Align your chair once for All
Tejendra Pal Tyagi
More often than not, Vaastu Consultants will advise you to place your office chair in such a way that you face towards the North-East.North- East is called Ishan Kone in Vaastu Science and it is understood to have the qualities of both the North and the East. Now imagine that if the North-East in your office is a dead brick wall,will you like to face a dead wall ? Imagine further that there is a window in the North-East and there is a door in the opposite direction that is South-West ; if you place your chair in the South-West zone with a view to facing North-East, it will again not be correct since there is an opening behind your chair which will lead to a sense of insecurity and surprise for you. Let us paint another picture. Let there be a solid wall behind your chair and let there be a window in the North-East but there is a window in the North-West as well and this window gives you a view of the pleasant greenery and moving traffic ; would you avoid the window in the North-West which gives you a more energetic view just to adhere to the principle of facing North-East as per Vaastu? If you do so, you are working against the common sense. Let us imagine one more scenario. If the entrance to your office is such that the entrant sees you first, if there is a solid wall behind your chair and if there is a North-East window as well in front of your chair which provides you a very pleasant view, will you accept this situation ? No. The reason is simple. The entrant to your office will have a look on you first as he is entering your office from your left or right side. But the necessary requirement is that you should have a first look on the entrant rather than the other way round because the advantage of a fraction of a second which you will thus get will provide you an opportunity to read the body language of the entrant. You should have an edge over the eye ballcalibration. In view of the aforesaid, can we describe a Placement, Vaastu friendly, which otherwise goes against functional requirement and aesthetic sense ? Can Vaastu concepts be illogical and against reason and common sense? No. If we go through the ancient treatise of Samrangan Sutradhar, Mansara, Sthapatya Veda and the Maya Mattam, we will find that a Vaastu advise is a synthesis of space, time, individual, geometric axis and geomagnetic axis. Therefore, to say that we should always face the North-East while sitting in an office is grossly incorrect. But unfortunately, the scientific concepts of resonance between geomagnetic axis & geometric axis and aesthetic concepts of circulation area and ambience are not well understood. With a view to giving out a definite and unconfused plan of aligning the chair of the head of the office, we will have to set out the necessary requirements and the order of priorities in which they are to be adhered to. The first requirement is that your chair should have a solid wall behind it. The second requirement is to place your chair in such a way that you get a look of the entrant first rather than he having a look on you first ; this requirement has a sub section as well and that is that line of sight collimation should not be direct. It means that your chair should not be directly opposite to the entrance; it should have an offset, howsoever little it may be. The third requirement is that you should have preferably a pleasant view of the surroundings, traffic, water bodies and the greenery from your sitting position. We will also club the necessity of having adequate circulation area and freedom of movement in this requirement. The fourth requirement is that if there are more people sitting in the same office, the chair of the head of the office should be towards the South-West of the chairs of the sub-ordinates . The fifth and the final requirement is that you should face North-East. These requirements are in the order of priorities in which they have been mentioned. It can readily be conceded from the aforesaid that facing North-East gives additional benefits only after the necessities of having a solid wall behind, an energetic view in the front, a preferential look on the entrant and an adequate circulation area have been met with. We have so far finalised the position of the chair of the Head of any office in definite terms. Now the question arises what should be the size and type of the chair. And allied to it is the question of the type and size of the table. What should be the illumination intensity in the office, in general and on the table, in particular ? What type of sound vibrations should be introduced commensurate to the location and type of the office ? What all objects must be placed or introduced in the office to make the area vibrant, result oriented and conducive to both the Office Bearers and those who call on them? A very very brief answer just to the type and size of chair is given in the succeeding paragraphs. The chair of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) should not be revolving type. The revolving Chair has a metallic spindle which conducts the free negative charges vehemently present in the air owing to the electrical gadgets like inverter, stabiliser, computer, refrigerator ,Uninterrupted Power Supplier(UPS) etc. These electrons get conducted in our body. The Body conducts them to the Mother Earth. So far no harm done. But if we are relaxing on the chair for a long time when our metabolism is at rest and if it so happens regularly for a long period of about three to four months the conduction of free negative charges in to our Body, reduces our Resistance Power. We become more susceptible to catch diseases from the air and water. Our immunity declines. Therefore the Chair should be made of Wood. Now a question comes in is , that if it is necessary to have a revolving chair with a metallic spindle in view of the functional requirements ,should we sacrifice the functional convenience?. NO. There is no problem which is bigger than Man or there is no problem which does not have a solution. Imagine, that if we place a sheet of Mica or Graphite or Rubber below the cushion of the chair, the conduction of the free negative charges in to the body can be stopped because mica, graphite and rubber are good insulators. It is a solution nearing perfection but not a perfect solution. The perfect solution is to have a wooden chair made to size specially for the CEO. This chair should have the hand rests. Its back rest should be higher than the head of the CEO. A thought can be given here as to why the Back Rests of the Chairs of the Judges, Administrative Officers, King and the PATI-PATNI in a wedding reception are kept higher. Now coming to the making and material of the wooden chair. It is suggested that the wood of the chair must be from the same tree or in more general terms, of one type only. The reason is simple. The molecules of one tree or one mass , generally say hello to each other like the children of one mother are more akin to each other than other children. Formaldehyde or fevicol should generally not be used in making this special chair because they emit VOCs i.e Volatile Organic Compounds which are not compatible to the human system. Instead, BABUL KA GOND should be used. A word about the shape of the Chair. The Square and Rectangular shapes are good; they bring prosperity and earthly pleasures of life. However, to have harmony, a curve should necessarily be introduced one way or the other. But it is difficult to introduce a curve in the rectangular chair. What can be done is to have a curved head of the hand rest of the Chair i.e handle. Next question arises about the size of the Chair. The length or the breadth or the height should have a ratio inbuilt in them, called divine ratio. Divine ratio is called PHI and its value is 1.618 which can be approximated to 1.6. This corresponds to the spiral form in which the entire nature, our ear, our womb, the conch, the trees etc. are manifested. It is said that if divine ratio is introduced in a Vaastu, the success is guaranteed.