Wisdom to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Peace!!

Author: Robin S Sharma. Publication: - Jaico Publishing House (In arrangement with Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. Toronto, Canada.) Distributed by: - India Book Distributors (Bombay) Ltd. Print: 2005 Price: Rs.175 Pages: 198
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Vishal Kumar

The main character returns to his old law firm and to his protagonist John. It focuses on the benefits of good health.com.the corner office. women…. Robin Sharma holds 2 law degrees including a Masters of Law and has had a distinguished career as a litigation lawyer. This book is written with this basic purpose in mind. He comes to live life in a much different way. they do not have health to enjoy all this. with the West. We remain highly busy is achieving goals and money. It fold open to us many wisdom from ancient time. then the rest of the book explains the parable and how it relates to different aspects of our lives. . Today’s world is running very fast and therefore most the people are not able to get time for their own betterment. The Surfer and The CEO. About the Author: Robin Sharma is a world-renowned authority on organizational and personal leadership. Yet he is challenged by the monk who has trained him to go back home and share the message he has learnt. however we forget to consider about health. but unfortunately. This is beautifully dealt through the story of a lawyer who appears to have it all . the life style. which was the #1 selling book in the world at amazon. He tells him a parable.then he gives it all up and tours the East. when people have everything in world. The Saint.Overview: The monk who sold his Ferrari is a fable that tries to give some unique lesson for living a healthy and fulfilling life. This book also gives emphases on ancient wisdom which is available to sages. the cars. At a time. The widely acclaimed author of seven #1 international bestsellers including the million-copy blockbuster The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. While there he comes across this strange monk and monastery.

His bestseller “Who Will Cry When You Die?” was listed as one of the “10 Best Leadership Books” by The Globe and Mail and Leadership Wisdom from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari written in 1999 has been used as a handbook for professional excellence and success by numerous Fortune 500 CEOs.Robin Sharma is also the Chief Visionary Officer of Sharma Leadership International Inc. Suddenly he has to come terms with the unexpected effects of his unbalanced lifestyle. who is a friend as well as co-worker of Julian. a grand mansion in a neighborhood inhabited by celebrities. During this journey he learns the value time as the most important commodity and how to cherish relationships. Julian’s spark of life begins to flicker. He begins by describing Julian’s flamboyant . a very successful lawyer was the epitome of success. a private jet. narrates the story. Summary: This well crafted story by Robin S Sharma is the tale of Julian Mantle. develop joyful thoughts and live fully. a widely respected coaching services firm whose mission is to grow leaders and help organizations become extraordinary. The New York Times and other national publications. He is a well-known media personality who has appeared in TIME Magazine.. The eleven chapters are meticulously planned and flow seamlessly from one to the next. a summer home on a tropical island and his prized possession a shiny red Ferrari parked in the center of his driveway. one day at a time. John. a lawyer brought face to face with a spiritual crisis. He had achieved everything most of us could ever want: professional success with a seven figure income. Julian Mantle. He embarks on a life-changing odyssey and discovers the ancient culture of India.

who was now a cynical older lawyer. Julian refused to meet any of his friends and colleagues at the hospital. His obsession with work has caused this heart attack. Julian describes Sivana. sweating and shivering. how he met the sages of Sivana who had a life changing effect on him. beautiful glowing faces. fresh and exotic fruits. his exaggerated courtroom theatrics. the great lawyer collapses in the courtroom. placid blue waters with white lotuses floating.lifestyle. his Ferrari too) and left for India. Three years passed without any news from Julian. youth and vitality. At fifty-three he looked seventy and had lost his sense of humor. The last few years Julian had worked day and night without caring about his mental and physical health. That helped him become a very rich and successful lawyer but took a toll on his health and mental state. had been miraculously transformed into a healthy man with physical vitality and spiritual strength. One fine day he quit his law firm and took off without saying where he was headed. in the past three years. One day he paid a visit to his friend and former colleague John. Julian Mantle. Julian Mantle shares his story of transformation.a small place located in the Himalayas. The author tells us about Julian’s Indian odyssey. the land of rose covered huts. Following his heart attack Julian Mantle had sold all his property (Yes. 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 . his secrets of a happy and fulfilling life with his friend John. which regularly made the front pages of newspapers and his late night visits to the city’s finest restaurants with sexy young models. But Julian.

At the end he asks John to spread these secrets for the benefit of other people. Julian leaves. never to sacrifice happiness for achievements and to savor the journey of life and live each day as his last one. He asks John to embrace the present and live in the present .“Now”. He talks about setting and following our own purpose and teaches John the ancient art of self-leadership with techniques such as “do the things you fear” and “the 5 step method for attaining goals”.secrets of a happy and fulfilling life. He narrates to John the fable that contained the seven virtues for a life abundant with inner peace. Julian teaches John the virtue of selflessness in serving others. He tells John how to cultivate the mind and how to use setbacks for expanding knowledge of the self. Critical Analysis: Life is no brief candle for me. and I want it to burn as brightly as possible before . He describes techniques such as “the ancient rule of 20” and “the vow of silence”. He teaches how to focus on the priorities and thereby maintain a balance and simplify life. He waxes eloquent about the value of self-discipline and respect for time. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold for the moment. Embracing John like the brother he never had. He gives examples that prove that willpower is the essential virtue of a fully actualized life. joy and a wealth of spiritual gifts. He tells John the techniques that he learned from Yogi Raman on how to master our minds with simple techniques like “the heart of rose technique” and “the secret of lake technique”.

This is a book of self-help but at a glance it does not look so. It’s only when we feel .George Bernard Shaw This is the powerful message the book begins with. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is certainly a gem. This was rightly stated as unless we have mastered the art of loving ourselves we cannot love others. Seldom as human have had we realized the importance of this life. It also focuses on striking a work-life balance. We conjure ourselves to the quotidian of life. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.handling it to the future generation. or any kindness that I can show to any of my fellow mates let me do it now. As we go along the pages trying to read between lines we feel that how we ourselves are responsible for self-annihilation. enjoying thoroughly each and every moment. Any good. ----. being together with our family and laughing at every small bit . unimportant little people on this earth and try to help this world as much as we can in our short span of time here. We should always realize that we are humble. To quote: “Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make”. We adhere so much to the worldly desires and its happenings that the small cherishing moments mean nothing to us. The book succeeds in its objective of making the readers aware of the true potent of this life. we hardly wait to pay heed to these. We forget that its not money that we live for. Running as cats and dogs for material pleasure we forget the importance of life. The book chiefly focuses on self-actualization. therefore I can do. I expect to pass through this place but once. we live for being we.

Pink wire cable symbolizing Discipline. Sumo wrestler symbolizing Constant Improvement. The same happens with negative re-enforcement. The uses of stories or parables that awaken understanding in the reader derive their power in this way. This book also focuses on Re-enforcement. Positive thinking is the key. Roses symbolizing Charity and Service. Winding path of diamonds symbolizing Embracing the Present. However after reading the story the reader is then left with the question of what to do with this awakened understanding. Stopwatch symbolizing Time. The book depicts some timeless principles and priceless virtues with a very unusual example. Lighthouse symbolizing Purpose. if we keep repeating negative ideas it gets struck deep inside and hinders our growth. Garden symbolizing The Mind. It simply says that if we keep repeating things we want to do daily we somehow try and make it true. This book deals with several virtues and ideas but amongst them is a structure of practical changes that have the potential to profoundly change our outlook and achievements. Such an anecdote is not often.centered and alive then we come in a position to be a better person. how do they actually change? The alternative approach is to provide a change instruction .

the result is the mindless application of prescribed rituals. and practical lessons that teach us to: • Develop Joyful Thoughts . This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage. or the rejection of them. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari effectively expresses ancient truths in a modern idiom. he discovers powerful.manual which prescribes changes in the hope that these then create change from which new understanding will follow. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle. a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. The danger here is that unless understanding is changed. and joy. The corporatevariety or the workaholics would do well to read and give their life a better shape and meaning. wise. Conclusion: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari imaginatively reiterates the ancient truths of Sivanan philosophy in a very forceful manner. Through the simple and yet effective techniques like “the heart of rose” and “the secret of lake” one could develop better control on ones mind and thus can control ones thought. abundance. This book attempts to bridge these two approaches. A wonderfully crafted fable. Students and others can also look forward to build a daily-schedule and develop positive thinking in every aspect. balance.

A must read! . One Day at a Time.• • • • • 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.

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