce the earthing terminal of your
factory, use lead wire instead of copper or

writer is principal, Institute of Vaastu kala. He can be contacted at

[email protected]

Of deities and directions

READERS frequently ask if Vasthu Sastra is a religious discipline. In
reality, Vasthu Sastra is an ancient system for managing the flow of
universal energy. It is not associated with any particular religion.

However, religious aspects can come into play if, for instance, a Hindu
performs a sacrament to energise the space in which he or she lives.

But the sacrament itself has got nothing to with the science of
orientation. Prayers – of any faith – can indeed be conducted to remove
dull, stagnant energies and improve vibrations, but they will have no
effect if the space has not already been oriented correctly.

The symbolic protectors

I think the question about Vasthu Sastra’s religious connection comes
up because of the way it is practised in India. There, Hindus consider
deities as symbolic “protectors” of different directions.

While the ancient scriptures, the Upanishads and Puranas,
differ in which deities rule which direction, the practice in India
currently is to associate the following deities and planets with these

·North comes under the protection of Kubera, the god of wealth; Jupiter governs this quadrant. Good place for: bedroom, living room and study.

·South comes under the protection of Yama, lord of life and death; Mars governs this quadrant. Good place for: bedroom, bathroom, storeroom, staircase.

·East comes under the protection of Indra, lord of rebirth; Venus governs this quadrant. Good place for: children’s bedroom and study.

·West comes under the protection of Varuna, god of water; Saturn governs this quadrant. Good place for: children’s bedroom, living and dining room.

·North-east comes under the protection of Esanyan, lord of intellect; Mercury governs this quadrant. Good place for: prayer, study and meditation rooms.

·North-west comes under the protection of Vayu, lord of the wind; Kethu (the dragon’s tail) governs this quadrant. Good place for: children’s bedroom, guest bedroom, dining room and kitchen in houses facing south.

·South-east comes under the protection of Agni, lord of fire; the Moon governs this quadrant. Good place for: guest bedroom and kitchen in houses facing north.

·South-west comes under the protection of Niruthi, lord of fame and wealth; Rahu (the dragon head) governs this quadrant. Good place for: the bedroom of a couple or the breadwinner.

·The Centre comes under the protection of Brahma, the creator; the Sun governs this quadrant. Good place for: a courtyard or air well. As this is the weakest point in any space, it is best kept free of any weight.

Benefits of rituals

There are several types of rituals that can be performed to remove
unholy spirits from a house and to bestow upon the residents health,
wealth, contentment, spiritual blessings, and peace of mind.

Performed by a qualified priest, such ceremonies aim to permeate the
space within a property with positive and divine energies.

The Sun is the main source of energy, and fire is said to be a
representation of the Sun’s energy. This is why a fireplace is created
when enacting these rituals – its energy is harnessed to destroy any
negative entities in the environment so that positive energy can enter
the space.

Among the rituals known as homam are the:

·Shri Maha Lakshmi homam (prayer to the lord of prosperity) that is
performed to increase the wealth of those involved in business and
those experiencing financial problems.

·Sudarshana homam (prayer for wellness) that is conducted to attain purity of thought, and well-being.

·Lakshmi Kubera homam (prayer to appease the king of wealth) that is
one of the most powerful prayers used; it dispels curses on the
occupant, or any obstacles placed in his or her path. It also bestows
prosperity and is thought to encourage a faster recovery of what is
owed to the occupant.

Deepavali advice on air

The columnist will give tips on how to enhance Deepavali celebrations in a house on TV3’s Malaysia Hari Ini programme on Nov 1 (Deepavali Day) at 7.30am.

Among the topics that will be covered during the live show are ways of
preparing the house that will invite the goddess of fortune to bless
the property.

Also, methods of removing impurities and improving positive energy flow
will be explained along with the proper do’s and don’ts on the
auspicious day.

The columnist will also give a talk on the science of Vasthu Sastra, meditation and spirituality on Nov 26 at 7pm in Penang.

For details contact Aravin Rajappa at 012-345 6132.

Another talk will be held on Dec 11 at 7pm in Kuantan.

For details, contact Ravi at 012-987 3831.


  • T.
    Selva, The Star’s Maritime Editor, has spent years researching this
    ancient Indian science of construction, better known as ‘Indian feng
    shui’. He is a student of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra Master Yuvaraj
    Sowma from Chennai, India. He can be contacted at [email protected].
    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.


A temple dedicated to the arts


Trisshur Pooram festival attracts lakhs of people to Trisshur every
year. Harish Halemane visits the temple which is famous among not only
pilgrims, but also theatre-lovers.

Kerala is now better known as ‘God’s own country’. It has a rich
cultural background. Some art forms like Kathakkali, Koodiyattam,
Thiruvadirakkali, Krishnanattam etc. are performed in the theatres of
Kerala till now. Trisshur Pooram is the biggest temple festival of
Kerala. It is held in the month of April or May every year.

Come, let’s see the temple where the famous Pooram is held and discover the peculiarities of this temple.

Shri Vadakkunathan Temple is the temple where Trisshur Pooram is
held every year. It is situated on a small hillock in the middle of
Trisshur city. It is the main landmark of Trisshur city. It has four
gopurams facing to the four directions. You can enter the temple
through the western gopuram where a big deepastambham can be seen.

temple compound is spread about 10 acres. There is a saying that
Parashurama, a saint and incarnation of Lord Vishnu, built this temple.
Also, Adi Shankaracharya lived his last days here.

Entering the temple compound, you can see a number of trees that
are used in Ayurvedic medicine around the main temple premises. Ashoka,
ashwattha, peepul, amla, neem, mango, parijatha, to name a few. Like
other temples in Kerala, entry is prohibited to non-Hindus here as
well. Men have to be dressed in vellamundu or white dhoti with a shawl
to cover their upper body to enter the temple. Ladies have to wear

The temple compound has a kootthambalam where some art forms
mentioned above are performed frequently. This kootthambalam has unique
Vaasthu style with copper plates on the roof. Chakyarkootthu and
Krishnanattam are famous and vanishing theatre arts and are played here
in the kootthambalam every week. Usually, these theatre forms are
performed at night. Photography of such plays is prohibited.

The inner compound of the temple has five temples for Shiva,
Parvathi, Ganapathi, Shri Rama, and Shankaranarayana. Here, Lord Shiva
is worshiped as Vadakkunathan. Pure ghee and Kadali bananas are offered
as naivedyam. Ghee is poured over the shivalinga for abhishekam every
day. The ghee poured becomes solid and remains there for about a year.
Amazingly, the ghee mound does not melt over the year. It is only taken
out once a year to distribute as prasadam.

This ghee prasadam is believed to cure many diseases. There is a wooden idol of Parvathi facing east.

The Goddess is believed to give blessings to couples before their
marriage. Saris and other ornaments are kept before Goddess Parvathi
for her blessings. All deities inside the compound except Goddess
Parvathi face west. The design of the inner compound of the temple is
called nalambalam. In this nalambalam, we can see through a small
triangular hole into the temple. By peeping through this aperture, we
can see the taligakkudam or kalashams of the temple. It is believed
that seeing through this hole gives punyam equivalent to visit Kashi
and Rameshwaram.

There is a stone piece called Vyasashila under an ashwattha tree to
the north-east of the temple. It is believed that writing Hari Shri
Ganapathaye Namah on this stone piece brings good fortune.

The main attraction of Trisshur temple is the Trisshur Pooram held
every year in April. This famous festival attracts lakhs of people to
Trisshur. Actually, Pooram is not directly associated with the deities
of this temple. During the eight days of this festival, any special
poojas are not offered to the deities. This festival is connected with
two temples of Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu near Trisshur. About 100
elephants decorated with golden masks march through the Thekkinkadu
ground around Vadakkunathan temple.

The procession of decorated elephants and rhythmic beats of chenda
and taalam along with the shankham mesmerise visitors. People from many
foreign countries come to see this grand festival of Kerala.

At the end of the festival, fireworks start and continue for about five hours.

‘Vaastu must not be misinterpreted’

KATHMANDU, Oct. 24: In the present age of modernisation and the new
construction style of buildings and houses, the trend of consulting
Vaastu Shastri (consultant) have started for better health, wealth,
peace and prosperity.

Vaastu is a vedic architecture system based on five elements
earth, water, fire, air and sky and the balancing the five elements to
make a house auspicious, said Vaastu consultant Naresh Singal of Delhi,
who is here in Kathmandu to hold a week – ‘Free Vaastu Awareness

The Delhi-based Singal of Vedic Vaastu Vision would introduce
the scientific base of Vaastu, its relationship with astrology, its
implications in the present structure for flats, plots, shops and
factory, support children in their studies, getting relief from mental
tensions and stress, and its advantages in the human life.

At a press meet Singal said that Vaastu is only applied once
then maintenance are only conducted. “Vaastu must not be misinterpreted
for solving all the problems in life, its impact in life is only 20 per
cent the others are Work- 50 per cent and Fate/Destination – 30 per
cent,” said he.

He said that there are ten directions in Vaastu – North, East,
West, South, North-east, South-east, North-west, South-west, land and
sky, and knowledge about them was very necessary while constructing
houses and buildings. According to Singal, worship-places are preferred
in North-east and if that is not possible one should go for north or
east. For bedroom for the head of the family, South-west direction is
the best place and for kitchen South-east is preferred and toilet in
the south direction, he said.

He said that drawing room should be made in North-west
direction and pictures depicting wars, crime, sorrow should not be
placed there. Likewise, while sleeping, head should be towards south,
he said.