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Reviewed by Deepak Menon for Readers' Favorite
Mirror for the Mind: A Tribute to the Wisdom of Humanity by Dara Sanandaji is an extraordinary achievement. The book starts with a reflection and continues at express speed, bombarding the reader's mind with reflections that preclude a quick read. Each adage, proverb, or quote in the book warrants thought and digestion. The author has penned scores of reflections on myriad facets of human thought and imagination. Each reflection may well be expanded and extrapolated into a virtual tome of philosophical thought or presented as a complete examination of the human psyche. The topics mentioned by the adages in the book spread outward like the spokes of a wheel. They radiate to cover reflections on destiny, the spiritual capacity of the human mind, fear, and pain. The reflections are also about choosing who to fight – the person or his idea? The author adroitly includes reflections that gently direct the reader to the examination of the 'self', to look inward and examine oneself by looking into a virtual mirror to arrive at the true insights of different perspectives.
The author does not waste any time in verbose explanations of the reason for writing Mirror for the Mind. Nothing in this book can be taken lightly and once a reflection in the book is read, it would be sacrilege not to apply its message to one's own journey through life. It is difficult to choose a memorable passage from among hundreds, so I place one I chose by random selection for you to digest. 'A true thought revolution evolves with neither bullets nor bombs. It requires not shouting, protesting, or slander. Rather, the most direct trail to human happiness is marked by the selflessly trodden ground of honesty, respect, dignity, and compassion.' Dara Sanandaji deserves accolades for this tremendous compilation – whether these belong to the public domain or his own thoughts or the reflections of unknown people remains in obscurity since the source has not been mentioned. The sheer depth of wisdom in the book deserves a glowing 5 stars, which I gladly award.