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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari- I

Life is no brief candle for me. It is sort of splendid torch which I have got hold for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.

George Bernard Shaw

This life changing book begins with this mind-blowing quote by George Bernard Shaw. As mentioned by one of world’s top leadership experts and author- Robin Sharma “It is fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny”. This must-read book contains 13 chapters each containing wisdom to make life better with each passing day. If anyone feels disheartened or needs a motivational pump “The Monk who sold his Ferrari” can be your right companion. The book is written in a way to be easily understood by the reader. The fable consists of a main character Julian Mantle to whom one can relate to an extent and a subordinate character John to whom he reveals his learnings from the east. Julian Mantle is a character whom everyone aspires to be-A successful, distinguished and famous person. However, his life takes a turn when he suffers a heart attack in the very court he represented and won many cases. How he gets a Wake-up call and a second chance to transform his life is worth going through. Robin Sharma provides virtues, Ideas and concepts that will stay with you even after you finish this book.

1.The Wake-Up Call

And then it happened. This massive heart attack that brought the brilliant Julian Mantle back down to earth and reconnected him to his mortality. Right in the middle of courtroom number seven on a Monday morning, the same courtroom where we had won the mother of all murder trials.

2. The Mysterious Visitor

The door to my office opened slowly. At last it swung fully open, revealing a smiling man in his mid-thirties. He was tall, lean and muscular, radiating an abundance of vitality and energy. He reminded me of those perfect kids I went to law school with, from perfect families, with perfect houses, perfect cars and perfect skin. But there was more to my visitor than his youthful good looks.

The young man continued to look at me, much as the smiling Buddha might have looked upon a favored pupil. After a long moment of uncomfortable silence, he spoke in a surprisingly commanding tone.

“Is this how you treat all your visitors, John, even those who taught you everything about the science of success in a courtroom?”

My heart started to pound. “Julian? Is that you? I can’t believe it! Is that really you?”

3. The Miraculous Transformation of Julian Mantle

“I still remember the words that were going through my mind up there,” said Julian.” 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 I had made was the right one. I knew my life would never be the same and that something marvelous, maybe even miraculous, was about to happen to me. It was an amazing awakening.”

4. A magical Meeting with the Sages of Sivana

Though Julian had never seen anything like this magical world of Sivana, he somehow felt that this had been a homecoming of sorts, a return to a paradise that he had known long ago.

5. A spiritual student of the sages

I would love to feel more alive and to bring unbridled energy to my days. Maybe I too would leave the legal profession. Maybe there was a higher calling for me as well. With these weighty considerations on my mind. I turned out the lights, locked the door to my office and walked out into the thick heat of another summer’s night.

6. The wisdom of personal change

“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. When you feel centered and alive, you are in a much better position to be a better person.”

You are sitting in the middle of a magnificent, lush, green garden.This garden is filled with the most spectacular flowers you have ever seen. The environment is supremely tranquil and silent. Savor the sensual delights of this garden and feel as if you have all the time in the world to enjoy this natural oasis. As you look around you see that in the center of this magical garden stands in a towering, red lighthouse, six stories high. Suddenly, the silence of the garden is disturbed by a loud creaking as the door at the base of the lighthouse opens. Out stumbles a nine-foot-tall, nine-hundred-pounds Japanese sumo wrestler who casually wanders into the center of the garden.

As this sumo wrestler starts to move around the garden, he finds a shiny gold stopwatch which someone had left behind many years earlier. He slips it on and falls to the ground with an enormous thud. The sumo wrestler is rendered unconscious and lies there, silent and still. Just when you think he has taken his last breath, the wrestler awakens, perhaps stirred by the fragrance of some fresh yellow roses blooming nearby. Energized, the wrestler jumps swiftly to his feet and intuitively looks to his left. He is startled by what he sees. Through the bushes at the very edge of the garden he observes a long winding path covered by millions of sparkling diamonds. Something seems to instruct the wrestler to take the path, and to his credit, he does. This path leads him down the road of everlasting joy and eternal bliss.

The other chapters and the difficult words will be provided in the next parts. Happy Reading!!!

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