How to Correctly Place Holy Objects and Deity Statues in Your Home

People often ask me where to place deity statues and other holy objects in their houses. A few pointers:

Rule 1: Place them in positions of reverence or respect, which usually means a position above eye level so that you are not looking down on them.

Rule 2: Keep them clear of the direct line of flow from air conditioners, fans, open windows that let in strong winds, etc. Feng shui has some rules that make sure a location avoids "shar chi" or "killing chi." Basically, you want to avoid any position that is "line of sight" susceptible to chi flows that are uncomfortable. You also want to keep them away from smelly places like the toilet, as the deities who might choose to live within certainly won't if it's dirty, smelly and uncomfortable in any way. Would you want to live there if you were a guardian deity?

Rule 3: Keep them away from electrical outlets and other unobvious but potential sources of "buzzing" (fans, etc.) that might bother the deities who would come to occupy them (Yes, indeed, the house protection deities do choose to live in them. Who do you think knocks on the walls to awaken you at night if there's a fire in the house?)

Rule 4: These are all rules for keeping them in quiet, comfortable, clean places. That's what you want.

Before you place a deity statue in your house, it's always nice to have it blessed by a holy man, if possible.

Also, before occupying a new house or apartment itself, there's another thing you should do as well. In a glass of water place some salt, recite the Zhunti mantra and "Ohm Lah" purification mantra over the salt water to purify it. Step two, recite the mantra as you go around the rooms of your house sprinkling the walls and corners with a flick of this water, requesting that bad influences leave and that everything becomes purified.

Chinese and Indian culture have more complicated procedures than this, but this is the basic idea.

Does it work?

I could tell you stories, but you'll have to gain some experience to judge for yourself. After all, of what value are someone else's words if you're already ignoring the weight of century old cultural teachings that tell you this is beneficial rather than superstition. I don't believe in superstitious things but have been humbled at the number of times I laughed at something in Asian culture which turned out to have a real, tangible, living reason behind it. Humbled I have been more times than I can count.

The more you cultivate and the higher your stage of attainment, the more you tend to confirm the truth of cultivation science and practices developed by sages, and the more you understand how they work and why they came about in the first place (as well as becoming able to identify the things that really are a SHAM). So remember to be humble when you go to a foreign culture and see strange things done for spiritual or religious reasons. Sometimes they are indeed unnecessary superstitious customs, and at other times they have an invisible truth to them that you can only see after you climb the ranks of the meditation ladder.


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