Feng Shui Tips for Indian Homes
Feng shui is Chinese counterpart for India’s Vastu Shastra. It is a 3000 year old science comprising of complex knowledge of how to amend and balance the natural forces present around one and convert it into a positive dynamic force which brings in overall peace, good health and good fortune for the people present in it. It thus focuses on harmonizing the human relations with the surrounding nature. Feng shui if translated in English means Wind-water apparently a combination of great importance for bringing good fortune to people.
Historically the concepts of feng shui were used to construct spiritually momentous structures- like tombs. In modern times, it is sort of a mixed science, which incorporates both rational and obsolete thoughts. Obsolete, meaning the superstitions of people.
Earlier techniques of feng shui did not know the invention of magnetic compass, so they used circumpolar stars to decide the North-South axis of settlement. Oldest examples of instruments using such practice would be Shi, Luopan etc.
Polarity is a topic holding grave importance in Feng shui. It gave birth to a theory called yin yang sharing features of a magnetic diapole. Feng shui believes in the five elements of nature that is, earth, fire, water, wood and metal and its role essential in human life. While the motive of Chinese medicine is to balance yin yang in a human body, the polarities when align with these elements create a perfect setting for human existence in complete serenity.
Modern concept on the other hand, revolves around the concept of Bagua. Bagua is a range of eight interrelated trigrams used in Toist cosmology to represent the basic principles of life today. The relationship in between the trigrams is represented in two forms: Primordial- the earlier heaven and Manifested- the later heaven. There are two ways on how it is practiced-
- Aspiration Method:
This comprises of a simple alignment of a specific life aspiration (such as that of a family, work, fame etc) to each of all the eight cardinal directions.
- Black Sect
This deals mainly with the interiors of any building. The concept has a wider ambit including elements of Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, and transcendentalism.
All in all the whole concept of Feng Shui is widely criticized. Not just by Chinese but by other people across the world too. Well for starters its mainly because of the complex principles which are often incomprehensible for a layman; adhering to it is an another difficult task. The logic are often overlapped by lame beliefs which makes people grow a skeptic attitude towards it. Their state of affairs is ludicrous and perplexing. Also, if you follow it wrong they might interfere with the dynamics of the surrounding nature and end up doing more harm than good.
But then there is always a part of the population who chooses to comply with it no matter what. Some strong believers use these theory for healing purposes results of which are often a mystery, hard to decide if its working or not.