Mirror for the Mind

A Tribute to the Wisdom of Humanity

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
143 Pages
Reviewed on 04/18/2022
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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.

K.C. Finn

Mirror for the Mind: A Tribute to the Wisdom of Humanity is a work of non-fiction in philosophical thinking and spiritual subgenres. It is intended for the general reading audience and was penned by author Dara Sanandaji. Arranged as a series of short adages that total more than 1300 nuggets of wisdom, the collection certainly delivers on its promise to give a wide-reaching tribute to humanity’s creative, positive, and philosophical thinking. With a quote for every occasion and ideas that will suit many different perspectives on the world in which we live, the idea of holding up a mirror to our own thinking is the consistent and inspiring theme throughout.

Compiling a book with such an extensive collection of wisdom from different walks of life is a time-consuming process, but it’s clear that author Dara Sanandaji has also put a lot of thought into every single page of this compilation. One of the particular uses that I could envision for this book would be for those who speak to community groups on a regular basis, such as religious leaders, teachers, youth group leaders, and those in support group practices, because every adage presents an interesting jumping-off point for a conversation, or to inspire a sermon or expression. Writers and artists will surely also find it useful as a prompt book, where every page has so many new ideas waiting to be explored and expressed. Overall, I’d say that Mirror for the Mind is a handy work bound to inspire and get people talking, and one I’ll be keeping to hand from now on.

Philip Van Heusen

Dara Sanandaji is a young philosopher who wrote Mirror for the Mind to share his words of wisdom. This succinct book is composed of 1312 bits of wisdom. These jewels cover every topic you can imagine. For instance, Dara mentions that the basis for peace and harmony is finding common ground. Finding common ground can bring peace to any situation. Unfortunately, too often, mankind divides over differences instead of things they hold in common. He also points out that it is essential to learn when to listen and when to speak. These tidbits of knowledge will help as one navigates the journey of life. As a student of human behavior, Dara obviously observes life. He has summarized life in neat little packages. These pithy sayings are each full of wisdom.

Dara Sanandaji has been a student, a lawyer, a Certified Financial Planner, and a movie director. He has now added author to his list of accomplishments. This well-rounded background has given Dara the experience to share philosophical snippets in Mirror for the Mind. While many philosophical books drone on and on about complex theories, Dara has made each statement easy to understand. Each idea stands alone. Thought #419 is full of wisdom for relationships. Treating your spouse and others well daily will lead to a life of joy. So, if you have a relationship with someone, are seeking peace, or just enjoy life, this book has something you will find helpful. Read this book and grow in your inner life and relationships with others.