The Vaastu Workbook: Using the Subtle Energies of the Indian Art of Placement to Enhance Health, Prosperity, and Happiness in Your Home
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Vaastu is the Indian art of environmental design that helps you design a home in harmony with the surrounding spiritual and natural energies. Using hundreds of clear line drawings, The Vaastu Workbook explores the dos and don'ts of window and door placement, interior design, street focus, directional facing, landscaping, and much more. Introductory chapters provide a thorough grounding in the basics of Indian astrology, the five elements, and the healing tradition of ayurveda. With this knowledge in hand, even a beginner can quickly learn how to design a new home—or renovate an existing one—in order to create peace, prosperity, and happiness.
DESIGN / HINDUISM What makes a house a home, a place of renewal and refuge, a place of balance and peace? It is vaastu, the Indian art of environmental design, a practice that helps you create a home that is in harmony with the natural and spiritual energies surrounding it. Vaastu, like holistic medicine, focuses on addressing underlying issues for the health of the entire system—the people as well as the physical structures and property on which they live. The Vaastu Workbook not only provides the blueprint for a perfect vaastu home but also fully explains the tradition within its Indian context. It presents vaastu as it was meant to be understood—as an interconnected part of the great Indian tradition of sacred knowledge, along with ayurveda, yoga, and vedic astrology. Using more than 140 line illustrations, along with charts for scoring the vaastu of a particular site, The Vaastu Workbook allows you to apply this knowledge to quickly assess the pros and cons of any building situation. The author, who is the director of the foremost vaastu center in India, takes you through every conceivable vaastu situation, exploring the dos and don'ts of window and door placement, interior design, street focus, directional facing, landscaping, and much more, in order to maximize the potential of a given property. He shares his own personal experiences and the circumstances of others to illustrate the power of vaastu in action. Introductory chapters provide a thorough grounding in the basics of Indian astrology, the five elements, and the healing tradition of ayurveda, all of which are necessary to truly understand the importance of angles and quadrants in vaastu. He also discusses the difference between vaastu and feng shui and reviews frequently asked questions about vaastu principles. With this knowledge in hand, even a beginner can quickly learn how to design a new home—or renovate an existing one—in order to bring peace, prosperity, and happiness to those who live there. DR. TALAVANE KRISHNA practiced medicine in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for twenty years before returning to India. He now directs the Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center (IVAC) in Mysore. The center is situated on fifteen acres, with an accompanying eight acres of gardens containing over eight hundred species of medicinal plants. In April 2001, the center was recognized as the Best Global Model in Alternative Medicine—Ayurveda, and the center is now certified for a Ph.D. program in Yoga Ayurveda. Dr. Krishna spends part of each year in the San Diego area with his wife and family. In addition to his work at the IVAC, he gives vaastu consultations and lectures around the world.
interrelationship between the five basic elements and the planetary forces. I found that the interplay between them was the key to all happenings in life, and everything in the world had a direct or indirect relationship that could be traced to these forces. I began to see the connections between the three vedic sciences—ayurveda, vaastu, and jyotish, vedic astrology. So I had arrived at a point in my life where my own experience had convinced me of the valid basis of traditional Indian knowledge
does not cause any ill effects. Figure 63: Northern Northwest extension—not acceptable. It causes bad character, financial losses, estrangement, and divorce. Fig. 64: Western Northwest cut—acceptable Fig. 65: Western Northwest extension—not acceptable Figure 64: Western Northwest cut—acceptable. No untoward effects come of in this situation. Figure 65: Western Northwest extension—not acceptable. It causes an unwarranted bad reputation for the occupant. CHAPTER 11 RECTIFICATION OF
Southwest extension can be corrected by creating a cut in the Southern Southeast, which is suitable, and abandoning the shaded area. Figure 74: An extension in the Western Northwest can be corrected as shown, creating a Western Southwest cut, which is suitable, and abandoning the shaded area. Figure 75: If the Western Southwest is extended, it can be corrected as shown, creating a cut in the Western Northwest, which is suitable, and abandoning the shaded area. Fig. 70: Southwest extension
proposed design, or existing house. However, in more complex situations, especially in doing rectifications for existing properties, you may need further assistance from a vaastu expert. In a majority of cases, small corrections such as rearranging furniture, coordinating colors, or changing a few windows and doors will do the magic. Many extensions and cuts can be easily rectified by small changes to the property, such as the one I suggested to clients whose property had a Southern Southwest
activities of our body and mind are governed by the three principles of vaata, pitta, and kapha. Vaata governs all movements such as breathing and the circulation of all nutrients and waste products in the body. Vaata is mainly composed of the elements ether and air. Pitta—which governs all metabolic activities, the conversion of nutrients into various tissues in the body, and mental comprehension—is mainly composed of the fire and water elements. Kapha—which acts as a binding principle and