The Sanskrit word Mananam means reflection. The Mananam Series of books is dedicated to promoting the ageless wisdom of Vedanta, with an emphasis on the unity of all religions. Spiritual teachers from different traditions give us fresh, insightful answers to age-old questions so that we may apply them in a practical way to the dilemmas we all face in life. It is published by Chinmaya Mission West, which was founded by Swami Chinmayananda in 1975. 

Swami Chinmayananda pursued the spiritual path in the Himalayas, under the guidance of Swami Sivananda and Swami Tapovanam. He is credited with the awakening of India and the rest of the world to the ageless wisdom of Vedanta. He taught the logic of spirituality and emphasized that selfless work, study, and meditation are the cornerstones of spiritual practice. His legacy remains in the form of books, audio and video tapes, schools, social service projects, and Vedanta teachers who now serve their local communities all around the world.


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Why is peace eluding most people in this restless world and yet we see others who are peaceful despite the world around them. Guruji Swami Tejomayananda says, "The solution is in our hands. It does not depend upon the phenomenal world or the social world. It is totally in our control." 

Peace In A Restless World gives insight into how to lead a peaceful life and let that peace shine forth around us.



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The Sanskrit word Mananam translates as "Reflections upon Truth." Mananam is the spiritual practice of reflecting upon the teachings of the scriptures. By deeply thinking upon the words of the scriptures and through logical reasoning, we can clear the mind of its reslessness and come to recongnize our true nature. The authors in this book show the significance of true reflection. They point out that questioning in a significant approach to gaining any knowledge, for it is only when our doubts have been cleared that we are able to meditate and abide in the knowledge. More...

The authors are: 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.



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The word “devotion” is commonly defined as religious fervor. However, in this book the many authors define devotion as intense love of God. They show that by cultivating devotion we uncover the divine Source of Love within ourselves. Once we tap into this ocean of love within we extend it to every being in creation. With this comes the joy and freedom that is naturally ours. More...

The authors are: 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.


Emotions! We all feel them! But what are they, and how do they affect our daily lives? The authors in this book help us to understand what emotions are and show us many practical means to deal with them. They point out that the only way to calm the “sea of emotions” is by recognizing our spiritual Self and enlivening everything that we do with that vision. Then emotions no longer overpower us and we are able to face life and all its challenges with perfect equanimity. More...

The authors are: 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.


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 daily life into a spiritual practice. We see such service everywhere in nature. The trees, flowers, rivers, the sky, and the sea all give of themselves freely not expecting anything in return. 

Service: An Act of Worship shows that the spirit of service can be creatively used for spiritual realization when we understand that loving and serving all beings is really serving God. Such actions purify our hearts enabling us to see the One Divinity in all. More...

The authors are: 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


All of us have an inborn desire for peace and happiness. But there are times in life that we experience so much inner conflict that peaceful existence just does not seem possible. It is at such times that many of us turn toward the sacred scriptures of the world for guidance. Among the ancient scriptures of India the Bhagavad Gita holds a special place. Rich with spiritual insight and wisdom its message is universal. For centuries it has been a vast source of inspiration to all those seeking spiritual guidance. More...

This illuminating commentary by Swami Tejomayananda  on slected verses from Bhagavad Gita shows how inner wisdom enables us to maintain mental balance while dynamically acting in the world. His teachings are profound, yet simple, but above all relevant in today's world. He guides us on how to base our choices on the vision Oneness and Truth so that we can revitalize and enliven every aspect of our lives. 

Author: Swami Tejomayananda.


Many people refer to life as a journey, and the authors in this book describe how the outer journey of life affects the inner journey of spiritual evolution. The true purpose of life is to realize our divine nature and express it in our day-to-day life. In the Hindu scriptures the human journey has been classified into four stages, each with their duties and disciplines. The authors invite us to discover how harmonizing our everyday duties with the spiritual goal leads to a life filled with inner peace and fulfillment.  More...

The authors are: 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.


What is knowledge? What is wisdom? Can these words be used synonymously? In the spiritual traditions these words have a very deep meaning. The authors in this book help us appreciate the subtle differences between intellectual knowledge and true wisdom. Many examples are given of the lives of saints and sages who embody the divine qualities of true wisdom: joyful humility and unconditional love. More ...  

The authors are: Swami Abhedananda, Shashi Ahluwalia, Swami Chidananda, Swami Chinmayananda, Anthony de Mello, Hazrat Inayat Khan, P. Krishna, Swami Ranganathananda, Sogyal Rinpoche, Swamini Saradapriyananda, Swami Satprakashananda, Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Vivekananda, Susunaga Weeraperuma, and Paramahansa Yogananda.



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