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Feng Shui / Vastu

The principles of Chinese Architecture are known as feng – Shui and presently, these principles of Chinese Architecture is widely accepted and followed by millions of people worldwide. These principles are fundamental in Chinese lifestyle. They govern the entire life of an individual. These principles are based on two opposite forces known as Yin and Yang energy. These are considered masculine and feminine energies respectively. Somebody believes it to be positive and negative forces interplaying and omnipresent in the entire cosmos. An optimum level of yin and yang energies is crucial for better functioning of an organism. If there is any imbalance between the two, a state of chiasm and anarchy occurs that lead towards entire destruction of the nature. Chinese people see these principles invincible laws of nature. Yin and Yang resembles Prakriti and Purush concept of Indian philosophy. Any imbalance between Prakriti and Purush lead towards Vikriti (malfunction) and balanced state is known as Sanskriti (culture). They are not merely a science of construction while it deals a lot about construction of a house, a building, a bridge, a colony, a room even a chair and a table. Feng shui presents a list of different articles that were found useful for attracting harmony in a house or in a factory.Healthprose pharmacy

Various Feng – Shui principles are closely related with its Indian counterpart, therefore it shouldn’t be considered foreign. Now, we can say with surety that ancient Chinese culture were closely related with Indian culture therefore our combined culture saw many up and downs together. Chinese people saw the dangers of invasion and they instantly closed their boundaries for outsiders but the knowledge of Vedas and tantra travelled freely and with the expansion of Buddhism in China, Chinese people came in contact with our ideology, they adopted it, they followed it, they modified it and now they are propagating these ideal in entire world.

Chinese use term ‘chi’ for life. Chi is like air of the soul or the life energy of this cosmos. It resembles Indian Prana, Islamic Rooh, Christian Spirit and Greek Pneuma. Chinese divide this chi into two parts – a living Chi represents force, energy, hope, will, power, light and white color and goodness. Non living or dead Chi represents negativity, despair, death, destruction, idleness, darkness, absence of wisdom and black color. Living Chi is called Yang and dead Chi is called Yin.

Principles of Feng – Shui is based on the principle of 8 Trigram. Trigram is an octagonal image made from a group of three broken and unbroken lines placed into the Pakua (Chinese term for a frame). There are many variants of Pakua or Bagua.


Role of Main Gate in Feng Shui  –

In Chinese Vastu the main gate or the entrance to a building plays its crucial role in controlling yin and yang energies. The direction of entrance in any house plays major role in the prosperity of its habitants. The place for a house should be determined cautiously and so the building of the house. There should be a cooperative environment inside and outside the house. Chinese people build their entrance facing the south direction, it is non ominous in India, here nobody built his/her main gate into the south direction (taking apart some special cases). Some Chinese people don’t like to build their main gate into north – east and south – west direction because they consider that devil lives in these directions. This principle of Chinese vastu is quite contrary to Indian vastu. In our opinion every person must follow the principles of his own culture when it is contrary to the principles of his own land and until it is supporting the basic tenets of his cultural values. Indian Vastu as well as Chinese system of Feng – Shui both gives utmost importance to the horoscope of house holder. The direction of main gate is selected after a careful and detailed analysis of planetary combination of horoscope. As we decorate our main gate and gives it more importance than other parts of the house, Chinese too. We pay special attention to the main gate of the house during any cultural or important life event like marriage, promotion, entering to the new house etc. we fell festivity and decorate the main gate from mango or ashoka leaves, apply paint, make rangolis, offer aarati etc. we always place a sculpture of Ganesha directly above our main gate. Some learned people draw or paint swastika here. Likewise, Chinese use ‘Lo – Shu’ Or ‘Laughing Buddha’ to decorate their houses. Strangely, lo – shu is nothing but an imitation of an indian yantra. It is called pandrahiya yantra or panchdashi yantra and it is very powerful spiritual armor according to Indian Tantra. In lo - shu nine digits from one to nine are placed in a way that their additions from all sides bring 15. <page brack>

Effect of colors –

Color influences the mood of a person. Either it orients or disorients the required energies for a particular task. Color is mainly derived from sun light and minerals and we know how important these two things are? The sun light is made from 7 colors, this is called spectrum and our visible spectrum ranges from 360 nanometers to 760 nanometers. Sunlight conveys ultraviolet and infrared frequencies too but our visible spectrum doesn’t allow us to see the colors of these rays. However, colors influence the entire functioning of mankind. The use and importance of colors in Indian and Chinese vastu is given below –

(1)   Blue color – It represents detachment and gives peace to the mind. Person feels easy in the room where walls are painted in this color. Though, it is unpleasant to the eyes in the beginning but when eyes becomes accustomed of this color, it feels nice to the person and other colors lost their charm in front of this color. It is not suitable for Aries, Leo, and Scorpio. It is beneficial for Capricorn and Aquarius. Taurus and Libran people may also use this color in their drawing room.    

(2)   Red color – It enhances enthusiasm, happiness and valor. It gives concentration of the mind. It is not advised for Capricorn and Aquarius people. Even Virgo people should also avoid it. It is most beneficial for Aries, Cancer, Leo and Scorpio. Sagittarian may also use it in their house.

(3)   White color – It represents peace in the family and the surroundings. This color never vanishes over time. It is more customary than any other color. Virgo, Cancer and Libran people like this color very much and this is only suitable for them.

(4)   Green color – It gives feeling of fertility and freshness. It reduces stress and enhances harmony among multiple conflicting ideas. It is soothing to the eyes as well but it is not suitable for Aries, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces. It is beneficial for Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn peoples.

(5)   Lemon yellow color – This color feels loving to the eyes, it also reflects larger amount of light so the room painted by this color looks magnificent but it is not suitable for Taurus, Leo and Libran people on the other hand it is beneficial for Aries, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Pisces.

(6)   Orange color – It symbolizes energy and enthusiasm. Person who lives or stay for a moment in the room painted by this color feels motivated and get ready for his work without boredom and detachment. It is a mixture of Red and yellow color. This is a color of spiritual connectedness. This is a color of rising sun. This color is a mood setter for difficult and monotonous tasks but it is not suitable for Capricorn and Aquarian people. People having other signs except these two can get benefits by using this color in their rooms. It should be avoided in bedrooms too.

(7)   Grey color – It represents gravity of thought and action. It represents seriousness. People having malefic Rahu in their horoscopes must use this color in their living room. It is most beneficial for Capricorn and Aquarian people.

(8)   Sky blue shade – It is a symbol of infinity. It is soothing to the eyes. It removes tiredness and gives pleasure of mind. It should be avoided by Leo, Sagittarius, and Pisces people. It is most suitable for Libran and Taurus people. A person having Cancer in his ascendant may also use it.

(9)   Almond color – You can find this color by mixing yellow with grey. Since it is near to the nature therefore it generates freshness and joy. It should be avoided by Aries, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Pisces people. It is beneficial for Gemini and Virgo sign.

(10)  Pink color – It symbolizes love, charm and affection. It is also soothing to the eyes. Capricorn and Aquarians should avoid it. It is most beneficial for Aries, Leo, and Scorpio peoples. Person having Cancer and Sagittarius in their ascendants may also use it.

(11)  Black color – Traditionally this color is not used anywhere in house because it is considered unlucky and wrathful in our culture and other cultures as well. In our opinion it should be avoided because it is a symbol of dark energy that promotes negativity and complete detachment from external world. However, it is good for Kundalini awakening and other Tantric practices.

(12) Violet color – It is somewhat near to black color therefore it is also not used anywhere in the house. It is helpful in minimizing arthritic and accidental pains. It also influences Asthma and Insomnia patients in the positive way and remove the disorder rapidly.
 

Some other properties and uses of color

 

(A)Selection of color for office –

 
Serial No.
Profession
Beneficial color
(1)
Commission Agent
Slate color, Black or deep Green shades.
(2)
Architect
Green or blue color.
 
(3)
Banking and finance personnel
White, Blue, Green or Yellow shades.
(4)
Beauty Parlor or beauty products
Black, White or Multi colored
(5)
Builders
Black, Green or White color.
(6)
Chartered Accountant
White or Yellow color.
(7)
Computer Institute

Light Blue, Green or any other color that the owner wishes.

(8)
Doctors

White or Light Green, Blue, Light Yellow or Pink color.

(9)
Lawyer

Black, White, Yellow, Blue or Green color.

(10)
Commercial Institute
Green Color.


 

(B) Selection of Colors for Shops -    

            

     

Serial No.
Shop
Beneficial Colors
(1)
Television and Tape recorder

White, Pink, Light Blue, Light Green, Light Yellow, or Red color.

(2)
Book Shop
Green, Blue or Yellow color
(3)
Greeting Card

Light Green, Light Blue, Grayish, Pink or White color.

(4)
Children Utilities

Pink, Light Green, Light Yellow, White or Multi colored.

(5)
Electronic items

Pink, Light Green, Light Blue, or White color.

(6)
General Merchants
Light green, Pink or White color.
(7)
Jewelries
Any other color except Yellow.
(8)
Medical Shop (Drug and equipments)
Light Blue or Pink color.
(9)
Readymade Garments
Blue, Green or any other shining shades.
(10)
Shoe Shop
Black, Grey, Red or White color.
 

 
         Other (psychological and spiritual) effects of different colors –

(1)   Red – Red comes last in the order of spectrum. It is highest in the frequency and longest in the wavelength. It is detected easily than any other color and it is more intense to the eyes. Therefore it is used as a signal of danger or halt. It influences the circulatory system and red blood cells. It is the color of enthusiasm, it is the color of anger, it is the color of shame and it is the color of confidence. In short, it is the color of force, vitality, vigor and action. Psychologically, it is associated with intense sexuality, thus it can stimulate passion. Using red in daily activity increases physical energy, vitality, stamina, grounding, spontaneity, stability and passion. Like other colors of the spectrum it has many positive and negative effects –

(a)    Positive effects of Red color – Using red in routine work or preferring red over other colors enhances Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, 'fight or flight', stimulation, masculinity and excitement.

(b)   Negative effects of Red colors – The overuse (overexposure) of red color may lead to Defiance, aggression, visual impact and strain.

(2)   Orange – Orange is a mixing of yellow and red color in a definite proportion. It has physical effects of red color and mental aspects of yellow. It assists in recovery from grief and sadness. It has somewhat soothing effects on over nervous system. Since it is found by mixing yellow to red therefore it has more balanced energy than red color. This is a healer and helper color for sexual and digestive problems. Psychologically it is a color of creativity. The users of orange tend to be happy, optimistic and their solution oriented behavior removes their problems easily. They never take anything by heart. In other words, they seem to be easygoing, cheerful and joyous. Following are the positive and negative effects of orange –

(a)    Positive effects of orange color – using orange in a preferred way makes an individual sociable, optimistic, enthusiastic, cheerful, self-confident, independent, flamboyant, extroverted and uninhibited, adventurous, the risk-taker, creative flair, warm-hearted, agreeable and informal.

(b)   Negative effects of orange color – an overdose of orange color may instill in individual following demerits - superficial and insincere, dependent, over-bearing, self-indulgent, the exhibitionist, pessimistic, inexpensive, unsociable, and overly proud attitudes.

(3)   Yellow – yellow represents wit, wisdom, information, memory and intellects. It boosts originality and reproduction. It enhances the hunger of knowledge. Color yellow loves taking challenges particularly a mental one. Yellow is the greatest communicator of all colors. Hence, a person wearing yellow garments may seem to others as talkative. It is beneficial for journalists and networkers because their work depends on effective communication and yellow do the task well. Yellow activate left hemisphere of the brain that is responsible for analysis and linguistic abilities. It is related with expression and integration of new ideas. Yellow helps in decision making as it relates to clarity of thought and vivid ideas. In Hindu way of life yellow color is ascribed to Lord Vishnu and Brihaspati. It is the most favorite color of Goddess Saraswati and it is associated with celibacy. That’s why the Batukas (students of Vedas) wear yellow Dhoti and yellow Kurta. Like other colors yellow color is also connected with some merits and demerits in the following way –

(a)    Positive effects of yellow color – proper use of yellow color in daily life enhances optimism, cheerfulness, enthusiasm, fun, good-humored, confidence, originality, creativity, challenging, academic and analytical, wisdom and logic.

(b)   Negative effects of yellow color – Overuse of yellow color may lead to following demerits in the life of a person. Being critical and judgmental, being overly analytical, being impatient and impulsive, being egotistical, pessimistic, inferiority complex, spiteful, cowardly, deceitful, non-emotional and lacking compassion.

(4)   Green – Green is a combination of yellow and blue colors therefore it has qualities of both colors. It has the clarity of thought and optimism that is a property of yellow color along with emotional calm and insight gained from blue color. It is a great balancing color that establishes equilibrium between the head and the heart of an individual. It is a color of growth, prosperity, development, richness, beauty, harmony, renewal and rebirth. It is an emotionally positive color that gives us plenty of opportunity to observe and enact many things. It removes stress and gives the feeling of wellness into the user of this color. With a strong sense of right and wrong it is a color of judgment. It is sacred in Islam and all Islamic flag comes with green color. It promotes the love of nature, friends, family, nation, language, society, culture, pets and home. It relates with stability and endurance and gives us the required strength to cope with challenging environment. It enhances material pleasures and helps in satisfying worldly needs and necessities. Astrologically green is associated with mercury that is a karka (factor) of linguistic abilities, arithmetical reasoning and wit. Following are the positive and negative traits associated with green color –
(a)   Positive side of green color - Growth and vitality, renewal and restoration, self-reliance, reliability and dependability, being tactful, emotionally balanced and calm, nature lover and family oriented, practical and down to earth, sympathetic, compassionate and nurturing, generous, kind and loyal with a high moral sense, adaptable, encourages 'social joining' of clubs and other groups, a need to belong.
(b) Negative effects of green color – Overuse of green in daily activities instill following negative traits in an individual - being possessive and materialistic, indifferent and over-cautious, envious, selfish, greedy and miserly, devious with money, inconsiderate, a hypochondriac and a do-gooder.

(5)   Blue – blue comes in four distinct shades  -

(1) pale blue

(2) sky blue 

 

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