Finding balance through vastu

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Emotional, health and stress problems can be eased if the human body is in balance with cosmic energies, said Prof Dr Ibrahim Ahmad at a forum on Vasthu Sastra organised by MPH Bookstore at 1 Utama in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, recently. The expert in alternative medicine was a panellist (along with this writer) at the forum.

He said it is possible for anyone to receive the benefits as long as his or her body is in harmony with the five elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. This is because these elements are present in our body in the form of our senses: hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell.


Dr Ibrahim, who holds a PhD from the Open International University for Alternative Medicine in Calcutta, said that ancient knowledge like Vasthu Sastra (the science of dwelling) and Ayurveda (the science of longevity) from India are universal sciences that can be followed by anyone to harmonise their surroundings and body.

He said a lack of awareness and understanding has led people to have an incorrect perception of the knowledge, which brings wisdom and goodness to mankind.

“I follow Vasthu Sastra principles, like not rearing fish and not having artificial plants on a property, because doing so will not bring goodness. I freed my five aquariums of flower horn fish after learning about Vasthu Sastra. There is a lot of logic in it because trapping marine lives and animals is sinful.

“I feel a lot happier now and have also orientated my house as per the ancient art of placement,” he said, adding that he also experienced tremendous growth in his business, which he attributes to the positive flow of energy.

Dr Ibrahim, an expert on mind power, said people should understand that energy is subtle and although it is not visible it is important for people to be in tune with positive energies.

“Mind power, for instance, is not just about positive thinking. Once you realise that it is the power of thought – your thoughts and beliefs – that manifests your reality, you will want to pay close attention to the thoughts you are thinking.

“Learning how to use affirmations, visualization and other techniques will aid you in harnessing the power of your subconscious mind,” he said.

Just like the science of Vasthu Sastra, mind power can help an individual develop the personal power that he or she already possesses to achieve success and fulfilment in life.

Dr Ibrahim said Vasthu Sastra is similar to Tajul al Muluk, the Malay version of feng shui, but it is not well known because it has not been promoted widely. There are other similarities, he added; for instance, in building traditional Bugis houses, people refer to a philosophy that is similar to Vasthu’s: ”In the Malay version, a house is compared to a human being too,” he said.

People in different parts of the world have recongnized the influence of the environment on the human being and had accepted the fact that environment and the mental and physical health of the human being was closely related.Once this factor gained recognition efforts were made to create proper environment for the people to enable them lead healthy and happy lives.

While this recognition gave birth to the science of vaastu in India,the same concept led to the birth of Fengshui in China.In the western world the recognition led to the understanding and development of the science of geopathy.

Geo means 'earth' and pathy means 'disease'.The science odf geopathy is therefore the study of the diseases of the earth.One interesting aspect of geopathy was that equal importance was given to both the structure and the radiations underneath the earth which are invisible.

Geopathy recognises that electromagnetic radiations which are cosmic in origin surrounds the globe. The geopathic scientists were of the view that radiation distortions was a natural phenomenon which could make a site unsafe for building any thing over it.These distortions would result in a distorted energy field in a structure if the structure was near or over the distorted point.Geopathists put forth the theory that this could result in unhappy homes,sickness and lack of prosperity.

There are several factors which can contribute to geopathic stress.One is the underground streams which suddenly change course or meet with falls even if they are at great depths from the surface.Dr.Curry of Germany discovered electrically charged lines of natural origin flowing on northeast-southwest and southeast-northwest lines at approximately three meters apart forming a grid which is now known as 'Curry grid'. Dr.Ernst Hartmann,another German scientist discovered charged lines crisscrossing on east-west and north-south directions and where two lines met they formed eother a double positive or double negative junctions.Painstaking studies established that sleeping over these crossed junctions can cause organic diseases including cancer.

Geopathy has made tremendous strides in the past few decades and today geopathic experts are routinely called to analyse 'sick building syndromes'when the effect is not due to adequate ventilation.Modern geopathy recognises several factors which could make a building 'sick'.I want to mention a few of them just to show that vaastu although evolved in a different part of the globe has much in common with geopathy.

DAMPNESS An area which is consistently damp or smells of dampness without any apparent cause is an area of 'negative energy'according to geopathy.Vaastu also holds that one should not build a structure where there is dampness all the time.

DRESSED STONES Geopathists stress that dressed stone strructures are harmful and are unfit for human habitation.Particularly dressed stone buildings as dwellings are not recommended.Dressed stones were used commonly in India in Temple architecture.It is recommended in Vaastu that one should not build his dwelling near a temple.Probably the recognition that dressed stones emit negative energy could be behind this rule.

ANTHILLS Vaastu advocates rejection of plots with anthills.Geopathy also concedes with this observation.Any place where ants build a home has negative grid points and are not advisable.As per geopathy certain measures are to be taken to overcome the negative energy before considering a structure on the plot.Here again we see that the opinion of both schools are complimentary.

BEEHIVES Again Vaastu rejects plots having trees where bee hives exist.Similarly according to vaastu in a existing structure if bees try to form a hive it is considered as ill omen.Geopathy also states that bees favor negative energy field for building a hive and corrective measures to eliminate the negative fields are to be adopted if bees are spotted frequently or if they start working on a hive.

The above examples show that the ancient Indians were well aware of the negative energy fields which exist on plot and gave guide lines to recognise and avoid the effects of such fields

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