Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review of Life Mantras by 'Saharasri' Subrata Roy Sahara




Book Name         - Life Mantras

Author                  -  

Publisher              - Rupa Publications

Number of Pages - 298

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 4.0


Blurb

"After having gone through the book, you will definitely and convincingly realise that to achieve peace, true happiness, contentment, satisfaction and also to attain continuous progress in life in terms of material gains, respect and love, you need not depend on anybody in this world. It all depends on you. It is all in your hands."—‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara
"Nobody does anything for anyone. All do for themselves either for more and more material gains or to save and escape from any kind of material losses or from mental-emotional dissatisfaction or for getting more and more mental-emotional satisfaction. Therefore, no one sacrifices for anyone. When no one does anything for anyone, there is no justification in expecting any returns."
The author goes on to explain that to make life truly beautiful, one also needs to understand the basic truths with which we are born or the basic instincts inherent in us all. So for a positive outcome one has to learn the psychological or the emotional aspects of life, in other words, the realities of life or the entire philosophy of life. As you get immersed in the potent energy of these 'Life Mantras', you will slowly find a change, a sense of fulfillment, a self-motivation coming in you. You will thus be led to the ultimate realization that the journey of life is indeed a truly blissful and an enlightening experience.


My Review

Experience is the best teacher. A person with life experience can provide more education that any highly qualified professional. Because these professional will be able to teach us, make us literate but will not educate us if they don't have life experience.  Author of Life Mantras is one such educator. His life story has been a roller coaster ride with most variations. This made him qualified to teach us the mantra's for attaining a peaceful, happy and content life. It all lies in you.

Unlike many other books about spirituality and philosophy, Life Mantras is applied philosophy. Author explained each point with such examples that any laymen can relate to. He has made sure to make it so simple that every single person will be forced to read on and on.

Simplicity in description is the greatest virtue of the book. Author forces s to let go off our ego and let us shed the persona of pseudo sacrifices and obligations. The book makes us view life through a different kaleidoscope. Author shatters the general conception attainment of spiritual enlightenment is possible only for those who are content with his life.

Some of the examples were unilateral, assuming that someone will act in a particular way in a particular situation. Another side of the story could have also been shown.

Nevertheless I can assure you that  by the end of the book, you will be receptive, content and enlightened in a way that you never expected.

Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author



Subrata Roy Sahara (born 1948) popularly known as 'Saharasri', is one of the most successful, bold, vociferous and talked-about figures of corporate India. When he laid the foundation of Sahara India Pariwar in 1978 with a capital of `2,000 (about $32) and three workers, who would have imagined his company's meteoric rise to a worth of `1,80,000 crore (about $27 billion) within a span of thirty-seven years! A teacher, guide and a proud guardian to his over 1.2 million fellow workers, he ascribes his success to his philosophy of 'Collective Materialism' which means continuous collective growth for collective sharing and caring. Renowned institutions like Harvard School of Business, USA; the Indian Institutes of Technology; the Indian Institutes of Management; and Banaras Hindu University have invited him to address their faculty and students, besides which, a host of awards have been bestowed on him that include the 'Indian Business Icon of the Year' at the Powerbrands Hall of Fame Awards in London; the Doctor of Business (honoris causa) by the University of East London; and the highest honorary degree, 'D. Litt.' by the Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Bihar for his contributions in various fields.