THE FIVE GREAT ELEMENTS AND VAASTU- PART 3
Earth is called the blue planet because of the existence of water. Water covers 3/4ths of the earth’s surface as oceans, rivers, lakes and seas. This is the amount of water that can be seen. But water exists in other forms too, as water vapor in the atmosphere, as ice in glaciers and underground as ground water.
Water is the elixir of life; it rejuvenates, refreshes, energizes, detoxifies, cleans and heals. We could not survive without water. Water is as essential as the air we breathe or the food that we eat. It is indispensible for all living beings. We need water for drinking, cooking, washing, bathing, agriculture and generating power.
Water is never still. It flows from one place to the other and is constantly changing forms; solid, liquid and gas. The very first forms of life came from the sea. They evolved as amphibians and came onto the land and after further evolution, beings flew in the sky. This is how life on earth came to be. The oceans inhabit billions of sea-creatures of various kinds. Marine life is beautiful beyond compare with all the different shapes and colors of fish, sea- turtles, corals and plants.
The water cycle is nature’s most effective and efficient recycling mechanism. As we cannot produce water, it being a natural resource, we can only preserve, conserve and protect the supply of water by using and re-using it in an optimum way.
Water gives, provides and cleanses. Water in all its forms, affects the climate, weather, temperature and air pressure all across the earth, forming winds and currents.
Water gives moisture to things and keeps them from drying up. Water can be kept in any container; it takes on the shape and size of the container it is kept in.
When we build a home or building, planning the water storage and supply of water in the kitchen and toilets is really important. There would be underground tanks, overhead tanks, bore-well, plumbing, laying out all the pipes etc.
When a property is planned according to Vaastu, the water element has to be taken care of as a high priority. A water tank in the wrong place could be fatal to a house member. It may result in restlessness, disturbed sleep, accidents, disease, losses, anxiety and even death! Eg: An underground water storage tank should not be placed in the south.
If the water tank is placed in the north as it should, it could result in new vision, ideas, clarity of thoughts, flowing of opportunities, good refreshing sleep, health and high immunity.
Water in our bodies is also present in a high proportion. We need to balance the water element within ourselves as well as keep it balanced in our homes.
When water element is balanced, within as well as outside, we flow with life smoothly, and even though blockages may sometimes come in the form of hurdles and boulders, like water we are able to make our way around them!
THE FIVE GREAT ELEMENTS AND VAASTU- PART 3
The first thought that pops into our mind the moment we think about fire is wild uncontrollable flames spreading rapidly! That is the destructive side of fire. Just as all the elements have positive uses and are essential to life, so too can they become destructive if the balance is not maintained amongst the elements. Earth can cause earthquakes and volcanoes; water can cause tsunamis, cloud bursts and floods; Fire not controlled can burn and char everything in its path. Air out of balance causes cyclones, tornadoes and hurricanes!
Wrong use of the element in the home or property can also be fatal. The Fire element in the house, that is the gas or stove in the kitchen, should be in a particular direction. Fire is the basis on which we all survive. We have fire element in our body’s digestive system which enables us to digest our food that gives us energy and strength. The fire element in the home denotes nurturing and sustenance. Fire is heat and light. The sun is a huge ball of fire that spreads its heat and light making life possible for us.
Fire keeps us warm on a cold day; it heats, cooks, burns and purifies. Each of us has a fire within which translates in our life as passion, a zest for living, enthusiasm in any given task, excitement, anger, holding on to things, unforgiving attitude, carefulness, alertness, awareness and the spark which keeps us all alive and kicking!
Another aspect is how much sunlight we get at what times in which areas in our home or property. We come to know the importance of sunlight in the rainy season when the sun hardly shines through the clouds. In the cold countries in the Northern Hemisphere they know the value of sunlight all too well. Without sunlight one can get pale, morose, lethargic and depressed too. Light of any kind, be it within or outside lends a glow and shine to all objects.
A flame attracts and entrances us. There are meditations too which are based on staring at a flame without blinking. In the Hindu festival of Holi, we celebrate the burning of Holika who was supposed to be evil. 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 light that we can remove darkness. But, were it not for darkness we would never really know the significance of light!
Let us all move from the darkness to the light!