WHAT IS FENGSHUI?
Feng shui is also popularly known as Chinese astrology, is about 5000 years old or so. Fengshui is the mystic Chinese art based on Tao principles. It creates balance and harmony in our personal environment. Our source of divine energy is earth and heaven. Its use enrich us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It creates a balance of energies. Harmonious environment energy helps to bring out our best and fulfill our desires and dreams. There are twelve animals of Chinese Zodiac viz. Rat, ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar. Each corresponds a direction in the compass.
As we all know that modern scientific theory says that, everything is made up of energy, which is constantly in motion. So is Fengshui. It is an art as well as science of placing the things by understanding the direction of flow of this energy in the space where we live and work. While doing so, it can help us to overcome the negative or stuck energy and enhances the positive energy which is beneficial to us.
HOW FENGSHUI IS DIFFERENT FROM VASTU?
Fengshui is basically a popular interior design system from China that is literally translated as "wind and water. Vastu and feng shui are two different ways to see and organize spaces and energy.
We see that Vastu is both spiritually and scientifically based and universally applicable. Vastu is more deep in its effects than Fengshui. They both have great divergences regarding the map of a house or a space. Vastu works with the subtle laws of nature that govern creation. As different from Fengshui, Vastu also aligns buildings with universal energies: the five elements, beneficial earth energies, and cosmic forces.
The aim of Feng shui is to bring maximum harmony with the nature. When this is achieved, it gives good health, financial prosperity and happiness to those residing inside that house/ flat/ apartment / offices etc. In Fengshui only energy is shifted in order to achieve the things mentioned above and bring balance in the environment.
BEST DIRECTION OF A HOUSE.
As per fengshui the best direction for constructing the house is South as sun rays enters through this direction. But in India people often get confused that which is the best direction because as per vastu North and east directions are considered best. So they feel that they should not follow fengshui as it originated in China. But in China the sun rays enters the house through south direction so they follow the principals of fengshui and so consider south as the best direction. People of India should follow fenghui keeping in mind that the best direction for them is North . They should not get confused. As Vastu and Fengshui both aim at bringing harmony and peace and balancing the positive and negative energies. Thus they both are not contradictory, rather they are compensatory to each other. Thus we must see the direction of the sun and then build our houses accordingly.
CHINESE NEW YEAR - 26TH jAN 2009
This year the Chinese New year begins from 26 th Jan 2009. This is an year of the OX and theelement is water. The Chinese New Year is celebrated as the symbol of springs celebration. It iscelebrated after the fall harvest and before the spring planting season. It varies every year. For determining the date of the new year some astrological calculations are taken into account. Also, The date of the new moon is taken as the first day of the new year. There are 12 animals of Chinese Zodiac viz. Rat, Ox ,Tiger,Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat/Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig/Boar. Each corresponds a direction in the compass. This year 2009 Is Ox year. Those born in this year are reliable, logical and trust worthy, but have low public relation skills. They are at times stubborn too. As ox is slow therefore this year the work progress will be slow. The element being water is not very compatible with Ox therefore people will face problems this year. But this year in general will be better then the last year.
Planets & Stones
It is related with Heart, Feminine gender, white color, watery; is the master of the west direction, mentality, government, property, parents, yellow fever, constipation, water related diseases, urine related diseases, mental troubles, feminine diseases, useless wandering, stomach and wind. It is strong on the fourth house
Diamond is representative gem of the Venus. It is known by various names such as Heera, Heerak, Vajrak, Manivar, etc. it is called the king of gems, because it is the most precious and rare gem. It is the hardest gem and due to its hardness it is used in glass cutting. Diamond is often found in coal mines. As per its physical composition it is a crystal coke and is blended with no other substance. On burning, it fully evaporates after turning into carbon di-oxide gas. Besides, it is also found in river basins and other places. In India diamond is found in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, and Gujarat. Abroad it is found in Brazil, South Africa, Belgium and Rhodesia.
This is not a costly stone is related with the Moon. It is a transparent of light milky color and beneficial for abdomen and water related diseases. It enthuses mentality and begets success in love.
Hessonite is a representative gem of the Dragons head. It is called by various names e.g. Gomedh, Rahu Ratna, Gomedak in Hindi and zircon in English. Its color is a little blackish red or of the color of the cows urine. Scriptures prescribe it for curing the Dragons head related faults. It takes birth in cynite rocks. From chemistry point of view, it is a silicate of zirconium. It is not a costly gem, therefore, is available easily. Its attractive color and attributes have enabled it to be placed in the list of nine gems. In India it is found in Kashmir, Kullu, Shimla, Bihar and orrisa. Abroad it is found in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Sri Lankan hessonite is considered to be the best. The use of this stone increases creativity and good use of the imagination. It may also serve to increase the level of self confidence and reduce the propensity to be fearful. It can also increase the awareness of person’s subtle senses and increase ambition, which may be for spiritual advancement.