World Health Organization (WHO) defines healthy body, mind and soul. Medical Science also
recognizes that many diseases are produced by stress, anxiety, worry and fear. There is an increasing
incidence of stress related diseases in India like Coronary Artery Disease (Heart Attack), Cerebra
vascular disease like cerebral strokes due to hammerage in one of the blood vessels in the brain,
hypertension, diabetes etc. the Medical Science can only manage these diseases with tremendous cost
to the patient or the ex-chequer. The only method of preventing these diseases and ensuring perfect
heath is healthy lifestyle based on ancient Vedic Philosophy of peaceful and blissful living.
Various techniques of the art of blissful living by positive thoughts, love gratitude and
compassion towards everyone and acceptance of whatever life offers, Yoga, meditation, healthy diet,
rich in fruits and vegetables (Satvik Diet) as described in our Vedic Philosophy have been well
illustrated in Prof. Dr. B. B. Puri’s book on “The Art of Blissful Living”. I am sure, all the readers will
benefit from this book and learn to be peaceful and compassionate and radiate the same to the people
around them, in the house, in the community and at the place of work.
The only way that peace can prevail in the world is to work for our essential comforts of life,
being peaceful within oneself and loving to other fellow beings.
I wish Dr. Puri a great success in spreading Vedic way of life through his book “The Art Of
It gives me immense pleasure in presenting to you my latest book titled The Art of Blissful Living.
I hope that the experiences, learning and practical tips which I have accumulated over the past
years would help you in opening your mind to rediscover your inner self, to investigate, analyse and
realize the very essence of life.
Living a contented life is an art, a skill, and a technique which all of us need to learn and
master in order to achieve mental peace and harmony.
This book may help you in creating and maintaining a proper balance between body, mind,
soul, intellect and the environment around you in line with the five elements of Nature. You will be able
to reduce the stress and strain of materialistic life, leading to a state of ultimate liberation and bliss.
The tips given in the various chapters offer a practical way of life which satisfies your
spiritual needs leading to mental peace along with material prosperity.
Your very self is an ocean with a fortune of undiscovered wealth and unbounded love deep
inside you that you can offer to others. Your mind is so powerful that you can create an environment of
your own choice to surround you.
May this book enlighten your intellect and environment, so that you can enjoy healthy,
peaceful and comfortable living within the Laws of Nature.
My previous books titled Vedic Architecture and Art of Living and Applied Vastu Shastra in Modern
Architecture have been well received by the readers. While releasing the book in a function held at
Rashtrapati Bhawan on 26th December, 1995, His Excellency, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma, the Hon’ble
President of India, was all praise for the book. Doordarshan and the print media covered the event
Earlier, at the presentation Function at Jubilee Hall, Hyderabad, Smt. Vimla Sharma, First
Lady of India, presented the book to Smt. Urmila Ben Patel, the then Hon’ble union Minister for Power
in the presence of Smt. Suman Krishna Kant, the First Lady of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Krishna Kant,
Hon’ble Governor or Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandra Babu Naidu, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra
Pradesh and Shri Mallikarjun, Hon’ble Minister for Defence and Railways.
While I was working on the 3rd Volume, a number of my students and clients encouraged me
to write on the ways and means to attain peace of mind and tranquility.
The overwhelming response and encouragement to my endeavours has prompted me to
present to you the third Volume on the subject entitled A Practical Guide to an Ageless Mind.
While man’s physical structure has remained unchanged, his thought processes, his
mind-sets, his living standards and his environment have undergone a sea change. Mankind, through a
process of trial and error, has discovered the importance of Vastu Shastra for improving the living
conditions in his abode for deriving peace of mind, health, tranquility and prosperity.
Vastu also guides us on how to live in harmony with our surroundings by rearranging the
interiors in a house without making any structural changes.
This book contains practical tips and advice on how Vastu Shastra guides us in creating a
healthy and harmonious living and working environment.
The book, The Art of Blissful Living gives very traditional (Paramparik), but convincing
explanations to establish that Nature, Man and their combined products are governed by an evolutionary
Network guided by Performance Standards and common sense. Vedic Knowledge is not a matter of
Research. We are attempting to carry out research, but are ignorant of our basic senses! We need to
accept the fact that ultimately, perfect knowledge stems from the learnings enumerated in the following
quote from the ‘Bhagwad Gita’:
During the course of my forty years of professional experience as an Architect and Vastu
Advisor, I have had many opportunities in India and abroad to study and deal with people having diverse
cultural and social styles of modern living. I have been privy to the problems faced by them with respect
to their factory, business establishment, commercial premises, offices, workhouses, homes, etc. I have
endeavoured to discuss some of these practical issues in this book. I have also kept in view the demands
made at various International Conferences by the western people to know more about the Indian
philosophy, with particular reference to Vedic Science and their application to Modern Living
During the course of my studies and my professional life, I have always taken a keen interest
in ancestral culture and habitat, particularly those of the most ancient Vedic Period. It has been
fascinating to dig out valuable data, which proves that the living style of our ancestors was really
scientific and in accordance with Vedic Principles. A lot of research work has been put in to ascertain as
to how Vedic Culture could be applied to our modern living to enjoy beneficial and healthy living.
The rise of Vedic Knowledge and is subsequent applications in later periods has been taken
into account. The author does not wish to go into the controversy of the exact period of the Vedic Age.
Indian culture and civilization are basically spiritual in nature.
Meaning:- Our life system is not dependant merely on the process of breathing. The intake of
diet is indeed important for health, but health does not rest on food alone. The entire system can be
thrown out of gear if the mind is upset. A mild turbulence injected into the mind is enough to disturb the
entire balance of personality. Your strength is in you. Religion begins where science ends; the beginning
of the higher wisdom.
Accomplishment of Vedic Gyaan includes development of a relationship between the
‘situation’, namely our surroundings, climate, landform, view, topography, lights and its manifestations,
colours etc., and the ‘medium’: material and construction techniques.
Design is a learning process. Man, his surroundings and the methods used are integral to each
other and therefore, any design action is relative and requires the application of holistic, meditative and
Similarly, nature, man and product are within an evolutionary network guided by performance
standards. Vedic Culture is to be seen, felt, perceived, conceived and experienced from inside as well as
from outside. It has to have a fourth dimension, However, it is essential to go into a very deep and
careful study to understand its implications.
When we talk about Vedas, we are talking about knowledge. Vedas means knowledge. The
mind possesses knowledge, therefore, the mind is the main author of all our actions and behaviour.
Human Beings take birth on this planet based on the composition of the five elements of
nature. We take birth with five senses, but it is essential to develop these five senses through knowledge.
Knowledge comes from the Vedas and Development comes from the mind.
We may possess the best knowledge, but the use of this knowledge is not through Karmas
(action). It is our mind which assimilates this knowledge and puts it to the proper use.
In other words, the mind is the author, the principal, the thinker, the planner, the subject as
well as the object, behind all our actions. If so, why not discuss about the mind, with the mind, for the
mind. The mind that is ageless and requires no rest.
As we gain experience and advance in age, our body becomes old and weak, but our mind
matures as age advances. I, therefore, decided to pen down my experiences with the aid of Vedic
Knowledge. This book is a practical guide to attain an ageless mind, with the help of the spiritual laws of
Vedic Knowledge and derive the benefits through the art of blissful living.
The basic reason which has prompted me to take up this book is that I have been receiving
numerous letters and enquiries on a daily basis from people who are seemingly confused about which is
right and which is wrong while applying the Principles of Vedic Culture. The recent profusion of articles
and books available on the subject of Vedic Culture in the market has added to the confusion with
contradictory information rather than providing a solution to the problem.
This state of affairs coupled with the tremendous faith vested in me by people around me has
motivated me in making an attempt at clarifying to my readers some practical points which will help
them to understand how and where to apply the Principles of Vedic Culture.
I was also keen to find answers to the question as to why here is this sudden, overwhelming
interest in ancient Vedic knowledge not only in India, but all over the world.
This compilation is an humble attempt to discover the synchronization of Vedic Knowledge
with Vastu Shastra. Present-day life in the 21st Century has become complicated, illogical and
contradictory. Any attempt to describe this period fully would run into volumes, yet the end would still
be nowhere in sight!
I have attempted to take a microscopic section from the magnificent Vedic period based on
‘Truth’ and scientific reason to show how close people are to nature and how they could learn the art of
meaningful and fruitful living aided by Vedic knowledge to enjoy the gift of nature.
I am aware of the difficulties and limitations set in the path of any enterprise to seek learning
from the Vedas and Upanishads. Such a venture, despite best efforts, cannot claim to be a
comprehensive study of such a vast ocean of knowledge. Our aim has to be the discovery of the ‘Truth’
and in order to attain this goal, we must apply our minds fearlessly and without prejudice or
preconception and formulate our conclusions on the basis of available evidence as far as they permit us
to do so. To achieve the desired benefit in true spirit, great care is to be taken to distinguish clearly the
‘Known’ from the unknown’ and to approach the ‘Unmanifest’ from ‘Manifest’.
Vedas regulate the relation between man and his environments. A learner should exhibit his
sill by overcoming the difficulties and differences between the principles laid down in the ‘Vedas’ and
the need of the present-day requirements, keeping in mind the original relation between man and nature
and to find acceptable solutions. For good results it is all the more important to put the correct question
rather than to find the correct answers to the wrong questions.
We have to create harmony between the common values, moral codes, individual beliefs,
ideological convictions, economic conditions, social obligations and cultural symbolizations coupled
with philosophical ideas and meaningful environment. During the Vedic period, people built homes,
temples and hermitages not merely to be used as shelter but mainly with a view to having a peaceful
place for offering prayers, find peace and to live in common harmony. The ancient philosophic concept
represents two different logical processes – the ‘Inductive’ and ‘Deductive’. The former took its stand
upon ‘Smriti’ or reasoned knowledge and law of cause and effect and the latter dependent upon insight
or inspiration, known as ‘Shruti’ or divine revelation of which the Vedas are said to be the expression. In
modern language we may call these as an objective or atheistic and subjective or theistic science
towards the finer and subtler aspects of life and consciousness.
One ponders over answers to vital questions to vital questions like: What was the beginning”
how does the Universe evolve? What is the real constitution of a human being? What is the ultimate?
Etc. The Vedas proclaim that the consciousness, the Universal Will, the Omnipresent and the
Omnipotent ‘Brahma’ (Purusha) is without beginning or end. The ‘Eternal’ contains Space (Akash), Time
(Kala), Energy (Pran) and Nature (Prakriti). The all-pervading consciousness regulates the entire
cosmos and illuminates or gives a spark of life to all individual beings. Death and decay are the source
of new creations.
The Vedas propound that apart from the physical body; an individual constitutes his mind and
his mind and his intellect and is presided over or enlivened by the Cosmic Consciousness. The mind
function is two fold, to acquire knowledge through the five senses (Gyan Indrias) and to act in the world
outside through the five related organs (Karam Indrias). The five basic elements of nature, namely, the
space, air, fire, water and earth correspond to the sensations of hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell,
respectively. Intellect is the discriminating power in us, to take a decision for elevation to righteousness
or to rediscover alpha and omega of the Reality or to succumb to desires and remain in worldly
Our existence comprises of three stages of awareness: waking, dream and deep sleep stages.
We also have three behavioural qualities: ‘Satvic’, ‘Rajas’ and ‘Tamas’: i.e. spiritual, psychological or
merely physical ways of living. We are taught that by knowledge, selfless service and by meditation we
can achieve the ultimate. Knowledge can be derived from ‘Yantras’, creativity from ‘Tantras’, energies
from ‘Mantras’ and inspiration from ‘Meditation’; the secret laws of nature.
I have combined all these together in Vedic Culture to achieve best results. Despite
materialistic development, resources and riches, the Westerners are looking to the orient for desired
peace of mind.
As open secret, relatively unknown, is that India is a source, the fountainhead of the vast
ancient Vedic knowledge available on the planet today. When the Vedic concept is presented through
modern technological advances, the sublime information becomes available to all walks of life and can
be easily understood. This would give a new outlook to the world of modern living with high
Scientific explanations and Sanskrit Shlokas with their meaning, wherever possible, have been
inducted to project the genuineness of the subject.
This is an humble attempt in giving a glimpse of habitation and the way of life in ancient India.
As far as possible, my submission on the inter-relationship of the Vedic Knowledge vis-à-vis modern
living in unison with nature as expounded in the vedic age are supported by diagrams, charts, illustrations
Last of all I would like to stress that: If we have to equip ourselves to meet the challenges
of the future, we must examine the forces that are now transforming the living activity and thoughts of
the people. However, in the modern world people built concrete clusters mainly for high rate of return.
After the second world war, the architectural practice must have turned out to be a race towards the so
called modernization, adopting bureaucratic values, resulting in world wide pollution, environmental and
ecological problems with no peace of mind under any kind of shelter.
Sukham Dhanani Buddhimsch Santati Servadanrinam I Priyanesham ch Sansidhim Servasyat
Shubhlaxanam II Yatra Nindit laxmatra tahitesham vidhakrit I Athservamupadeyam Yabhdavet
Shubhlaxanam II Deshah purniwashch Sabhavisam Sanani Ch I Yadyadidrisamanyashch
Tathashreyaskaram Matam II Vastusahstradritetasya Na Syallaxannirnayah I Tasmat Lokasya
Kripya satmetbhaduriyate II
Meaning:- Properly designed and pleasing house will be an abode of good health, wealth,
family, peace and happiness. Negligence of the canons of Vastu Principles will result in bad name, loss
of fame, sorrow and disappointments. Vastu Shastra is, therefore, brought into light in favour of, to the
satisfaction of, and for the betterment and overall peace and welfare of the Universe.
Veda’s are the foundation of civilization and if the foundation is not correct, good results can
never be achieved. Vastu is our heritage. Heritage is like roots to a tree. So we have to go to the roots
and study the most elementary and important principles of Vedas for a healthier and prosperous life,
particularly in modern living. The goal of the discourses is to successfully harness the resources of
heritage and give strength to the individual and thereby to the community as a whole.
The Vastu Professional should know Vedas. He should be intellectually aware of the highest
truth formulated in religion. The subject of Vastu Shastra is one among several sacred sciences derived
from the highest metaphysical principles. The Vastu practitioner should put in sincere efforts to acquire
this comprehensive, farsighted and timeless wisdom. Research Institute of Vedic Culture has been
established to give answers to all the questions. The students and scholars of this institution are busy
doing their Research Thesis on Vedic Culture and Occult Sciences.
In the 3rd edition of this book I would like to discuss with the readers the importance of
orientation of a building not only for saving energy but also to have a healthy design, which not only
gives comfortable living but also gives good health, prosperity to the house owners/occupiers and their
There lies a correlation between the rotational scenario of the planets and the house designs
and their different activities in the house placed in different directions with respect to the North.
The science dealing with sunshine and the effects of its intensity per given area, its rotation
around the sun, earth tilt at 23½ degree towards the sun, Earth’s attraction by the moon coupled with its
environs, as its meteorological data, sea behaviour, ice caps in NORTH and SOUTH poles, rainfall, soil
data, space track of the earth etc. has to be referred and studied deeply to understand the effects on
human mind, body and soul in relation with the building and its environments and surrounding.
During the Vedic period, man had discovered how to utilise and improve upon the living
conditions of his habitat for perpetual prosperity with the help of Vastu Shastra as described in the
‘YAJURVEDA’. The Vedic principles dealing in building designs and construction existed before the
Mahabharata, and had been practiced by our ancient architects like Vishvakarama, such a wide variety
that could be achieved only by collaboration and integration with the most modern high technology of
building sciences fused with vedic sciences. A glimpse into the Vedic Sciences has been described and
dealt in depth by the same author in his earlier book titled Vedic Architecture and Art of Living-volume
The Greatest Discovery Of Mankind Is That A Human Being Can Change, Alter Or Mould His
Life By Altering His Attitude Through His Trained Mind.
Back of the Book
Art of Blissful Living is the latest contribution by the author, Prof. (Dr.) B.B. Puri, after an
overwhelming response to his earlier books. This book has made an excellent effort to establish the fact
that Vedantic knowledge is based on fundamental principles in creating and maintaining a proper balance
between body, mind, soul & environment with the help of Vastu Shastra, which is not merely an art but a
definite science in itself.
The latest book of Dr. Puri perfectly describes the saying “Whenever you open this book, you
will receive benefits”.
Dr. Puri excels in the knowledge of Vedic Philosophy as well as academics. With this book,
we can now witness the splendid results of his accomplishments .
Prof. (Dr.) B.B. Puri is a multifaceted personality and he is a Senior Practicing Architect,
Research Scholar, Author and Vastu Advisor. He is associated with numerous professional
organizations. His achievements underscore his versatility.
Prof. Puri has added a new research dimension and scientific approach to Vedic Culture
making it a modern concept. His mission is to propagate the new dimensions in the Vedic Philosophy
and get due recognition for it.
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