A Seeker: What books should i read for Self-knowledge?

Ramana Maharshi: The Self is the real book.

You can glance anywhere in that book.

Nobody can take it away from you.

Whenever you remember, turn towards the Self.

Thereafter you may read what you like.


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Seven Habits of Highly Fulfilled People

Journey from Success to Significance

Personhood Press, CA. –Sept. 2012
Manjul Publishing House, Bhopal, India—March, 2014.

This book is about transforming our search for success into a discovery of profound meaning and significance for our life. This journey to “significance,” which is cultivated from within, is not about “acquiring” anything new; it is a matter of “re-discovering” what we already have.

This book presents seven gifts as habits of mind geared toward attaining lasting fulfillment ~gifts of pure motivation, gratitude, generosity, selfless service, harmlessness, acceptance, and presence. In order to live a profoundly significant life, we have to share these gifts with others. Paradoxically, in sharing these gifts with others, we ultimately bestow them on ourselves and unexpectedly discover a life infused with true significance and lasting fulfillment.

If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day—go on a shopping spree.
If you want happiness for a month—go on a honeymoon.
If you want happiness for year—inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime—help someone else.
If you want eternal happiness—Know Yourself!

In short, this book is about a paradigm shift, from I to We.

When we shift from I to We, we transform “I”-llness into “We”-llness.

Two pillars of this book: Self-Knowledge and Self-Less Service.

You make living by what you get; you make life by what you give.

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This book takes as axiomatic that Self-Knowledge is the key to lasting happiness and fulfillment. For without Self-Knowledge one can overlook one’s essential reality, even when completely immersed in it! Anchored in Self-Knowledge, fulfillment becomes more a matter of inner transformation than fixing outer conditions; more a matter of being than having; more a matter of belonging than belongings. It primarily draws upon two timeless streams of thought, Vedanta and Buddhist psychology. Building upon the twin Vedantic principles of Self-Knowledge and Selfless Service, as supported by Buddhist psychology’s teachings on compassion and mindfulness, this book presents time-honored strategies to find lasting happiness and fulfillment in everything we do.

Presenting simple processes that bring lasting fulfillment in all aspects of life, this book underscores the vital difference between success and significance. Drawing upon the time-tested principles of wisdom traditions from all over the world, the “gifts” presented in this book are devoted to leaving something behind in order to enrich one’s existence. Illustrating that where success is external, significance is internal, and where success aims to acquire external objects, significance aims to harness inner qualities, this book teaches that replacing self-centeredness with “other-centeredness” increases a person’s contentment in the community, the workplace, the family, and ultimately the self. Through stories, anecdotes, and powerful quotes, the guide shows that the key to abiding fulfillment lies in changing engrained mental models rather than fixing the outer environment.


Become the Gift You Are!

The Universe is full of self-help books. This isn’t one. A lot of books tell you what you must do to change your conditions. This isn’t one. This book plants you in the present, and then pauses while you take a look around. From there it reminds you of your gifts. You begin your process of rediscovery and remembering at a deep level, then bring to the surface your special gifts. Magic happens when you share your gifts with others.

I suggest you buy three copies. One for yourself and two for friends, then ask each person you have given a book to, once they have read the book, to either buy two more books for their friends or give the original back to you.

Amazon Customer on July 4, 2013


This is an important book and one of the few that can really change your life for good

I not only enjoyed reading this book – it is not overstated when I say it changed my life significantly and gave me guidance to a more meaningful life….I cannot thank you enough for helping me to change my view of the world in this way. It is a great book that I already have and further will recommend to many people.

best regards,
Dr. Arne Petermann on December 16, 2013


A joy to read and a MUST READ for any entrepreneur!

I stumbled upon this wonderful book whilst at my local library. This book was an absolute joy to read! Mr. Dhiman is thoughtful, well-read and has synthesized the writings of countless writers, leaders, poets and philosophers in an extremely coherent and satisfying way. I was left feeling as though no stone was left unturned and that any individual who is striving for “success” MUST read this book to ensure that he or she is not ‘barking up the wrong tree’ and trying to feed the rampant ego in its constant striving for “more”. Dhiman points to the need for leaders and those who are hungry for success to examine themselves and their own motivations, and realize that success in its material form alone does not fully satisfy any person and can in fact lead to a sense of misery and emptiness. To quote Einstein, “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”

By Paulina Krajewski on January 13, 2015

Professor Satinder Dhiman, PhD, EdD, currently serves as a Professor of Management and as the Associate Dean, Chair, and Director of the MBA Program at Woodbury University’s School of Business in Burbank, California.  He has completed advanced Executive Leadership Programs at Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton. Recipient of several teaching and professional honors, Dr. Dhiman also won ACBSP’s prestigious International Teaching Excellence Award (2004), Steven Allen’s Award for Educational Excellence (2006).  Dr. Dhiman has published research with his colleagues in various eminent international journals and has authored and co-authored ten management and leadership books, including his forthcoming book entitled Gandhi and Leadership: New Horizons in Exemplary Leadership. His recent book, Seven Habits of Highly Fulfilled People: Journey from Success to Significance (2012/2014), is about transforming our search for success into a discovery of profound meaning and significance. Dr. Dhiman has served as a Chair and member of ACBSP Peer Review Team (PRT) and also serves as an ACBSP mentor to several universities in the USA, Europe, and India. He has been recently appointed as the President of International Chamber for Service Industry (ICSI).

Gandhi and Leadership

New Horizons in Exemplary Leadership

Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY. –July 2015.

From the pages of recent history, Gandhi emerges as a grand strategist and exemplary leader with a keen understanding of human nature. His leadership style was “follower-centric” and “contextual.” In Gandhi and Leadership, Professor Dhiman explores the moral and spiritual-philosophical foundations and context of Gandhi’s approach to leadership. What sets this work apart is its special emphasis on the spiritual and moral mainstay of his leadership. Dhiman reveals how Gandhi, beginning as a “one-man boundary force,” became “a century’s conscience.”

Applying a values-based approach, Dhiman explores and unravels the leadership secrets of Gandhi based on the tenets of truth, nonviolence, humility, self-discipline, and selfless service. In this work—containing a seminal foreword from Arun Gandhi, Gandhi’s grandson—perceptive insights are offered into Gandhi’s philosophy and the impact it has on the field of leadership today.

Leading Spiritually

10 Effective Approaches to Workplace Spirituality

Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, December 2014. (with Marques)

This book brings together two long-term diverging notions about workplace spirituality, religious and non-religious. Leading Spiritually reviews workplace spirituality from revered streams such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism, but also from a stance of personal reflection, self-leadership, and powerful interpersonal relationships. Over the course of ten chapters, a team of expert authors address concepts such as interconnectedness, morality, trust, collaboration, insight, communication, self-realization, evolution, gratitude, and wisdom. Each chapter highlights key elements of meaningful, constructive performance from a different angle, contributing to a multi-faceted view of spiritual performance. Specific attention has been allotted to an effective balance between theory and practice, making this work appealing for scholars, students, and practitioners.

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Business Administration Education: Changes in Management and Leadership Strategies. Palgrave-MacMillan, New York, NY –August 2012 (with Marques and Holt)

Teaching Leadership and Organizational Behavior through Humor: Laughter as the Best Teacher: Palgrave-MacMillan, New York, NY – October, 2012. (with Marques and Biberman)

Stories to Tell Your OB Students. Palgrave-MacMillan, New York, NY – October, 2011. (with Marques and Biberman)

From Me to We: Transforming Ourselves to greater Awareness. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA, March/April 2011. (with Marques and King)

Managing the 21st Century: Exercises for Spiritual Growth. Palgrave-MacMillan, New York, NY – February, 2011. (with Marques and Biberman)

The Workplace and Spirituality: New Perspectives in research and Practice. SkyLight Paths, Woodstock, VT.- Published—2009. (with Marques and King)

Spirituality In The Workplace: What It Is, Why It Matters, How To Make It Work For You? Personhood Press, USA—2007. (with Marques and King)

Management Accounting. Pradeep Publishers. India—1987. (with Katyal)

Forthcoming Books

Holistic Leadership: A New Paradigm for 21st Century Leaders. Palgrave-MacMillan, USA: Summer 2016.

Spirituality and Sustainability: New Horizons and Exemplary Approaches. Springer, USA: Summer 2016. (with Marques and Mitroff)

Leadership Today – Practices for Personal and Professional Performance. Springer, USA: Spring 2016. (with Marques)

Leadership Secrets of Lao Tzu. Planned for publication, Fall 2017. (Art Work by Nan Rae)

Enlightenment is an accident, but practice makes you accident-prone.

~A Zen Saying