The Art of Man Making – 114 Short Talks on the Bhagavad-Gita (Part I)

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Item Code: NAC666
Author: Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati
Language: English
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 9788175970601
Pages: 410
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 Inch X 5.5 Inch
Weight 600 gm
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Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda made it a priority to revive the young generation of Indians, who were drifting through life without any clear goals, vision or direction. He believed that growth of the newly-independent India could only be achieved by a motivated and clear-headed generation of youngsters.

In order to inspire the youngsters of India and show them the possibilities of a nobler life, Gurudev delivered a series of fiery 10- minute talks on All India Radio, based on the Bhagavad-Gita. He gave this ancient wisdom a contemporary context and presented in a form that was palatable and practical to the modem youngsters. Although delivered in the 1960s, these teachings are as relevant, fresh and inspiring today as they were 40 years ago.


Two Words

Ideas in books, however sacred they may be, cannot and will never, constitute a culture, Bharateeya culture is there only when the generation strives to live the philosophical truths of the mystic Rishis in its everyday life. How to live spiritual beauty and bring its laughter and cheer into the world of fears and competitions, conflicts and confusions, joys and sorrows is the theme of the art of living discussed in our Bhagawad Geeta.

In short 10-15 minute talks on the salient themes of the Geeta, taking two or three verses at a time, I have tried to bring home to the youth of our nation this Science of Man-Making. These talks are ready in cassettes (and tapes). Schools can have them—each day one talk to be broadcast at the time of the ‘Assembly’. If students have this book with them, then they will read it at the time of listening to the tape, in silent attention, allowing these ideas to sink into them, slowly, imperceptibly. These are the values that created the mighty heroes of the past who built up the glory that was BHARAT.

We propose soon to get these translated into all regional languages—so that mothers can read and talk to their children before they retire to bed every day. I see clearly the reward of such psychological treatment with spiritual ideals. Do you? Will you not contribute to such a total national resurrection in our moral and dynamic stature?


Publisher’s Note

Strong men and women constitute the bulwark of a nation. Swami Chinmayanandaji’s 114 talks based on the Bhagavad Geeta were floated on A.I.R. (All India Radio) and addressed to the youth of our country. These lectures were then compiled in a text form – ‘The Art of Man-Making’ and became very popular with people of all ages, creeds and religions as evident from its record-breaking circulation of over a lakh.

While, on one hand, this book is in great demand in schools and colleges for its teenage students, elite executives too have been using this book for various seminars.

We are happy to present this revised edition, hoping that it will reach and enlighten readers from all walks of life across the globe.




1 Why Study the Gita? 1
2 Urgency for the Study of the Gita 6
3 The Gita– Her Special Charm 12
4 The Gita – A Discovery of Life 17
5 The Gita – A Scheme of Life 22
6 The Gita – The Art of Living and Striving 26
7 The Drama in Chapter One 31
8 The Pride of Duryodhana 36
9 The Crisis 39
10 The Psychological Break-up 43
11 The Arjuna Disease 47
12 Why Should We Act? 51
13 Look at the Problem 54
14 Re-educating the Heart 57
15 Reviewing Life Afresh 62
16 How to Act 66
17 Picture of the Goal 71
18 The Man of Perfection (a) Detachment – His Nature 75
19 The Man of Perfection (b) The Logic of Self-Control 80
20 The Man of Perfection (c) Benefits of Self-Control 84
21 The Man of Perfection (d) The Tragedy If There’s No Self-Control 88
22 The Man of Perfection (e) Blessings of Self-Control 93
23 The Man of Perfection (f) Secretifulness in Self-Control 98
24 Meet Chapter Three 103
25 Why Work at All? 108
26 Work We All Must 114
27 What Work To Do 119
28 Act in Yajna Spirit 123
29 Yajna Spirit – A Cosmic Law 128
30 Hindu Socialism 132
31 The Logic of Service (a) The Wheel of Action 136
32 The Logic of Service (b) The Only Exception to the Rule 141
33 Pleading for a Life of Service 147
34 The Secret of Service 153
35 Few Succeed, Many Fail – Why? 157
36 Glory of Self-Restraint 162
37 What Prompts us to Sin 167
38 Desire Veils Wisdom 172
39 Victory Over Temptations 177
40 Meet Chapter Four 182
41 The Secret of Avatar 187
42 Why Avatar? 193
43 The Law of Innovation 197
44 The Four Types – Castes 202
45 Right Attitude in Service 207
46 Classification of Actions? 212
47 Who is Perfect in Action? 218
48 Yogna Attitude in Action 223
49 Hope For All 228
50 Means of Wisdom 233
51 Arise O Bharata! 238
52 Meet Chapter Five 244
53 A Popular Doubt 248
54 One Path – Two Names 253
55 The Egoless Attitude 258
56 The Egoless Mind 262
57 The Egoless Actions 266
58 Nature of the Lord 270
59 Who Gains This Grand Vision? 276
60 Bliss of the Realised 281
61 Freedom of the Realised 286
62 The Technique of Realisation - Meditation 290
63 Pre-Meditational Care 294
64 Meet Chapter Six 300
65 Concentration 304
66 Help Yourself 309
67 The Fully Integrated 314
68 Conditions For Meditation 318
69 Final Adjustments for Meditation 323
70 Fulfilled Meditation 328
71 The Supreme State of Yoga 332
72 The Art of Meditation 336
73 You Can Realise This 340
74 The Vision of The Realised 344
75 Is This Possible? 348
76 Surely, the Mind can be Tamed 352
77 Fall In Yoga – A Tragedy? 356
78 Path of Seekers after Death 360
79 Biography of the Reborn 365
80 Meditate, Meditate and Meditate 370
81 Meet Chapter Seven 374
82 The Lord’s Lower and Higher Natures 379
83 The Lord of the Universe - Jagadiesvara 384
84 The Supreme Indicated 388
85 The Lord’s Relationship with the World 392
86 How to Realise Him 396
87 The Different Types of Devotees 400
88 Why Seekers Seek Differently? 405
89 Does God Fulfil Our Desires? 409
90 The Foolish Recognise Me Not 413
91 So Near – Yet Few Realise Me 417
92 They Realise, Who Are Pure 421
93 Meet Chapter Eight 425
94 The Grand Promise 429
95 The Power of Constant Thought 434
96 Meditational Pointers 428
97 The Secret Mystic Death 442
98 Realisation – The State of No Return 447
99 Dance of Change upon the Changeless 452
100 The Supreme State 456
101 Meet Chapter Nine 460
102 My Nature Divine 465
103 The Logic of Creation 469
104 Why such a Variety in Creatures? 473
105 The Good, the Spiritual-Minded 477
106 The One Self in All 481
107 Different Rewards 485
108 One Supreme – In All Deities 490
109 Offerings to God 494
110 They Shall Come to Me 499
111 The Magic of Right Resolves 503
112 The Royal Secret 508
113 Meet Chapter Ten 512
114 All Personality Types from Me Alone 517


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