June 03, 2009

Monk Sold Ferrari

Here I'm sharing some thoughts which came into my mind after
reading Robin S Sharma's book titled;
THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI:
A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny.

Review :
I can’t give this book my highest rating for several reasons.
The author is a leadership guru and he only crowded the pages
with all his ideas of improving life, with repeated views.
I couldn't find any classic craft of writing in his book.
But as a book for nourishing our self values,
I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion of several concepts.

About the Fable:
As the subtitle indicates, it's a fable about a well esteemed lawyer,
Julian Mantle with a crazy schedule and a set of priorities that
centered around money and power.
One day he met with a stroke and following his heart attack
Julian Mantle sells all his property (Yes, his Ferrari too)
and left for India. The author tells us about Julian’s Indian odyssey,
how he met the sages of Sivana who had a life changing effect
on him. Julian Mantle shares his story of transformation,
his secrets of a happy and fulfilling life with his friend John.
Julian describes Sivana- a small place located in the Himalayas,
the land of rose covered huts, placid blue waters with white
lotuses floating, youth and vitality, beautiful glowing faces,
fresh and exotic fruits.
He tells John about the sages of Sivana who knew all secrets of
how to live life happily and how to fulfill one’s dreams and
reach one’s destiny. Julian relates his experiences with
yogi Raman the leader of the sages of Sivana and the person
who taught Julian his secrets of a happy and fulfilling life.

Here are some thoughts which I found impressive in this book.
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I decided to listen my heart. My life become so much simpler and
meaningful when I left the baggage of my past behind.
The moment I stopped spending so much time chasing the
big pleasures of life, I began to enjoy the little ones,
like watching the starts dancing in the moonlit sky
or soaking in the sunbeams of a glorious summer morning.
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Those who look outside; DREAMS.
Who looks inside; AWAKENS.
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Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.
It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those
around you.
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Philosphy of Opposition Thinking.
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RUN YOUR OWN RACE.

It doesnt matter what other people say about you.
What is important is what you say to yourself.
Dont be concerned with the judgement of others, as long as you know
what are doing is is right.
You can do whatever you want to do as long as it is correct
according to your conscience and your heart.
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Never get into the petty habbit of measuring yourself-worth
against other people's net-worth.
Every second you spend thinking about someone else's dreams,
you take time away from your own.
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DHARMA: Life's purpose.
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Master Yourself.
How could a person possibly lead a corporation if he cannot even
lead himself? How could you nurture a family if you havent nurture
and care for yourself?
How could you possibly do good if you dont even feel good?

So Master yourself, take care of yourself first.
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When the student is ready to learn the teacher will appear.
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Read, keep on reading.
Books doesnt actually teach anything new.
It simply help you to see what is already within yourself.
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Wake up early morning.
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MANTRA
MAN= Mind
TRA=Freeing
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Live as if today is your last day in this planet.
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When you improve yourself, you are improving the lives of
all those around you.
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Having the courage to say "NO" to the little things in life
will give you the power to say "YES" to to the big things.
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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
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The quality of your life will come down to the quality of your
contribution.
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A person with three solid friends is very wealthy indeed.
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Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
LIVE FOR THE DAY.
Accept the situation as it is. Enjoy every moment.
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BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE
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Share the knowledge you acquired with your friends and family.
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And here with I've started practicing the last point Robin have mentioned :)

I would like to relate this post with my older posts
(State Of Mind and The 'Self'), for additional reading.





2 comments:

Devidas said...

Nice Write up !!!

This book is a truly inspirational one.

Jithu, you have got very good writing and analyzing skills. Keep it up man !!!

Rgds
Das

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