What’s it about?
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a book of self-help written and motivational speakers by Robin Sharma. The book represents a fable of the business that Sharma has learned from his personal experiences at the age of twenty-five.
About the author:
Former lawyer Robin S. Sharma is a well-known expert speaker on the topic of changing life and leadership. Mega living: 30 Day a Perfect Life and The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO all belong to his other books.
Julian Mantle experienced a spiritual awakening while working as a high-power wealthy lawyer:
This man had it all; that’s what it looked like. Mantle was a Harvard Law School graduate and one of the most outstanding and notable trial lawyers in the United States. He had a red Ferrari parked outside of his mansion. It was such a tale.
Underneath it all, work was eating him inside out, he had an overload of cases that sucked the life out of him. Mantle was struggling, and it was too much to handle. One day he collapsed in the courtroom due to a severe heart attack.
Consequently, he left his career and never returned to practicing law. After his heart attack, no one heard from him at his firm.
Rumor had it that Mantle moved to India for a simpler life to answer his most complicated questions, and it was precisely what he had done. It is when the tale began, Mantle sold his Ferrari, along with it, his mansion.
Three years later, unanticipatedly, he returned with a Buddha-like smile across his face; he looked lively and remarkably healthy.
Mantle had been traveling across India from a village to another, learning about yogis who seemed to defy aging. In Kashmir, he had heard captivating stories about the Great Sages of Sivana. Inspired by his new discoveries, he ventured the Himalayan Mountains, where he happened to meet the monks who lived there.
The place where Mantle’s tale began, he had an awakening and forever found his soul.
A mystical legend teaches the seven most important principles of the Sivana System:
Yogi Raman, a monk who belongs to the Sages of Sivana, shared his ultimate wisdom with Mantle. They discussed profound and spiritual ways to achieve meaning and vitality. He learned how to feel fulfilled and become more creative.
He had to return to his home and spread his learnings to the world; that was the monk’s only condition. And this is the reason why Mantle went back to practice law.
Mantle taught people the seven essential virtues that underpin the Sivana System. Each one of these virtues is a part of a marvelous fable.
The fable begins in a glorious green garden, tranquil, silent, and quiet. A garden abloom with colorful and radiant flowers.
In the garden is a tremendous red lighthouse. But the serenity is abruptly disturbed by a sumo wrestler who comes stomping out of the lighthouse door. Nine hundred pounds and nine-feet tall. The wrestler is clothed with nothing but a pink wire cable to cover his modesty,
While wandering around, he bumbles upon a golden stopwatch. He puts it on and promptly loses consciousness crashing to the ground.
He is eventually awakened, filled with energy with a fragrance of the yellow roses around. He leaps up quickly and looks to his left. To his astonishment, he sees a path all covered with diamonds. He walks along the path that is leading him to everlasting happiness and joy.
“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.”
By mastering your mind, you can find fulfillment:
The garden from Yogi Raman’s fable exemplifies the mind. Many people end up cluttering their minds with fears and negative thoughts, which represents littering their mental gardens.
Controlling your mind is the first and the most important virtue of the Sivana System. The best way to govern your mental garden is to stand guard at its gates. Only let constructive, positive, and pleasant thoughts in.
The thoughts we let in and choose to believe are the ones that shape our lives. You’ll eventually have much better standards of living if you fill your head with selective and worthwhile thoughts. Want to live a purposeful, fulfilling, and meaningful life? Then let the significant, purposeful thoughts in and embrace them.
But how can it be done? How do we only focus on fulfilling thoughts? How do we train our minds to do so? Well, every one of us can choose what we think about, so it all comes down to discipline your mind and exercise it like a muscle.
The first step is to learn how to concentrate. You have to boost your concentration. There is a technique that helps in improving your ability to focus on essential things; Sages of Sivana call it The Heart of the Rose.
To start, you’ll need a quiet space and, of course, a rose. Stare at the rose’s center. Pay close attention to its texture, color, and beauty. Fill your mind with thoughts about how gorgeous it is.
At first, it will be hard, and many thoughts will enter your mind, but remember, it is about disciplining your mind. Spend more time each day staring at the rose, admiring its beauty.
Eventually, you will find it easier to control and direct your thoughts to fill your mind with a sense of calm and joy.
To lead a fulfilling and purposeful life, you’ll need the ambition to guide your path:
The second virtue is about purpose. It is represented by the lighthouse in the fable.
The Sages of Sivana never waste time because they have a clear sense of purpose. So should you because your time should serve your duty and purpose.
Dharma is a Sanskrit word that means “Life’s purpose.” it is used by the monks. Dharma comes from an ancient belief that we each have a unique mission to complete while on earth. Only by honoring it will you achieve everlasting satisfaction of inner harmony.
You can only hit a target if you are able to see it clearly. So you will have to identify your goals to know and understand your life’s mission.
The five-step method to achieve personal purpose begins with creating your mental image of the outcome. For example, if your goal is to lose weight and become fit, you’d have to envision a fitter and leaner version of yourself.
The second step is to place good pressure on yourself. Pressure can be an amazing source of inspiration that will push a person to realize their potential. In other words, it will push them to their limits.
The third stage is constructing a timeline. You have to have a deadline.
The fourth stage is what Yogi Raman called the Magic Rule of 21. After 21 days, a new behavior becomes a habit.
The last stage? Enjoy the process!
Continually improving yourself is a key to radiant life:
The sumo wrestler represents a virtue of the Sivana System too.
This virtue is called Kaizen; it means constant in Japanese, never-ending progress and improvement. It is about unlocking your potential.
For this virtue, the monks created ten steps in the Sivana System known as the Ten Rituals of Radiant Living.
The first one is the Ritual of Solitude. Every day should have a moment of silence. In this way, you can calm your mind and eventually access your creativity.
The second ritual is the Ritual of Physicality. Get your body moving.
The third is the Ritual of Live Nourishment. Eat only live foods by following a vegetarian diet.
The next is the Ritual of Abundant Knowledge. Find a way to keep your mind awake and stimulated by learning, reading, and studying.
The fifth one is the Ritual of Personal Reflection. It is about reflecting on your day. Could you have done anything to improve your day?
The sixth is the Ritual of Early Awakening. This one isn’t easy for those who like to sleep in because it requires you to rise with the sun after sleeping for six hours.
The seventh ritual is the Ritual of Music. Listen to music as much as possible because music lifts your mood.
Next up ritual is the Ritual of the Spoken Word. This is about creating a personal motivation or mantra that will inspire you to reach your goal.
The following is the Ritual of a Congruent Character. This step aims to make sure that you will always follow your principles.
Last is the Ritual of Simplicity. Have a simple life and find the meaning in it.
Live a disciplined life and manage your time in a wise way:
Remember that the sumo wrestler in the fable was naked apart from his pink wire cable covering his privates.
The cable represents the fourth virtue of the Sivana System. It is concerned with disciplining yourself to build a disciplined life. The wire is a symbol of strict self-discipline.
You can build a sense of self-discipline. One of Yogi Ramen’s favorite exercises was not speaking for a day. It is an excellent way to condition and discipline yourself.
As the fantasy progressed, the sumo found a golden stopwatch.
This represents the fifth virtue. It is respecting your time. Pay attention to the passing time.
Mantle was taught that time mastery is life mastery. They see the hourglass as a reminder of mortality.
Take 15 minutes at the end of each day to prepare and make the most of your time. On Sundays, plan your whole week.
Another important teaching is to be ruthless with your own time and learn how to say no. Just live each day as if it were your last. That way, you’ll learn to prioritize your time.
Serve others selflessly with a joyful spirit and a rewarding existence:
The same way Mantle collapsed at work under the pressure of responsibility, the fable’s sumo went unconscious and fell. But he awakened full of energy to see the beautiful yellow roses that brightened the path.
So it raises the question, what do the roses represent? An ancient Chinese proverb says that a trace of fragrance will always remain on the hands of those who present it.
Therefore, the flowers stand for selflessly helping others, the sixth virtue of the Sivana System. The monks say that by doing so, your life will improve gracefully.
After being revived by those roses, the wrestler discovered a diamond-encrusted path that led him to bliss and joy.
Happiness is not the final destination; it is the journey. The Sages understood that living in the now is the key to happiness, which represents the seventh virtue.
As we pass through life, diamonds and small wonders will decorate our paths. To acknowledge and appreciate the diamonds, you have to practice gratitude as much as possible.
That means appreciating everything and every little detail around you so that you can live with gratitude.
Mantle passed on his wisdom to his colleagues back home, and since then, he has continued to spread the legacy.