Does a Laughing Buddha bring good luck?

PTI | ByMohan Deep
May 25, 2004 03:32 PM IST

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Q: I have heard that placing a Laughing Buddha in the house brings good luck. I have also heard that it should not be bought. Someone should gift it to you. How true is this? Also, let me know where should the Laughing Buddha be kept? Should it be worshipped?
Suresh Makhija
A: Laughing Buddha is known as Hotei among the Chinese and is considered very auspicious. It is usually placed facing the door. His large protruding belly is symbolic of happiness, luck and prosperity. It is believed that if a person rubs his belly it brings good luck.

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Often, one single feng shui coin is placed below the statue. There are many instances of good things happening to the people who bring Laughing Buddha home.

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It is not necessary to get it as a gift. You can buy it also. In fact, Laughing Buddha blended with the Lord Ganesha is considered doubly lucky. It is available for sale on

Q: Our son does not want to talk to us at all and does not want to keep any relation with us.  He is married and listens to his wife and in-laws.  We are really hurt very badly about this. We started a business for him and since the last 6 months he has stopped going to the factory and does not want to take any care.  Please tell me what we can do to get him back.
Lila K Anand (Mother)
Date of birth: Monday, 10-10-49
Place of birth: Nairobi
Time: 1 am

Subhash Anand (Father)
Date of birth: Saturday, 7-8-1939
Place of birth: Chichawatni, India
Time of birth: 8.50 am

Dinish Anand (Son)
Date of birth: Sunday 11-5-75
Place of birth: Slough, England, UK
Time: 10.50 pm

Lila K. Anand
A: In this case, one needs to take a look at Southwest, East and West parts of your house to determine where the actual problem lies. It is only after locating the flaws that one can suggest remedies. For this, only the dates of birth will not be enough and one needs to look at the floor plan of your house also. This can only be a professional consultation. You can write to me at for further details.
Q: I am a businessman, sit in South East Direction in a Cabin. This is a good direction to sit but I have a blank wall facing me. What can I do to avoid the ill effects of this?
A: Wall is symbolic of a block. Working while facing a wall may delay the career growth and cause health problems as has been repeatedly seen in the call centers. Also, it can cause your colleagues and subordinate to betray you and partners to cheat you. You are advised to place a mirror in front of you.
(Mohan Deep, a renowned authority on Feng Shui, based in Mumbai, answers your questions in this weekly column. He has been traveling to personally visit various premises to give Feng Shui advice and also gives off-site Feng Shui advice on floor plans by e-mail or post. He has a website (Http:// exclusively devoted to Feng Shui and his Feng Shui paintings..
For inquiries and a more detailed and complete professional consultation you can email him at  His postal address: Mohan Deep 222 Shantivan, New Link Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400053. Telephone numbers: 91-22-26367999/ 91-22-56997992. Fax: 91-22-26350503. Cell: 9820199378.)

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