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October 2009
There's Wealth in Vaastu
Nutan Sehgal
For most Indians, Diwali is the time to celebrate and also seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth, health and beauty.

Lord Kuber (the treasurer of the gods), considered to be the deity of happiness, opulence, prosperity and wealth, is also worshipped at this festival of lights. Because of his association with wealth, Lord Kuber has a great significance in vaastu, the ancient Indian science of architecture. Vaastu says that by paying respectsto the Hindu deity presiding in each direction, one can create positive cosmic energy for the flow of wealth in the house.

Northern Light
Since Kuber is the reigning deity of the North, it is imperative to light up this side of the house. The illumination should be such that it is more in intensity than that in the South and West directions.

Lord of the East
Though the Northern direction should be most brightly illuminated, it is beneficial to light up the Eastern direction as well. The East is governed by Lord Indra, the king of gods who is considered the source of all affluence, wealth and other material gains. He is considered the giver and the great benefactor. So by lighting up the East, one is ensuring wealth from both the Northern and Eastern directions.

Temple of Good Fortune
It pays rich dividends - quite literally — to have a temple in the North-Eastern direction of the house or office. Make sure the temple has the pictures or statuettes of Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Indra and Kuber. The science of vaastu says that these three gods will ensure perpetual creation of wealth and prosperity in the household or office.

Storing Valuables
Vaastu believers claim that if money and other valuables are kept in a cupboard which is in the North or East of the house, there will be great prosperity in the household. Both Lord Indra and Lord Kuber, the rulers of the Eastern and Northern direction respectively, are supposed to grant wealth and all comforts of life to people who abide by this belief.

Reflections in a Mirror
To make wealth grow manifold, a mirror should be placed in front of the cupboard where money and valuables are kept. This reflection will ensure that the wealth will keep doubling! However, vaastu warns that the cupboard should not face an exit door as it signifies the flight of capital.

The Colour Purple
Purple represents wealth in vaastu, and in order to create it, one should have a money plant in the house, in a purple pot. Alternatively, one could paint the walls of the room purple where money and valuables are usually stored.

Clocks and Taps
There are certain no-no's to be observed for prosperity. Ignoring these could mean poverty and destitution. For one, there should be no leaking taps in the house as that signifies drainage of wealth from the house. There should also be no clocks or watches that do not work. A clock that does not tick signifies that the finances are coming to a standstill, according to the ancient vaastu science. So, if there are leaky taps or halted clocks get them repaired immediately.

Doors and Windows
Windows can bring in positive energy from outside. So keep them open as much as possible as they bring in fresh air - which signifies the flow of wealth in the house. But unlike windows, keep the main door closed most of the time. An open main door means the outflow of money.

Hidden Tools
All cleaning gadgets and tools like the vacuum cleaner, brooms, mops, wipes and swabs should be kept in a closed storage space and should be out of sight. Cleaning tools means sweeping stuff out of the house. They are essential but according to vaastu science, they will sweep away the wealth of the house as well, if left exposed. Vaastu, if followed properly, can usher in plenty of wealth, by the guardian deities of the different directions. So go ahead, say a silent prayer to them and make your home vaastu-compliant.
 
 

    
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