By Bidisha Bagchi
An interior designer by profession in India, Nalini Rawal studied Vaastu and her interest grew in Astro Sciences. She also studied Feng Shui (Fung-Shway) and is now an expert in it. WBRi chatted with her to know more about these ancient sciences and how it works.
How will you explain Feng Shui to common people?
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese science to bring harmony in homes or work places. It is the study of energies that affect us. We can harmonize the energy to bring in wealth, health and good relationships. The study of how the 5 element of the Universe, wood, fire, earth, metal and water work. There are different schools of thought associated with Feng Shui; the Ba-qua school: based on the eight human life situations; the eight mansions: the school that helps to identify the most auspicious location or direction of a house or a premises; the flying stars: the method that involves compass reading and some calculations which helps to understand the house energies; the form school, which helps to understand the influence of the outside forms surrounding the premises and finally the specialized practices that can be utilized in certain circumstances to bring good fortune.
You practice two schools of Feng Shui; the Form school and the Flying Stars. What are the different things that your form of schools can teach people about Feng Shui?
The things that can be taught in these two schools are how the 5 elements work. This can be done by calculating one's Ming Gua. Ming-Gua is the number that is calculated from the birth date of a person and how the 5 elements of the Universe affect the Ming Gua of that person. The schools also teach how to see the forms around the property and identify any Sha-Chi or harmful forms, and suggest ways to get protected from it.
How do you think Feng Shui differs from our Vaastu science?
Well, it would be injustice to compare the two sciences because I have seen both works well. Both have same motives to bring in harmony. So I would say both are good in their own fields and could work together hand in hand.
In Feng Shui, we sometimes get advised to use certain objects, for e.g. a Ba-qua mirror, a bamboo plant, coins tied in red strings, gold fish etc. What kind of impact does these things supposed to have on a house or on anyone’s life so far as Feng Shui is concerned?
All these objects should be used as advised by a consultant. Gold coins are very positive; one can keep in his or her wallet but the use of Ba qua mirror should be done with caution as it can harm someone. Gold fish also if placed in the right place with right number can give maximum results. A bamboo plant placed in a correct position can help in ones education and can also be placed to bring in romance. I will sum up saying that when these objects placed in proper place and balance of harmony is created we get positive results.
How does a proper Feng Shui consultation help or impact a house or house owner?
When we do an audit of premises, we study the outside forms and do the flying star chart. We then enhance the good energies and harmonize the negative energies, place the beds in every room according to the Ming guas of the people. The placements are often done in directions that are favorable for the person. We study the person’s pillars of destiny (horoscope) to check what is favorable for him. We then advise them how to use the energies effectively. Every client has different needs; some need to bring in wealth, some need romance and some need good health. Feng Shui can help to enhance these corners, identify a house with good energy at the door and outdoor forms that are compatible to each other.