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The Monk who sold his Ferrari

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Now days I'm reading, “The Monk who sold his Ferrari”, by Robin S. Sharma.
It’s a story of a lawyer, Julian, very famous, extremely successful and possessing loads of wealth, who abandons all the worldly pleasures to move to the Himalayas of East in search of peace of mind. There he meets the Sages of Sivana who shares with him the key to peaceful and successful life. Finally he returns to his land, and preaches the wisdom he has gained during his sort of exile to his friend and colleague John.
The major part of the book is focused on the teachings of sages of Sivana through the mouth of Julian. The book provides good food for thought and pushes you to think how can you apply those theories to your own life? The book is not the one which you can read at one go. If you really want to enjoy the book and gain the knowledge from it, try reading it slowly imbibing the overflowing knowledge. It may sound boring at times as there is repetition of concepts but overall it’s a good book.

Some of the concepts which really touched me: live each day as if it’s the last day of your life. Call up everyone you want to, do everything you want to as you would do on the last day of your life. Laugh quite often. Even if you don’t feel like, do it forcefully. And believe me. I tried it and it helps to overcome your anger, bad mood etc. If you want to acquire a new habit, do it without failing at least for 21 days, at the same time and same place. Set your priorities. Spend some time on yourself. Breathe from the stomach. Meditate quite often. Concentrate a lot on self-improvement (practice the art of kaizen- for all those who have read the book). Try to find joy in small little things and enjoy the life (pata nahin kal ho na ho ;-)). And lots more………

So overall I liked the book… but you need to have the patience to read the book. Many a times you will have a great urge to leave the book midway. But read it till the end. It may improve your quality of life.

hi Rajesh
i guess you are perfectly correct when you say that loads of patience are required to read the book,but as far as i read it,it seemed like a good book.......but as they say a books worth is measured only by how much we can learn and practise from it and not by the author or the cost.since it belongs to my roomy so i plan to borrow it soon and finish reading it.    

Yeah it's a good book, the best thing about this book is it's simplicity....    

I've read this book... it has really changed my way of thinking...    

I'll try it....    

By Anonymous Shankar on 11/08/2005 09:34:00 PM

i'll give 8/10....    

By Anonymous Shourabh on 11/08/2005 09:35:00 PM

I have read the book and loved many of the concepts but when it comes to putting them in practise it is a different story.    

as rose says that the novel has changed the way he thinks, iam sure he is planning to leave AIM and join IIM.
moreover his long term plan is to become a BRAHMACHARI and lead the rest of his life as a monk.    

By Anonymous ravi kiran on 11/09/2005 09:42:00 AM

hi rose yaar tu "BRAHMACHARI" banana chahata hai, main toh already hoon.tu bhi meri toli mein shaamil ho jaa, aur saarey AIM key boys ko BRAHMACHARI banatey hai    

By Anonymous tiwari(PLEASE READ) on 11/09/2005 09:51:00 AM

Rose: it do change your life if you follow it..

Shankar: der aaye durust aaye

Shourabh: i'll give 6/10

Mridula: You are absolutely right..... but if we try nothing is impossible..

Ravi and Tiwari: reading this book and following it, does'nt mean that you have to become brahmachari, it gives you the message for your inner happiness....    

I read this book in one Sitting.. I started reading this at 11 in the morning and completed at 9 PM.. I forget to have my lunch on that sunday..It is really an amazing experience.Though many of the ideas he is putting forward are familiar in India,the way he present his ideas is in a very very intelligent one.These ideas will surely surprise the people in west but not to that level for the people in India.

He uses a lot of quotes.. many his own many said by some other scholars....One i like among them is

"There are No mistakes.. Only lessons"    

By Anonymous promod on 11/17/2005 11:02:00 AM

Yeah i like this quote a lot... that's why i use it lot and try to follow it.....

you are very correct that we all very much familiar about all those things what is said but it just some kind of remainder for us to have a look at those ancient knowledge given by our ancestor (which we are forgeting/neglecting)and try to know the truth about life and live it with true values and happiness.    

i had drought this book. here in ktm it avilable in low cost. so i had it. i will read it and then i give my comment.i tell u later about it.    

By Anonymous ram kumar chetri on 6/29/2006 10:37:00 AM

i havnst read this book completely. but i do have a query. according to this book we should know wat we want and should strive for it. but dun u guys think that its bit contradictrory, i mean if i want peace and solitude and want to rest somewhere in lonly place away frm evryone's eye then wat about my parents my family my social duties. we all are caught in shackles of certain responsibility and others expectation which we have to fulfill. so most of the times we are bound to do wat we dont want to do.so finally wat should we do.?    

but ya of course this is true that mind is a great servant but a cruel master    

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