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Altars of Power and Grace: Create the Life You Desire--Achieve Harmony, Health, Fulfillment and Prosperity with Personal Altars Based on Vastu Shastra Paperback – October 1, 2004

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About the Author

Robin Mastro M.A., a graduate of Mills College, received her masters degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University. She has instructed hundreds of people worldwide how to create self-empowering altars in their homes and offices. Her work in this exciting new field took her to Egypt and India, where she studied ancient concepts of scared space and Vastu Shastra. Robin is dedicated to adapting the wisdom of ancient systems to enhance the reality of modern life. She is the creator of AltarWear®, a jewelry and clothing line based on Vedic teachings.

Michael Mastro, award winning architect and president of Global Construction, is one of the leading Western experts on the art and science of Vastu Shastra. Michael, a meditator for over 35 years, was asked in the late 1970’s by renowned spiritual teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to design spiritual centers in India, Europe, and the United States. Michael’s company built the first Microsoft office building with the orientation and placement designed according to Vastu Shastra. Robin and Michael have taught yoga, meditation, and other spiritual awareness techniques as part of the Art of Living Foundation for over ten years, and are co-owners of Vastu Creations. They live, along with their daughter, on a lake in the Pacific Northwest.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Balanced Book Publishing; First Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974910902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974910901
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Altars of Power and Grace offers a revolutionary approach to creating personal altars. This unique system combines the holistic and creative traditions of Whole Systems Design with the most potent aspects of Vastu Shastra. Vastu, an ancient science from India, was the original teaching on which Feng Shui is based." -from the book

Renowned experts Robin and Michael Mastro have demystified the ancient principles of Vastu by creating an accessible model for creating personal altars. Like the compass lineage of Feng Shui, Vastu Shastra is governed by five elements and eight directions-much like a Ba Gua map. However, in the Mastro system, Metal becomes Spirit, which appropriately resides in the center.

Altars concentrate chi-or life force-for the promotion of harmony, health, fulfillment and prosperity. Arranging personal items and spiritual tokens with a specific intention generates a powerful energy vortex for manifesting spirit into matter. In Altars of Power and Grace, the Mastros explain the science and history of Vastu Shastra, the attributes of the five elements and representational objects, and the areas and placements for the eight directions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Garland on November 9, 2004
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Pure Gold! I'm trying to decide how many copies I need to order! This wonder of a book is the perfect gift for all of my loved ones!

Not only does it provide SO many helpful, creative suggestions for harmonizing one's home and life, it is a precious delight to disappear into, spending many hours imbibing the beauty and deep wisdom throughout. The photographs are exquisite as are the alters in the pictures throughout the book which seem to balance one's energy field simply by looking at them. What better gift? As the reader implements the ideas and wisdom provided and their life improves, the gift grows. What a true gift of Love!

I have studied Feng Shui for a long time and find the Vaastu system offers a deepening of understanding through a slightly different lens. As I follow these principles I see miracles. Through the guidance of this information, I created alters several years ago, one in particular for Abundance and within 2 years had 3 unexpected windfalls of more abundance than I had ever had.

Praises and Great Thanks to authors Robin and Michael Mastro for their thorough research and compilation as well as the gorgeous layout that makes this book a treasure you want to carry with you always. I always keep it close by my bed. Maybe some of the ancient truth contained will seep in!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fusha on June 21, 2005
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This book is very well presented physically and delicious visually. Rich and well chosen colors, professional photography and design, and tangiable quality of the book cover and pages. Organized information charts which are clear, concise, uncomplicated and can be cross-referenced with information given in the paragraphs of the book. There is another issue that doesn't come up in the book; some people might have issues or not too good luck with reds or lets say East or Northwest directions...then what?. But perhaps thats better deal with in another book with more complex Vastu. Back to the review!...Its was also helpful and nice that client experiences/tesitmonials are also included in the book. They mention "Keystone" and how before it is sold it goes through a (ancient) ceremony for of preparation and purificaiton. They offer a brief info on Yantras which is fine. However, Yantras also go through such a ceremony be it simple or elaborate. This mention about this kind of traditional treament of Yantras is missing from this book and has no real need to be left out. I am somewhat surprised about since the authors have to be aware of at this given their emershed exposure to india culture at this point. They offer their free "downloadable" Yantra. They provide a mantra and mudra praticum to go along with their downloadable yantra; altar ceremony/energizing instead which is cool but I don't like the fact that they avoided the yantra in this way. Simplification and wateredown are two different things. An actual Yantra is pictured on page 46 of the book. You can get an one that is blessed/activated(or not), from the internet by mail or buy them off of ebay or if you have association with a hindu or indian culture you may try seek one with the proper activations.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana Rohini LaVigne on August 27, 2007
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Title: Altars of Power and Grace; Create the Life You Desire

Authors: Robin and Michael Mastro

Review By: Diana Rohini LaVigne, Indian Life and Style Magazine

This 182-page guide to personal altars based on the ancient Indian theory of Vastu Shastra is not only a clearly written book on a complex topic, but it enchants readers with its sophisticated and alluring imagery and book design. Photos help readers visualize an alter set up and graphs help illustrate the importance of the alter arrangement and its elements.

Altars of Power and Grace is laced with inspirational words and images that almost envoke harmony. With a packed appendix to support further studies and knowledge, this book is the perfect learning tool to reap the rewards of implementing the principles of Vastu Shastra.

The authors carefully pick apart the complex topic into smaller chunks so that readers aren't overwhelmed by the vastness of the topic. Starting with the history and science foundation of Vastu Shastra, it moves slowly into the more deep topics like how to heighten spirituality, attracting universal support and how to create a global peace altar.

Without a doubt, if someone is interested in Vastu Sastra and looking to incorporate its principles into their life, Altars of Power and Grace is the perfect start and will guide you easily onto your personal path of fulfillment.
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