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A calabash is a dried fruit which symbolises longevity. Ashish Agarwal tells you how you can ensure the good health of your family through its use.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2003 18:01 IST
Ashish Agarwal
Ashish Agarwal

A calabash or a Wu-lou as it is known, is a dried fruit which symbolises longevity. The fruit, it is believed, holds the elixir of health and vitality. In Chinese mythology, the Wu-lou is often associated with the God of Longevity (Sau Sing) and Ti Kuai Li (one of the Eight Immortals). Today, many Chinese homes have a Wu-lou — a fruit symbolic of good health.

Traditionally, a Wu-lou is used as a water container. Feng Shui Masters regard the gourd universally as the symbol of good health. The shape of the Wu-lou also represents heaven and earth united together: the top half is heaven and the bottom, earth.

When used by humans, it becomes a wonderful integration of heaven, earth and
mankind. Taoist monks even use the Wu-lou to absorb evil spirits and imprison them for life. Acting as a harbringer of good health and happiness.

Its advantages: Wu-lou has a number of uses as a cure:

Place a Wu-lou in any part of your house to bring about good health and fortune and dissolve the bad energies. This year it can be placed in the northern and southeastern directions provided it has been coloured in gold.

Place/hang two Wu-lou on both sides of the bed to heal ailments/sickness and rejuvenate the energy of sick people.

Prevention is better than cure! Place/hang a Wu-lou in the bedroom (or by the bed) to prevent the occurrence of a health problem.

Place a Wu-lou in the kitchen since food (source of energy) is produced in there.

Place the Wu-lou in the eastern sector of your living, family and dining room for the good health of the entire family.

Hang a Wu-lou in your car to prevent accidents. It absorbs poison and kills chi, thus acting as a protective shield.

Hence, by adopting the steps enumerated above, you can ensure a life full of good health and prosperity in the times to come.

The writer is a master practitioner of Feng Shui and can be contacted at:

First Published: Dec 06, 2003 18:01 IST