Feng Shui suggests several figurines which could fill a house with prosperity and positive energy. ‘laughing Buddha’, which makes everyone energetic and happy, is one of the most popular among them.
This Buddhist monk distinguishable with a pot-belly and knapsack has close resemblance to Kubera, the Hindu God of wealth. So, Indians consider laughing Buddha as another deity of prosperity.
Families believe that laughing Buddha will remove all causes of grief and usher in wealth. In offices and business establishments, the image is thought to ward off threats from competitors as well as reduce work pressure.
According to another theory, laughing Buddha developed a pot-belly after consuming all the negative energy in the house where it is kept.
laughing Buddha is one of the most popular lucky charms and many people are curious about the right way to keep the image at home. A crucial stipulation is that laughing Buddha has to face the main door. Placing the image on top of a one-rupee coin ensures financial stability, it is said.
In case the statue cannot be installed facing the front door, it can be placed close to the wall so that a clear view is available from the front door.
Care should be taken not to place laughing Buddha on top of electronic appliances. It has to be kept at a considerable height from the floor which should be clean,” he said.
A laughing Buddha in bedroom, kitchen or dining area will do more harm than good.
Keeping the image in the drawing room facing the East will strengthen the bond between family members. Placed in the South-East direction, laughing Buddha is believed to increase the good fortune.
In offices and business establishments, laughing Buddha has to face the person concerned to make plans come true.
Another belief is that wealth will accrue to the person who places laughing Buddha on the Northern side. The image should never be kept in the South.