Oct 16

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma’s international bestseller, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, is the story of Julian Mantle’s journey to enlightenment from a fast-paced aimless life. Julian Mantle is a brilliant lawyer whose work and lifestyle leads him to an almost fatal heart attack. Despite his success, his endless work hours, indulgence to expensive restaurants, wine and Cuban cigars left him a wandering lonely man with no purpose.

After a surviving a major heart attack during his courtroom trials, Julian decides to sell all his precious assets and his most beloved Ferrari to search for fulfillment and purpose in his life. His journey begins in India where he learns about the Sages of Sivana. With persistence, he finds the mystical sages and meets Yogi Raman, his mentor. Yogi Raman teaches him the techniques to control his mind, find his purpose and shape his destiny. Julian returns from the Himalayas to share his experience with his former apprentice, John, to fulfill his commitment to share the knowledge and wisdom he gained in Sivana.

“In life, there are no mistakes – only lessons.” That’s one of the best lines from Sharma’s monk. The book overflows with similar memorable quotes you would love to post on your refrigerator door or your reminder board in the office.

The book’s worth lies in the methods it details in order to achieve the goals established for personal enlightenment. The regular meditation and the dream book are those definitely worth trying. Even psychology experts acknowledge the benefits of meditation to calm and soothe the nerves and Einstein attests that writing down important data is one of the secrets to his achievements as the mind remembers better that which its hand puts in writing.

What I find difficult in the book is the tedious lecture that Sharma has chosen. The entire essence of the book is in the overnight discussion between Julian Mantle and his apprentice where he alternates explaining the process of enlightenment along with fables and his insights on life. Sharma used the teacher-student lecture in almost the entire length of his book. For readers who rely mostly on their active imagination, it is a difficult book to finish considering that it is only about 200 pages long.

Despite the tedious read, the book is still worthy of acclaim. Most of us wander aimlessly just trying to get through our daily tasks. Sharma offers readers an answer that may provide contentment and peace in our chaotic life. Just like the monk says, always try to empty your cup.

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