The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

A lawyer collapsed in the middle of court proceedings. Someone performed CPR on him. I had known Julian for 17 years. He was certainly a successful lawyer. He was often very theatrical. I was also a lawyer but I got to work with him. Julian was obsessed with work. Often, he boasted about being able to sleep little. After a while, despite his wealth, I knew that he became obsessed with wealth. Nothing could satisfy him. He was overweight from his hectic lifestyle. Even now, he left that life was empty. A heart attack brought him down to earth.

After recovering from the illness, Julian chose not to return to law. He refused to allow me to visit him at the hospital. Later, Julian headed to India and sold off his possessions. I grew to like my kids and found meaning in taking care for them. One day, I had a visitor and decided to let him in. It was a muscular man in his 30s and he was full of energy. It was Julian. The man appeared in the peak of health now. He was a model of change.

Was it magic that caused the change? He wanted to rekindle a fire. He was intrigued by the customs of Indians. Along with that, came the joy of living. It was time to reconnect with his spiritual self. Julian started lamenting his pathetic past life. India was really an uplifting place. He was lucky enough to meet Yogi Krishnan. That guy was also a lawyer who led a simple life. He would help others that come and pray. He wanted to look for the monks. The monks were at the Great Sages of Sivana. Julian immediately headed to Sivana and climb mountains. He didn’t go with a guide but still explored the Himalayas. There were doubts whether this life could provide intellectual stimulation. Later, he came upon a man who was carrying a basket of flowers. The man really radiated youth. He was indeed a mystical monk. The sage admired his courage and determination for finding him. Julian was required to share the knowledge with others too.

Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present. – Albert Camus

Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson. I have realized that failure, whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind, is essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is. – Yogi Krishnan

The scenery was majestic while they were on the way to the temple. Later, they came upon a village, which appeared to be made of roses. Yogi Raman was one of the men in the village. The way of life appeared very Zen and relaxed. It was a way to fill the void in Julian’s life.

I realized that I didn’t appreciate simple joys in life. Yogi Raman was like a father to Julian. They often met and discussed about life. Julian started appreciating the smaller things in life. This brought peace and security. Success outside means nothing unless you have success within. Julian promised to share more about his trip net time. I thought of leaving the legal profession too. Success outside means nothing unless you have success within.

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? – Julian Mantle

There were orange beads around Julian’s neck when I visited his place. Julian started sharing a lot with me. However, I was skeptical at the start. Julian’s evidence that it was true was in his appearance. He taught me to ‘empty the cup’. I made work my life. Once you benefit from it, remember to pass it on. The Yogi believed in the importance of nature as well. Never overlook the power of simplicity. There are 7 virtues. Julian wanted to share his story now.

It is only when you have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others. It’s only when you have opened your own heart that you can touch the hearts of others. – Julian Mantle

Treat the garden like a mind. Learn to cultivate it. Worries and anxieties are toxic. Worry injures the soul. Every day, a human experiences many new thoughts. Most of the thoughts are negative and would lead to negative habits. The way you think is the most crucial. The mind is the greatest gift on Earth. Mental mastery is built through conditioning. Learn to dominate your mind and have control over it. There are no absolutes. Crisis is both a danger and an opportunity. Even pain must be experienced. Do not judge, but just celebrate events as they come. Treat everything as a learning lesson. The doors will always open after a while. Learn to expand your imagination. My heart attack would be my wake up call. Do not forget what you were like in your past where you could appreciate simple pleasures. Words can be very powerful. The mind is like a muscle. Use it or lose it. Care for your mind really carefully. Think peaceful and meaningful thoughts. There are no quick fixes. Focus on the destination. Harness the power of concentration. The Sages of Sivana know the power of concentration. Your passion must serve others. People who sleep a lot have nothing to do. Try to make your work play. Start taking risks to get where you want. Discover your real reason to being here. Learn to practice constant self-reflection. Take a rose and stare into the centre of it. Soon, you will improve your levels of concentration. Don’t be too busy to smell the roses. Whenever a negative thought comes, replace it with a positive one immediately. Start to smile and move your body. A small worry will lead to a big one eventually. Nip it in the bud. Imagine your dreams coming true. ‘True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.’ As long as your conscience is clean, it is good enough.

What really separates people who are habitually upbeat and optimistic from those who are consistently miserable is how the circumstances of life are interpreted and processed. – Julian Mantle

No matter what happens to you in your life, you alone have the capacity to choose your response to it. When you form the habit of searching for the positive in every circumstance, your life will move into its highest dimensions. This is one of the greatest of all the natural laws. – Julian Mantle

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive. – Patanjali

Find out what you are truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. – Julian Mantle

Once you find out what your life’s work is, your world will come alive. You will wake up every morning with a limitless reservoir of energy and enthusiasm. All your thoughts will be focused on your definite objective. – The Narrator

Trust yourself. Create the kind of life you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement. – Foster C. McClellan

Pass your wisdom on to others as well. Learn to serve more. Your mind is like a fertile garden. Know your purpose in life. You are happy when you are working towards your goals. Know what you want to achieve in every aspect of your life. Sometimes, quitting your job might be necessary. Take daily steps to achieve your goals. Have the discipline and vision to see through. Goal setting is your first step. Many people dream of becoming happier but they do not pen down their goals. Know your outcome. Enthusiasm is very important. Concentrate your mind on self-discovery. Find your passion and follow it. Painting was a way to de-stress for me. Spend a little time painting each day. Form an image of the outcome. Exert pressure on yourself. One way is to take the public pledge. Learn to associate good habits with rewards, and bad ones with punishment. Have a clear vision of your outcome. Your goal also needs to have a timeline. Create a dream book for yourself and keep it wherever you go. Apply the magic rule of 21. Perform the new activity for 21 days in a row. Bad habits can never be erased, but they can be replaced. The final step is to learn to enjoy the process. Every experience offers something you can learn from. Take complete control of your life.

Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things…Remain spirited, joyful and curious. Stay focused on your lifework and on giving selfless service to others. – Julian Mantle

Happiness comes through the progressive realization of a worthy objective. When you are doing what you truly love to do you are bound to find deep contentment. – Julian Mantle

Always strive for self-improvement. I knew I could trust Julian and everything that he said. Kaizen means constant and never-ending improvement. Self-improvement is the mastery of life. Most people are resistant to change. Those who are open to change then to be more successful. Improve yourself before you can manage others. Courage is one of the most important things to have. It will give you more self-control over your life. Dedicate your energies towards unlocking your human endowments. Pain was a great teacher. You grow most when you are not in your comfort zone. The only limits in life are those you set for yourself. Dare to step outside your comfort zone. You will be surprised at what you are able to achieve. Do the things you fear. When you conquer your fears, you master life. A baby doesn’t have any limits. Fear will destroy your life if you are not careful. Successful people do things which they might not like doing. Sacrifice short-term pleasure for long-term fulfillment. Spend more time pursuing meaningful activities. There are 10 strategies/rituals for a Zen way of life. Do it for 1 hour for 30 days straight.

The first is the ritual of solitude. Solitude is ritual for the soul. Find a place of true quiet and beauty. It works best if you practice it at the same time every day. Learn to reconnect with nature. The second ritual is the ritual of physicality. Invest in vigorous exercise. Yoga helps to improve your vitality tremendously. It helps to rejuvenate the body. Try to breathe in more deeply and effectively too. The third ritual was of live nourishment. Control your diet. Nourish your body and you will nourish your mind. Pursue a vegetarian diet. Cut down on red meat. Try eating more greens like salads. The fourth ritual was about abundant knowledge. Learn to have some hobbies. Try to read regularly and the reading material must be nourishing. To learn the most, you must study the book thoroughly. Learn to apply what you have learnt. Learn from books where people faced similar challenges to you. Julian recommended the biography of Benjamin Franklin and Mahatma Gandhi. Think and Grow Rich was also a highly recommended book. Books help you to explore within your self. The fifth ritual is that of personal reflection. Benjamin Franklin practiced self-reflection at the end of every night. Get into the habit of personal introspection. Learn from your mistakes and make constant improvements to your life. The sixth ritual is of early awakening. Sunlight restores your vitality and vibrancy. The quality of sleep matters more than the quantity. Learn to relax just before you head to sleep. It is very important to start off the day well. Think positively and have a gratitude list. Laughter is a medicine for the soul. ‘What would you do if today was your last?’ The seventh ritual is that of music. Never forget the power of music. The eighth ritual is that of the spoken word. Learn to recite a mantra. Written affirmations are a good option too. What you say to yourself is very crucial indeed. Confidence is the key. The ninth ritual was that of congruent character. For this, one needs to take incremental action to build your character. Govern your life by a set of fixed principles. Focus only on activities which are meaningful to you. The last ritual is the ritual of simplicity. Practice everything in moderation. You are one with the Universe. Failure will enable you to learn and grow.

Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate that the task which has been set before us is not above our strengths; that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us. – Winston Churchill

‘When spider webs unite, they tie up a lion’. Master your willpower. Willpower is crucial for a successful life. Never underestimate the value of willpower. Don’t compete with others. Seek to be a better person than your previous self. I knew that I truly hadn’t achieved freedom yet. Willpower will give you the courage to pursue what you want. Mental mastery is the key. Almost everything is in your control. I had an awakening in life. To start developing your self-discipline, start doing things you don’t like doing. Keep pushing yourself harder. Build on the small victories and keep building and growing from there. Momentum is the key for building self-discipline.

‘Well-arranged time is the surest mark of a well arranged mind. – Sir Isaac Pitman

Don’t let others steal your time. Be wary of time thieves. – Julian Mantle

Time is your most important commodity. An hourglass will remind you of your mortality and importance of living purposeful lives. Time is the great leveler. It is fair as everyone has the same amount of time each day. Productive people are efficient with their time. Learn to organize your week and plan the meetings. Start working a little earlier. Plan your week creatively and focus on your priorities. Being busy is not an excuse at all. Learn to spend more time on the high impact activities. A quick nap in the afternoon keeps you energized. Don’t even waste one minute of your life. Live everyday as if it were your last. Listen to your conscience as it tends to be right. Julian had discovered the secret of the Self.

The quality of life will depend on what are your contributions. Give to others. That is a noble and higher purpose in life. Compassion and daily acts of kindness takes you to different places. Make time for your friends. Live your life without regrets.

Julian had to leave soon. Live in the present and savor it fully. Life is a journey, not a destination. Slow down and enjoy the smaller pleasures in life. Seize the moment. Look back at your childhood and see which moments you have enjoyed. Get to know your children better. Don’t allow life to fly past. Spend time with those who matter greatly to you.

The meaning is clear – when you work to improve the lives of others, you indirectly elevate your own life in the process. When you take care to practice random acts of kindness daily, your own life becomes far richer and more meaningful. To cultivate the sacredness and sanctity of each day, serve others in some way. – Julian Mantle

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