Creating a Harmonious Environment


Does directions of living room,bedrooms,kitchen, toilets & bathroom in a house matters i mean if they are not according to "Vastu" than can bring misfortune,eventhough it is beautiful,clean & neat,airy and proper ventilated and people staying there are spritually uplifted worshipped daily masters and living very disciplined & orderly life.

Does masters have ever advocated while building their hermitage.In a city like bombay space is constrained and with limited meincome you need to compro

—Bhushan, India


Dear Bhushan

If you are sensitive, you will notice some living spaces, for no apparent reason, feel calmer, more pleasant and inviting. There is a feeling of lightness about them.

Others can be the opposite – confining, unrelaxed or dull, perhaps with a feeling of heaviness as if something is out of place. The arrangement of living spaces, their colors, the placement of furniture and how buildings are oriented with regard to the surrounding environment have a subtle effect upon our consciousness.

From long experience, some cultures have noted basic principles underlie the arrangement of spaces and have formulated them into architectural sciences such as “Vastu” in India and “Feng Shui” in China.

Most good architects have an intuitive sense for what constitutes a harmonious arrangement of space and use this to the occupants advantage, even though they may not know the formal rules of such disciplines.

For laymen, understanding the basic principles of Vastu and Feng Shui can be a useful beginning step to arranging their own homes, but it’s not necessary to make a “religion” of these sciences.

Understand the principles of good design and apply them in a common sense fashion according to your situation, but let your final decision be based upon how your living space feels to you from your personal experience.

Develop your own intuitive sense rather than following a rulebook without question. Does your space feel harmonious? Is it calming and/or uplifting? How does it affect others? Do you like it? Your own sense of well being should be the final judge.

Remember that architectural sciences can be helpful guides but should not be allowed to rule over you as a superstition. For example, Paramhansa Yogananda advised us to orient altars in our temples so that we face east and to sit facing in that direction, if possible, when we meditate.

However, he often set this advice aside when it was inconvenient as you can see in some of the temples he established.

The important point is to meditate and love God, whichever direction you face. So too with the arrangement of our homes. Sometimes we have little choice in our living space. In that case, make the best of it and let it be.

You can do wonderful things simply with paint and furnishings. Remove clutter and add tasteful decoration. Incorporate plants and improve the landscape outside windows if possible.

Make a happy home by filling it with cheer, love and devotion. You and visitors will feel this above everything else.

Best regards,

Nayaswami Jaya Helin