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'Mantramai Jeevan' for mankind: A book review by a reader
The 150-page book on selected Ved mantras with an elucidation by Sudha Sawant is a gift by the Arya Samaj to Mankind for betterment of human life, lessening of tensions all around and showing the correct path to those who have lost the track.

Ved mantras are indeed comprehensive in dealing with problems of human life and showing the way to their solutions. It is not a magic wand but it beckons both the young and old alike to show them the path to attaining Social Efficiency.

“Back to the Vedas”, that was the clarion call given by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati in the 19th century India. He founded the Arya Samaj in 1875 in Mumbai and evolved ten principles in 1877 in Lahore for the betterment of human life. Sudha Sawant, writer of the book, Mantrmai Jeevan, has picked up the thread from the Vedic Thought enunciated by the Renaissance Rishi, Dayanand Saraswati in his major treatise, Satyarth Prakash and presented them in simple Hindi of today to readers of all ages, especially the new generation, the Youth.

The road rage galore and killing of man by a fellow man because of anger unbridled, an abnormal rise in sexual offences, infringement of social obligations and not giving space to younger boys and girls in the family by the patriarch sets the authoress thinking. She travels on the road leading to the the enormous knowledge about running a family, a society and easing social tensions for enjoying life contained in our literature of yore. Rishis and other men of learning had seen through the chasm in community living and found a way to bridge the widening gap here, there and everywhere.

With her knowledge of Sanskrit language and literature, Sudha Sawant found an easy access to Vedic Vangmai or gems of knowledge contained in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other works of art and literature that make a man’s living in the human society as easy as breathing effortlessly. Of course, different articles written by Sudha at different times have been put in place in a book form that makes reading effortless and enjoyable. 

The book “Mantrmai Jeevan” also contains a chapter on Rani of Jhansi, Lakshmi Bai, to enthuse and encourage young girls of today to take on the enemy of the nation even at the cost of losing life. Never mind, the road to Martyrdom is not strewn with rose petals but is indeed the gateway to the Hall of Fame.

The crowning achievement of Sudha Sawant is her magnanimity in making her book available free of cost to the Brahmcharis of Gurukulas, the student community of higher secondary schools, teachers of all schools and colleges and libraries visited by both the young and the old. Of course, only those who have a reading habit should ask for a free copy of the book so that it does not find its way to the dustbin unread. She implores prospective readers to read and pass on to those who need to read.

Life is rosy. Life is cheerful. There is no place for depression and negativity in a human life. If anyone feels a little low, do reach for Mantramai Jeevan to change track from depression to optimism.

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