The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari -by Robin Sharma

Posted: February 9, 2008 in book review, philosophy, self composed

“The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is an inspiring tale that describes a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. It is a kind of handbook for personal fulfillment in the present hectic age.

Robin Sharma is one of North America’s top keynote speakers on personal leadership and life management. He runs an institute that, conducts leadership and life-enrichment programmes and has authored several books on related subjects.

It is an extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a successful and an overworked lawyer, forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life.
It starts off dramatically with a powerful scene where the protagonist experiences a heart attack in a court battle. He soon realizes that his pace as a lawyer is creating stress that may contribute to his early death if he doesn’t change his direction in life. This wake up call takes him on a spiritual journey to India where he meets three teachers who each impart an important lesson to him. He goes to the Sages of Sivana where he drinks from the fountain of higher knowledge and unlocks the secret of youthful vitality. He soon realizes the meaning of life outside his materialistic goals. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us to: Develop Joyful Thoughts, Follow Our Life’s Mission and Calling, Cultivate Self-Discipline and Act courageously, Value Time as Our Most Important Commodity, Nourish Our Relationships, and Live Fully, One Day at a Time.

Julian, the Monk, imaginatively reiterates the ancient truths of Sivanan philosophy in a very forceful manner and effectively expresses ancient truths in a modern idiom.
Sample a few messages from this book: “There are no mistakes, only lessons”, or “Life pretty much gives you what you ask from it. It is always listening”, or again, “Stop spending so much time chasing life’s big pleasures while you neglect the little ones”, and so on.

The book has innumerable interesting fables and anecdotes. It describes all the wisdoms with remarkable simplicity. Also symbols attached to them, making them easy to remember and assimilate. This is one book that perhaps the corporate-variety or the workaholics would do well to read. Julian Mantle could well be their alter-ego.
In short, the book is a stimulating read.

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