Man in the Making

Man in the Making
‘Man in the Making’ is a reference to myself and my journey of self-improvement to becoming a better person. A podcast seemed like the ideal way to share the knowledge of former monk Rajan Shankara, which has the capacity to change lives for the better. New episode every Wednesday. For any help/questions/enquiries email: [email protected]

How to Make Better Decisions - with Helena Hollis and Rajan Shankara
Feb 19 • 48 min
In this week’s episode, Rajan and Rokas are joined by Helena Hollis, Founder and CEO of Cocoridge Coconut Water. The group talks about how people see the world of decisions, how to make better ones, and the process in getting that started. For more info…
The Book of Five Rings: The Wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi
Feb 12 • 55 min
00:11 - Question from a listener; 06:45 - Introduction to Miyamoto Musashi; 09:49 - Beginning of reading; Join the Man in the Making Community through: ( To…
The Domestication of the Subconscious: from The Four Agreements by Don Ruiz
Feb 5 • 60 min
A snippet from the text read in the episode: “The reward is the attention that we got from our parents or from other people like siblings, teachers, and friends. We soon develop a need to hook other people’s attention in order to get the reward. The…
On The Shortness of Life: The Wisdom of Seneca - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Jan 29 • 36 min
One of the most difficult problems to face is our mortality, but if we were able to overcome the fear of all fears, what can’t we overcome? The essay covered in this episode provides a different perspective to time and life, with the basis that life is…
Discourses: The Wisdom of Epictetus - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Jan 22 • 45 min
In this episode Rajan reads and breaks down chapters 1-3 of The Discourses of Epictetus. Visit our Facebook community: (
The Stuff Of Manhood: The Wisdom of Robert Speer - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Jan 15 • 39 min
In this episode Rajan reads from Robert Elliot Speer’s lecture, The Stuff of Manhood. Visit our Facebook community: (
Self-Made Men: The Wisdom of Frederick Douglass - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Jan 8 • 37 min
The first episode of season 2 for Man in the Making just dropped, and the episode was a blast to record. We cover the powerful 1872 speech “Self Made Men” one of history’s most effective leaders and one of Rajan’s biggest role models, Frederick Douglass.…
Future of the Podcast and Recap of Season 1 - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Dec 11, 2019 • 17 min
Episode 1 of Season 2 is scheduled to be released on the 8th January 2020. To interact with like-minded people feel free to join the ‘Man in the Making Podcast Community” on Facebook. Contact - [email protected] for any questions/ enquiries
How Monks Deal with Negative Emotions - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Dec 4, 2019 • 30 min
Timestamp: 3:00 – Discrimination; 5:05 – Is it going to hurt someone, is it going to hurt you, is it going to damage something?; 6:20 - Detachment; 9:38 – Dispassion; 13:50 – You do not have to avoid the moments of darkness and despair; 15:34 – A quote…
Mitigating Depression and Suicidal Thoughts and Overcoming the Pain and Suffering of Life - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Nov 27, 2019 • 30 min
This episode is aimed to help people who have close friends or family members who are suffering, or are in that state themselves.
Guide to a Powerful Routine: The 7 Levels of Self-Development - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Nov 20, 2019 • 68 min
This episode is structured to be a practical guide to practising discipline and self-development. Timestamp: 00:21 – Background; 02:55 – Waking up early; 21:09 – Meditation; 26:24 – Reading; 34:24 – Writing/ Journaling; 39:56 – Movement & Nutrition; 50:18…
The Discourse on Discipline - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Nov 13, 2019 • 28 min
This episode is part 1 of a 2 part series relating to Self-development and Self-discipline. To find out more about Rajan, go to his website: (
Understanding Self-actualization and Self-realization - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Nov 6, 2019 • 26 min
The following is covered in this episode: Definition of self-actualization, self-realization and the detachment of the ego, Abraham Maslow’s eight ways to self-actualize and the characteristics of self-actualizing people, self-exploration and action,…
Energy Management Part 2: Think in Terms of Energy, Frequency and Vibrations - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Oct 30, 2019 • 12 min
This episode is entered around the following: manipulating energy directly and indirectly, the importance of silence, shum meditation, and Nikola Tesla’s quotes “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and…
Energy Management Part 1: Ways to Manage Your Energy - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Oct 23, 2019 • 25 min
The following is covered in this week’s episode: Definition of energy and the energy equation, observing your energy expenditure, what depletes and increases energy, practical application of energy (Discrimination, Detachment, and Dispassion), what to…
Understanding Chaos and Order and the Consequences of Resisting Responsibility- with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Oct 16, 2019 • 24 min
Episode 4 is centred around: Consequences of resisting responsibility, nihilism, importance of delaying immediate gratification, what the mythological dragon of chaos is, and the 3 questions to ask yourself in preparation to slay that mythological dragon.
Deconstructing Fear and Stress - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Oct 9, 2019 • 24 min
This week’s episode captures the realities of social anxiety, why they exist and how we fix them.
The Definition of a Man and the Significance of Responsibility - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Oct 4, 2019 • 8 min
This episode is centred around the definition of a man; why responsibility is so important to the bigger picture; and what it means to take care of others.
Understanding and Cultivating the Mind - with Former Monk Rajan Shankara
Sep 26, 2019 • 32 min
This episode focuses on understanding and cultivating the mind through an interview with Rajan Shankara, a former 12 year Hindu monk. Timestamp: 00:00 - Introduction 00:50 - The 5 Levels of the Mind 14:32 - How to stay present in the moment 17:10 - About…