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The Art of Man Making – 79 Short Talks on the Bhagavad-Gita (Part II) (Compiled works of Swami Chinmayananda)

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Item Code: NAC667
Author: Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati
Language: English
Edition: 2022
ISBN: 9788175974662
Pages: 415
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 Inch X 5.5 Inch
Weight 530 gm
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Swami Chinmayananda made it a priority to inspire the youth of India and give them a clear vision and direction for life. He believed that it was through the youth that national progress could best be achieved. In order to inspire the youngsters of India and show them the possibilities of the higher life, Swami Chinmayananda explained the ancient wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita in modem scientific terms. His contemporary style of teaching, full of humour and examples from our everyday life, brings these sublime teachings within our reach. These teachings are as relevant, fresh and inspiring today as they were in His time.


Guruji’s Message

The Bhagavad-gita is a life transforming book. It is important to study the Gita at an early age. Pujya Gurudev inspired youth to study the Gita through his 10-minute talks on All India Radio. These talks were very popular and Gurudev covered the first nine chapters. At that time, for various reasons, these talks were stopped abruptly. Later, these talks were brought out as a beautiful book called the Art of Man Making. This book became very popular among youngsters and it is an important part of the Chinmaya Yuva Kendra study syllabus. Gurudev did not complete the rest of the chapters due to his tight schedule.

Many people have been asking us for the rest of the chapters, and now we have compiled part two of Art of Man Making, covering chapters 10 to 18. Material for the Art of Man Making part II has been put together from Gurudev’s talks on the Gita.

I have gone through this book and I congratulate Swami Mitrananda and Mini Mohan for compiling and accomplishing this commendable task. I’m sure readers will benefit by reading whole GEM through these small essays.



The ‘Art of Man Making’ by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, which details the art and technique of self-mastery and right living, is a life-transforming book, that has inspired millions of readers, especially the youth across the world.

At the heart of self-culture or ‘man making’ lies the awakening to one’s true identity or essential nature, which is divine, immortal and infinite. Such an empowering awareness of oneself instills untold courage, confidence and hope in the individual, helping him to rise above the turbulences of life. It is to that inmate spiritual strength that Gurudev gently awakens us through instructions and impassionate exhortations. The awesome power of his compelling language is reassuring and reaches out with a message of hope, to even the dullest weakling amongst us, as he unravels the secrets of sure success and abiding joy.

A challenge cannot be met if one feels weaker than what is confronted. Often, we are simply overwhelmed by the might and gravity of a situation. The ability to answer these challenges lies in a fundamental shift in perspective from a misconception of being limited and small, to that of abiding in one’s true nature of inconceivable might and power.

This unparalleled manual of life, which contains the quintessence of the Bhagavad-gita, is a masterpiece with excellent techniques to unify God and creation. It ennobles one’s vision to see life as something sublimely superior to a mere journey from womb to tomb. It thereby imparts a great purpose to life and bestows man with a grand destiny. In short, it is a ready reckoner for all seekers of Truth, and above all serves as a peerless guide to the youth.

These 114 talks in the ‘Art of Man Making’ were first broadcast on ‘All India Radio’ in the early sixties. While chapters 1 to 9 of the Gita have been completed therein, the text has also covered verses I to 7 of the 1 0th chapter. We now make a humble attempt to compile the remaining chapters, basing it exclusively on Gurudev’s discourses, during the marathon camps held in Sidhabari and Piercy, California during the years 1986 and 1992 respectively. Gurudev’s written commentary on the Bhagavad-gita has also been referred.

We seek our Master’s grace and blessings as we dedicate this work—’Art of Man Making’ Part II—at his lotus feet.




  115. Divinised Vision – The Tremorless Yoga 1
  116. Buddhi-yoga 7
  117. Intellectual Demand for Constant Awareness of the Divine 11
  118. Unity in Multiplicity 17
  119. Divine Glories 22
  120. Puranas 27
  121. Endless Glories-I 31
  122. Divine Glories – Eternal and Supreme 36
  123. Glories Radiate Through the Gross and the Subtle 39
  124. Endless Glories - II 44
  125. Meet Chapter -11 49
  126. Arjuna’s Demand to Directly Witness the Many Reposed in One 52
  127. Preparing Arjuna for the Awesome Vision 56
  128. Glimpses of the Cosmic form-Sanjaya Reports 62
  129. The Grand Spectacle – Arjuna’s Wonderment 67
  130. Description of the Imperishable Truth 73
  131. Fearful Form of the Infinite 77
  132. Flow of Time 82
  133. Arjuna’s Reverential Surrender 87
  134. Apologies and Appeals From a Humbled Arjuna 91
  135. Glory of the Divine Form - Grace in Realization 96
  136. Meet Chapter -12 103
  137. Traits of a True Devotee 106
  138. Traits of a True Seeker 110
  139. Inner Adjustments in a True Devotee 114
  140. Four Levels of Practice for Evolution 118
  141. Conclusion About the Four Suggested Paths 124
  142. The Perfect Devotee Portrayed 127
  143. Equanimity – Hallmark of the A wakened 133
  144. Meet Chapter - 13 138
  145. Field and Its Knower 142
  146. Integral Constituents of Ksetra (Field) 147
  147. Elements of Knowledge and Techniques of Practice 154
  148. Objective of Knowledge – Truth Described 160
  149. Relationship Between Spirit and Matter-I 167
  150. Relationship Between Spirit and Matter-II 171
  151. Paths of Self-Knowledge 176
  152. Gains from Self-Knowledge 182
  153. Glory of the Awakening Knowledge of the Field and Knower of the Filed 187
  154. Meet Chapter - 14 192
  155. Gunas – The Driving Force Behind the Spirit Functioning in Matter 199
  156. Symptoms of the Three Gunas as They Express Through an Individual 205
  157. Fruits of Action According to Each of the Three Gunas 210
  158. Transcending Gunas 215
  159. Characteristics of a Gunatita 221
  160. Beyond Gunas – Abode of the Self 227
  161. Meet Chapter - 15 231
  162. The Tree of Life Described 235
  163. The Goal Eternal 241
  164. Ego and Self-Realization 247
  165. Manifestations of the Self 253
  166. Lord Beyond the Perishable and the Imperishable 260
  167. Meet Chapter-16 266
  168. Devilish Nature Described 273
  169. Perception of a Materialist and His Foul Motives 279
  170. Characteristics of a Materialist-Evolution Suffered 284
  171. Gateways to Hell and Path to Supreme 290
  172. Meet Chapter - 17 295
  173. Three Types of Faith and How They Reflect in Worship and Tapas 277
  174. Three Types of Preferences in Food 305
  175. Three Types of Sacrifices 310
  176. Sattvic Tapas at the Levels of Body, Mind and Speech 314
  177. Results that Accrue From the Three Types of Taps and Charity 319
  178. Om Tat Sat 324
  179. Discriminating ‘Sat’ and ‘Asat’ 329
  180. Meet Chapter – 18. 33
  181. Types of Tyaga and Indispensability of Action 339
  182. Factors that Constitute Action 345
  183. Impulse and Basis of Action and the Three-Fold Knowledge 350
  184. Three-Fold Nature of Action and Three Types of Doers 355
  185. Three Types of Buddhi and Dhrti 361
  186. Three Types of Happiness 367
  187. Four-Fold Classification of Human Race Based on ‘Svadharma’ and ‘Svabhava’ 372
  188. Abiding in One’s Own Duty-Formula for Perfection 379
  189. Techniques of Meditation 385
  190. Surrender Unto Him 391
  191. Conditions for a Successful Seeker 398
  192. Instructions for Dissemination of Knowledge 404
  193. Marvellous Revelations of a Liberating Philosophy 410
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