Mananam Publications, Chinmaya Mission
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Title: Prayer
Author: Sister Wendy Beckett, Eric Butterworth, Larry Dossey, Masaru Emoto, Tom Harpur, Randi Henderson, Thomas Kelly, Richard Marek, Lynn A. Robinson, Swami Abhedananda (Chinmaya Mission), Swami Abhedananda (Ramakrishna Mission), Swami Advayananda, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Kripamayananda, Swami Prabhavananda, Swami Ranganathananda, Swami Shantananda, Swami Sivananda Radha, Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Tejomayananda, and Swami Venkatesananda.
Preface: Philosophers, poets, scientists, and sages all marvel at the power of prayer. They speak of the endurance of prayer, that it is timeless and fundamental to human life. They promise that true prayer is an ultimate way for union with the Divine Presence within us.
Prayer comes instinctively to all people, and some form of prayer has been observed in every culture. Prayer equally presents to all people — from innocent children to learned scholars — an ever-present method to connect with a greater potential, whether that potential is called God or a nameless supreme Force. The act of prayer ...
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Divine Purpose
Author: Eknath Easwaran, Carol Lee Flinders, Hazrat I. Khan, Dilgo Khyentse and Padampa Sangye, Padmashree Rao, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Ishwarananda, Swami Shantananda, Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Tapovan, Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Yatiswarananda, Eckhart Tolle and Paramahansa Yogananda.
Preface: Saints and mystics from all spiritual traditions sing a universal melody — a melody reminding us that the ultimate purpose of life is to awaken to our Divine Nature. Once we turn our attention toward this highest goal, our lives become truly inspired and all worldly goals gain a deeper meaning. As we uncover our true nature, noble qualities such as honesty, kindness, and love begin to express themselves more fully, thereby enriching not only our lives, but also the lives of those around us. A feeling of inclusiveness increases, our vision expands, and our understanding of the greater ...
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Title: Truth
Author: Douglas Bloch, Jack Canfield, Jack Hawley, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Denise Linn, Jeffrey Moses, Walpola Rahula, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Paratparananda, Swami Tapovan, Swami Tejomayananda, Vimala Thakar and Jean Vanier.
Preface: The ultimate purpose of life’s journey is to awaken to the experience of absolute Truth. This Truth is our essential nature expressing itself as perfect happiness. Sages have pointed out that on life’s journey, one of the most important virtues for us to cultivate is truthfulness. Honesty is a prime requisite for every spiritual seeker. For when we go against our own convictions — thinking one way, feeling differently, and eventually acting in another way — life becomes a struggle, filled with agitations that hinder our spiritual development. Hence, we need to rediscover ways for Truth to shine through ...
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Life is a Gift:Living is an Art
Author: Wayne W. Dyer, Eknath Easwaran, Chuck Gallozzi, Thomas R. Kelly, Lama Surya Das, Stephen Levine, Azim Premji, Chris Prentiss, Padmashree Rao, Albert Schweitzer, Swami Atmashraddhananda, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Jyotirmayananda, Swamini Saradapriyananda, Swami Satprakashananda, Swami Shraddhananda, Swami Sivananda, and Swami Tejomayananda.
Preface: We are born. Our screams and kicks gradually start turning to cooing, laughing, crawling, playing, and thinking. And throughout the years our ability to undergo new experiences, at superficial as well as deeper levels — to feel, to dream, to love — continues. Have you ever thought about this ability and where it comes from? Can the body on its own really do anything? Even a little thought on this topic stirs our recognition of a Presence, which enables the body to act, feel, think, and experience.
What is it that enables the miracle of life to occur? It is ...
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Guru: The Guiding Light
Author: Various Authors
Preface: The word Guru is not a term, nor an intellectual thought, but the Pulsating Grace of That Essence. The Lord Himself, through that form, comes to love and guide us. A true guru is dynamic, compassionate, and understands our needs. Only when we surrender, and in effect, understand that He personifies the God-principle, do we get the full benefit of the Guru. His Guidance, filled with love, understanding, and compassion, shows us the path of “right” living in the world — a life lived up to its full creative potential of rediscovering our true nature and oneness with all. ...
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Values in the Workplace
Author: Jim Collins, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, William Damon, Arie de Geus, C. Diane Ealy, Matthew Fox, Howard Gardner, Fred Kiel, Susan Smith Kuczmarski, Thomas Kuczmarski, Doug Lennick, Radhakrishnan Pillai, Jerry I. Porras, Azim Premji, Lewis Richmond, Nancy Spears, Swami Atmashraddhananda, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Jyotirmayananda, Swami Nikhilananda, Swami Tejomayananda, and Eckhart Tolle.
Preface: “In and through all his actions — physical, mental, and intellectual — man can bring forth the expression of his true dharma, his divine Essence.” — Swami Chinmayananda

Values are the foundation upon which we base all our actions. They determine how we interact in the world. The quality of our thoughts and actions, and therefore our character, is determined by the types of values we respect and practice. If we base our actions on dharma (righteous conduct) we bring prosperity and harmony to ourselves and to the world around us. As we practice these values we invoke them more ...
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Living in the Present
Author: Various Authors
Preface: “It is only Me,” the Lord thunders in the Bhagavad G?tÅ “I am the warmth in the fire. I am the light in the moon. And I am the sapidity in water.” His Presence pervades the entire universe and beyond. He is the substratum upon which the world plays. He is behind every thought. But why are we not aware of this Presence? Our many self-centered thoughts, words, and deeds make it nearly impossible to recognize Him. If, however, we shift our focus to the present — not dwelling on the past, not worrying about the future — ...
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Author: Karen Armstrong, Mark Bekoff, David Brandon, Kathleen Brehony, Jane Goodall, Robert W. Gunn, Scott A. Hunt, Jack Kornfield, Lorne Ladner, Donald P. McNeill, Dr. Kshama Metre, Douglas A. Morrison, Henri J. Nouwen, Betsy Raksin Gullickson, Sharon Salzberg, Sogyal Rinpoche, Sri. Daya Mata, Swami Abhedananda, Swami Atmashraddhananda , Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Ishwarananda, Swami Jyotirmayananda, and Swami Tejomayananda.
Preface: Compassion — a divine quality of mind — is an emotion and a great power. As this pure love and strength (inherent in us) is nurtured, we begin to understand more and more the oneness of us all and the sharing of oneself begins. This sharing of unconditional love leads to a life full of peace and harmony — a life where kindness and gentleness for ourselves and others is there in abundance. And as we cultivate these noble qualities further, our true nature begins to shine forth.
Beginning with Part One, the authors help us to understand the nature ...
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Fear: Fact It
Author: Herbert Benson, Andy Caponigro, Rush W. Dozier, Jr., Kathleen Fischer, Debbie Ford, Miriam Greenspan, Susan Jeffers, Kanchan Mukherjee, Rachel Naomi Remen, M. J. Ryan, Andrew Stirling, Swami Adiswarananda, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Ishwarananda, Swami Sivananda, Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Tejomayananda, and Thich Nhat Hahn.
Preface: Many of us live in fear. We fear losing a job, not having friends, not finding a person to love, or fearing what others will think. Some of us fear small spaces, some of us fear large spaces, but the greatest fear, common to most, is the fear of dying. This fear and all other fears can be traced to that one fear, which is fear of the unknown. Thoughts such as: What will happen when I die? Where will I go? What will happen to my family if I lose my job? arise from the fear of not ...
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Education <br>Toward Inner Transformation
Author: Various Authors
Preface: When we hear the word “education,” immediately a vision of schools, papers, computers, and teachers comes to mind. Math equations, chemical reactions, and English assignments tend to haunt us! But is this what education truly is? If this “education” guaranteed a full life, a peaceful life, a way to help with life’s ups and downs, then it would be great! But it does not. We all know many “highly educated” individuals whose lives are a mess, and high-profile individuals, such as world leaders and other professionals, who have committed horrendous acts.“Information learning” does not prepare us completely for life’s ...
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The Science of Sciences
Author: Various Authors
Preface: Science is defined as the investigation and observation of natural phenomena through experimentation. It is inspired by our urge to know. We want to know the “how” and “what” of things and beings. Often this search has been directed towards trying to improve the standard of living with the belief that greater comfort would make us happier. However, in the past century, men of science persevered in their search for the truth of things and in the process gained many more insights into the Laws of Nature. The study of the universe through the related sciences of physics, biology, ...
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Youth: Keeping the Balance
Author: Various Authors
Preface: Swami Tejomayananda, while lecturing throughout the world, has met and interacted with many young people. Wherever he went the same questions about family, school, dating, and work were on the minds of the youth. Observing this phenomenon, Swamiji out of his love and compassion for them, suggested that the Mananam team publish an issue that addresses their interests and concerns. With the help of surveys and discussions with young adults, the team has attempted to address the many questions they raised. We hope that both the youth and parents will benefit from the inspirational and practical writings of the authors in this ...
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In the Company of Sages
Author: Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Tejomayananda
Preface: Swami Chinmayananda traveled the world for forty-two years expounding the teachings of the Vedas through lectures, books, and videos. He came to be regarded as one of the most respected teachers of Vedanta. Thousands attended his lectures, and devotees often asked him many questions. In 1992 Mananam published Satsanga, which contained answers to many of these queries. Devotees found the original book very helpful in answering questions that came up in their spiritual journey, and many asked for a reprint. Parts One and Two of this book are updated versions of that publication. Part Three of this book includes responses ...
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Peace In A Restless World
Author: Various Authors
Preface: Peace! We all want a peaceful mind, peaceful relationships, and a peaceful world. For when we are at peace we feel happy and content. Yet judging by the restlessness that we feel within ourselves and see all around us, it often appears that peace is far beyond our reach. But we need not lose hope, for in reality that elusive peace is closer than we realize. In fact peace is our own true nature. All our struggles in life are only to get back to our natural state of peacefulness. The authors in this book help us rediscover this ...
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Reflection Upon Truth
Author: Swami Ashokananda, Swami Bbavyananda, Swami Chidananda, Swami Chinmayananda, S. Cornell Crawford, Christine Feldman, Swami Gnaneswarananda, Tom Harpur, Swami Jyotirmayananda, Dean Ornish, Swami Ranganathananda, Swami Swahananda, Swami Tejomayananda.
Preface: It was Swami Chinmayananda, a great visionary of our times, who realized how Vedantic students throughout the world would benefit from a publication that would emphasize the importance of independent reflection. This is how Mananam came into being twenty-five years ago. Over the years the many devotees who have worked on Mananam and our readers have understood what an invaluable process reflection (mananam) is for gaining insight into our true nature. Therefore, with this 25th year anniversary issue, the editors would like to honor the vision of both its founder Swami Chinmayananda and his successor Swami Tejomayananda. It is ...
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Devotion: Loving God
Author: Swami Ashokananda, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Swami Budhananda, Swami Chinmayananda, Sri Daya Mata, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Father John Powell, Swami Pramathananda, Swami Ramdas, Sogyal Rinpoche, Swami Shraddhananda, Swami Swahananda, Swami Tejomayananda, Jean Vanier (Tim Kearney), Swami Viprananda, Swami Yatiswarananda.
Preface: Nothing in the world is more powerful than love. The noblest kind of love is the kind that flows towards God, which is called devotion. Saints and sages affirm that deep within our heart lies an infinite source of love, with no beginning and no end. While loving people, ideas, and objects we are in fact, endlessly searching for this infinite love. How to cultivate devotion, so that we can rediscover the permanent source of love and bliss within ourselves, is the topic of this book.

Part One describes the nature of devotion. We are most familiar with love for ...
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Title: Emotions
Author: Swami Abhedananda, Charlotte Beck, Swami Chinmayananda, Daniel Goleman, Swami Jyotirmayananda, Sri Daya Mata, Dean Ornish, Candace Pert, Sharon Salzberg, Swami Satprakshananda, Swami Sivananda, and Swami Tejomayananda.
Preface: Emotions! Every one of us has experienced the roller coaster ride of emotional highs and lows: deliriously happy at one moment and at other times somewhat depressed. In any event, we end up being exhausted and there will come a time when we want to get off that ride and say, “Enough!” To do that, however, we first have to understand where these highs and lows come from and what sustains them. The authors in this book help us to understand our emotions so that we can lead well-balanced lives, least affected by the upheavals of emotion. In Part One, ...
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Service: An Act of Worship
Author: Swami Chinmayananda, Ram Dass, Marc Grossman, Swami Jyotirmayananda, Leslie Kean, Mytrae Maganti, Sri Daya Mata, Jonathan Roof, Rodney Smith, D.V. Tahmankar, Viji Sundaram, Swami Tejomayananda, and Swami Tyagananda
Preface: Sacred traditions all over the world honor the spirit of service. But what is service? In this book, the authors define true service as the ability to direct every single thought, word, and deed as an offering to God; an act of worship. This devotional attitude can transform our worldly life into a spiritual practice. When our actions are dedicated to His glory the actions themselves become sanctified. All work can thus be converted into a challenge and an opportunity for inner growth thus bringing much joy and fulfillment to our lives. God-dedicated actions inspire; the reward is a ...
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Vision of the Bhagavad Gita
Author: Swami Tejomayananda
Preface: Dedicated to Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda in celebration of fifty years of Chinmaya Movement.

The Bhagavad Gita, or the Song of the Lord, holds a special place in classic literature and Hindu philosophy. For centuries it has served as a manual for daily living to people from all walks of life. It is a dialogue between a young warrior prince, Arjuna; and his revered friend Lord Krishna. Arjuna is considered to be the incarnation of Nara, the average person, and Lord Krishna of Narayana, the supreme indwelling Lord. On the verge of a war with his cousins, Arjuna is confused ...
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The Journey Called Life
Author: Swami Chinmayananda, Eknath Easwaran, Swami Ishwarananda, Swami Jyotirmayananda, Jack Kornfield, Swami Lokeswarananda, Ramana Maharshi, Swami Satprakashananda, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Fulton J. Sheen, Swami Tapovanam, Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Vivekananda, and Swami Yatiswarananda.
Preface: According to the great spiritual masters the true purpose of life is to realize our divine nature and to express it in our day-to-day life through spiritual living. To help reach this inspiring goal the Vedic masters classified the entire life span of a person into four stages, along with their specific duties and disciplines. They provided guidelines for each stage of life so that we could harmonize our everyday duties with our spiritual goal. The authors in this book clearly show how following these guidelines helps to develop our personality and character so that we may gain the ...
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