February 2018 Edition

Editorial, Feb 2018

Greetings from Vaastuyogam! This month, we have published a story on the architectural brilliance of the London City. Founded by Romans, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. London is split into 5 parts namely Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire which today makes up Greater London, a region governed by the Mayor of London and London Assembly.

The city of London is great mainly because (i) The Britishers are very meticulous in formulating town and city planning and (ii) They have a great understanding of classical, gothic, and modern architecture.

Founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971 as a local coffee bean retailer, Starbucks today has evolved as a global coffee giant and the world’s biggest coffeehouse chain, comprising of approximately 23,768 stores in 62 countries as of November 2016. From Vaastu angle, Starbucks started their journey with brown coloured logo.

Their logo has a feminine character from the very beginning which they have kept improvising with time. The logo today is simpler than before. They have used two basic colours – Green and White which are diametrically opposite in terms of planetary combinations. Green (Mercury) is the colour for knowledge which is related to coffee whereas the white colour is about space, thinking, openness, and ideas.

Located just east of the Roman Forum, the massive stone amphitheatre known as the Colosseum was commissioned around A.D. 70-72 by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty as a gift to the Roman people. Rome’s great gladiatorial arena is the most thrilling of the city’s ancient sights. Inaugurated in AD 80, the 50,000-seat Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was clad in travertine and covered by a huge canvas awning held aloft by 240 masts.

VaastuShastra is the science of constructing buildings in harmony with nature. Derived from Sthapatya Veda, this science developed during Vedic times in India. It dates to the pre – Ramayana and Mahabharata periods, with references found in Buddhist literature too. The science of VaastuShastra later developed in the form of FengShui, in countries like Tibet, China and Japan.

Fire helps us destroy the negativity within ourselves. It is said that there is no way or method of removing darkness. It is only by bringing in the light that we can remove darkness. Water is the elixir of life; it rejuvenates, refreshes, energizes, detoxifies, cleans and heals.

In “Ask the Expert” section, I have shared insights to how an aquarium can be helpful to ward off Vaastu shortcomings. Aquarium business emerged in India and went to China which again came back to India through FengShui. Vaastu promotes waterbodies in East, North, and North East directions to keep it lighter. North always indicates well-lit (visible) light, whereas wind is invisible but can be felt, and so is water.

Happy Reading!