The Monk who sold his Ferrari
It has been since I enrolled at the University of Mauritius that I always wanted to buy and read Robin Sharma‘s ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari‘. In fact I knew about him when he had delivered a conference in 2008 I think at Swami Vivekananda Conference Center, Pailles, Mauritius. (The same event followed when Prof. Philip Kotler came to Mauritius for another talk). Then during @Robin Sharma‘s interview on the MBC, I was very impressed by his personality and I still remember some of his sayings during his interview ‘One of the greatest joy of mine is to be a Father.’
Finally, I got the opportunity to have the book in hands and to read it. As expected, the International Bestseller is a real gem. During my reading I have noted down in my iPhone Notes application, some of the sentences which require profound thinking on it:
As expected, Julian became enormously successful. He achieved everything most people could ever want:
a stellar professional reputation with an income in seven figures,
a spectacular mansion in a neighborhood favored by celebrities,
a private jet,
a summer home on a tropical island,
and his prized possession – a shiny red Ferrari.
Well, I ask myself – is upon the achievement of the above that after which one would ‘enormously successful’ in life?
I thought that, ultimately, life is all about choices. One’s destiny unfolds according to the choices one makes, and I felt certain that the choice that I (Julian Mantle) had made was the right one.
That’s defintely true. For me, life is a bit about living in a flowchart where we arrive in a point in life where we have a decision box in front of us. IF we chose YES, the path of life takes another turn. Similarly in the flowchart there are repeat events with a stopping condition, for eg. Study hard until you earn the qualifications, IF exams fail, THEN work harder to improve, ELSE make yourself more employable.
As he traveled for two more days along the route that he prayed would take him to Sivana, Julian’s thoughts wandered back to his former life. Though he felt entirely liberated from the stress and strain that personified his former world, he did wonder whether he could really spend the rest of his days without the intellectual challenge that the legal profession had offered him since he left Harvard Law School.
I like this paragraph. Julian had invested a lot to build this career and the legal profession is a very challenging one. I wonder whether the damage caused to his Inner world triggered him to sell all his properties and prized belongings (the shiny red Ferrari) in order to find interior peace.
Eager to expand his knowledge of the workings of the mind, body and soul and to attain self-mastery, Julian spent literally every waking moment under the tutelage of Yogi Raman.
Self-Mastery or mastery of the senses is very difficult for the human mind living in the KalYuga.
He (Julian) started noticing the beauty in the most ordinary of things.
This is a very nice sentence. Often, we live in a rush whereby we don’t have the time to just stop for a minute and notice the beauty in most of the ordinary things which surrounds us. We are taken by the pleasure and facility provided by the modern world characterised by fancy gadgets, advanced engineering and heavy usage of energy.
After pausing as if to express disbelief at his own tale, Julian grew philosophical. “I’ve realised something very important, John. The world, and that included my inner world, is a very special place. I’ve also come to see that success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within. There is a huge difference between well-being and being well-off. But I have learned that self-mastery and the consistent care of one’s mind, body and soul are essential to finding one’s highest self and living the life of one’s dreams.How can you care for others if you cannot even care for yourself? How can you do good if you don’t even feel good? I can’t love you if I cannot love myself”