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How to Shape the Personality
How to Shape the Personality

How to Shape the Personality

by Swami Atmashraddhananda

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Sri Ramakrishna Math


9788178235509 - Year: 2012 - Pages: 352



Swami Atmashraddhananda
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Author: Swami Atmashraddhananda
Swami Yatiswarananda/Several Contributors
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math
Year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 352
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178235509


From a commonsense viewpoint, human personality has two aspects: visible and invisible.

The visible side of our personality matters, of course, but it can play only a limited role in life. This visible personality consists of our face, height, dress, hairstyle, the vocabulary that we use, our etiquetters (or the lack of it), our body language, our movements nd so on. The first impression of a person is this visible personality. Though one should try to cultivate and narture one's visible personality to a certain measure, one should remember that one's visible personality is only a tip of the iceberg.

The invisible side of the personality lies much deeper. Referring to it, Swamiji says that there are many things happening in our life and man is, as it were, a centre, and is attracting all the powers of the universe towards himself, and in this centre is fusing them all and again sending them off in a big current. Such a centre is the real man-the almighty, the omniscient-and he draws the whole universe towards him. Good and bad, misery and happiness, all are running towards him and clinging round him; and out of them he fashions the mighty stream of tendency called character and throws it outwards. As he has the power of drawing in anything, so has he the power of throwing it out.

For all practical purposes, our invisible personality lies in our unseen convictions and perceptions, our self-concept, principles, ethical purity-the sum total of our samskaras.

Personality development is the key to all progress and happiness. Swami Vivekananda said, ‘Men, men these are wanted; everything else will be ready’. In other words, he wanted men with a well-developed personality, full of all noble virtues such as sincerity, unselfishness and purity of heart.

How to Shape the Personality describes various aspects, methods and ways of Personality Development. Contains 30 thought-provoking articles by monks and lay writers, actively involved in teaching and implementing different aspects of Personality Development.

We are sure the book will prove useful to all students, teachers and others interested in this subject.


What we want is to see the man who is harmoniously developed … great in heart, great in mind, [great in deed]…. We want the man whose heart feels intensely the miseries and sorrows of the world…. And [we want] the man who not only can feel but can find the meaning of things, who delves deeply into the heart of nature and understanding. [We want] the man who will not even stop there, [but] who wants to work out [the feeling and meaning by actual deeds]. Such a combination of head, heart, and hand is what we want.
= Swami Vivekananda



1. Shaping the Personality by Swami Atmashraddhananda

2. ‘Men, Men, These Are Wanted’ by Swami Vivekananda

3. Integrating the Personality by Swami Yatiswarananda

4. From Individuality to Personality by Swami Ranganathananda

5. Profile of a Perfect Person by Swami Bhaskarananda

6. Development of Personality-Its Importance by Swami Gautamananda

7. Self-Development According to Vedanta by Swami Atmarupananda

8. Building a Healthy Personality by Swami Brahmeshananda

9. Developing a Complete Personality by Swami Satyarupananda

10. Dimensions of Human Personality by Swami Atmavidananda

11. A Journey in Personality Development by Ashwani Kumar and Debajit Das

12. Role of Meditation in Personality Development by Swami Nityasthananda

13. Catching Them Young by Swami Abhiramananda

14. Sri Krishna’s Example for Developing a Great Personality by Prema Nandakumar

15. Hanuman, an Ideal Personality by K Subrahmanyam

16. Total Personality Development by Swami Nikhileswarananda

17. Parents’ Role in Moulding Children’s Personality by Swami Muktidananda

18. Healthy Personality by K Raghothama Rao

19. Service Ideal and Personality Development by V Seshadri

20. Personality Development: Lessons from Ramayana and Mahabharata by Vijay Menon

21. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind and a Healthy Personality by Swami Satyeshananda

22. Personal Excellence in Corporate World by M. Sivaramkrishna

23. Personality Development: Guidelines from the Holy mother by Swami Amartyananda

24. Swami Vivekananda-The Master Yogi by N V C Swamy

25. The Matrix and the Marshmallow Swami Sarvapriyananda

26. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs by Cyberspace

27. Developing the Personality to Face Life by Swami Bodhamayananda

28. Significance of Personality Development for a Student by M Pramod Kumar

29. A Fulfilling Mission by Tanushree Sengupta

30. True Leader is ‘a Servant of Servants’ by Swami Vivekananda

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