Sunaina Mehta, a homemaker from Mumbai, had been quarreling with her husband a lot. These were trivial issues but they sometimes ballooned into heated arguments. Then Sunaina did something unusual – she rearranged their bedroom and tossed out a stack of broken CDs and a DVD player she had stored in the bed box. Mehta shares how marital bliss soon returned to their home.
Sunaina’s house cleaning was no random act. She had followed the laws of Vastu Shastra while rearranging their bedroom. “I even got rid of an oil painting of a weeping woman on the wall,” she says.
“Vastu Shatra is the Indian cosmic science of architecture and it helps create a harmonious environment to set up one’s life for wealth, happiness and harmony. It’s all about creating a rhythm and balance to ensure a better life,” reveals Mumbai-based Nitien Parmar, a Vastu consultant and author of books on the subject.
Here’s how Vastu can help you optimise your bedroom as a place of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
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“Ideally, the bedroom at south-west brings good health and prosperity for the home owner and enhances longevity. Avoid a bedroom in the north-east or south-east zone of the house. In the south-east, it may result in quarrels among the couple. The bedroom in the north-east may cause a health issue. The children‘s bedroom is best in the east or north-west zone of the house,” says Parmar.
According to Vastu, your bed should be placed with the head towards the east or south.
The bed in the guest room can have its head towards the west. Also, it is best if your bed is made of wood. Metal can create negative vibrations. To encourage togetherness, a couple should sleep on one single mattress and not join two separate mattresses.
Careful where you fix your dressing table, assuming it has a mirror.
According to Vastu, avoid a mirror in front of your bed as the reflection of one’s sleeping body in a mirror is inauspicious.
Anything that disturbs the calm of the bedroom has no place here. Hence, no television. If you must have one, make sure it is placed at a reasonable distance from your bed. “The TV screen should not work as a mirror opposite the bed.
“Avoid a computer in the bedroom, or at least distance it with a partition. Computers and mobile phones are high electro stress instruments and the frequencies from cell phones, computers and TVs emit harmful radiation, advises Parmar.
What colour paint?
Colours don’t just brighten our world; they also affect our mood, health and happiness.
Ideally, paint your bedroom off-white, baby pink or cream. Avoid dark colours. The room should be well-organised. Keep your bedroom clean and clutter-free, says Snehal Deshpande, an expert in Classical Vastu and Feng Shui.
Toss them out
Also, do not keep things that have not been used for years such as clocks, watches, electronic equipment, broken artefacts or machinery, in your bedroom. Clutter disturbs the energy flow and creates disharmony in the house, she explains. “In the bedroom, avoid water fountains, aquariums and paintings of war scenes and single women.”
Smells and aromas can be very powerful and can uplift the mood and spirit. So, make sure your room smells fresh; keep aromatic candles, diffusers or potpourri in your bedroom. Use refreshing jasmine or lavender fragrances.
Courtesy Desphande, couples might want to heed this advice – keep two rose quartz hearts in the south-west corner of your bedroom. It will add happy energy to your life.
- Avoid a round or oval-shaped bed.
- Bed should always have a head rest. Never keep a window open behind your head when sleeping.
- Avoid a round ceiling above the bed.
- Never sleep under an overhead beam.
- Refrain from hanging photographs of deceased ancestors on the wall.
- Do not place the temple in the bedroom.
- Remove all broken or chipped items.
- Keep door of attached toilet shut when not in use.
- Mop the floor at least once a week with sea salt added to the water as it removes negative energy.