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A Book Review: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari


The Monk, who sold his Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma, is a story of Julian Mantle, a successful lawyer, and his journey to enlightenment.

Julian Mantle and John are the two characters that anchor the story throughout. Julian Mantle, a very successful lawyer, and John, his associate in legal practice.

The story starts with Julian Mantle suffering a heart attack in the middle of a court session. This heart attack becomes the turning point in Julian Mantle’s life. Julian gives up his law practice and vanishes into thin air. Nobody knew about Julian Mantle’s whereabouts after that.

Julian Mantle was a successful and hardworking lawyer. He had fame, fortune, and all the luxuries life had to offer. Despite all this, somewhere deep inside his heart, he had an empty feeling –something profound and spiritual. He often told John that he had no passion for what he was doing and felt an emptiness inside him.

After three years, Julian drops in at John’s office to visit him. John is not able to recognize Julian. Julian looked as though he had drunk the elixir of life and appeared radiant and full of energy. All the wrinkles on his face had disappeared, and he looked young, glowing, and full of positive energy – in the author’s words, “A model of change.”

John was amazed and speechless by the magical transformation of Julian Mantle. He asks Julian Mantle what the reason for the change was. Julian Mantle recounts his tale about discovering the path of enlightenment over a cup of tea.

Story of Julian Mantle

Julian Mantle sold all his worldly possessions, including his Ferrari, after which he headed for India. The ancient culture and mystical traditions of India had always fascinated Julian Mantle. So, he set out on the path of self-discovery and enlightenment. Julian traveled from village to village and tried to connect with the “vast pool of ancient wisdom on living a more rewarding, fulfilling, and enlightened life.”

Julian Mantle met many scholastics and learned people. Still, he did not get the key to the wisdom he was seeking. Then, in Kashmir, at the foothills of the Himalayas, he met “Yogi Krishnan,” who revealed the secret of a mystical band of sages living high in the Himalayas. Legend stated that they had discovered the secret to a system that would profoundly improve the quality of one’s life – a holistic improvement of life.

The local people called the learned people “Sages of Sivanna.” Sivanna means “oasis of enlightenment.” No one knew the exact whereabouts of these sages. The very next morning, Julian set off to find the location of the “Sages of Sivanna.”

The journey was long, challenging, and tiresome. The Himalayan ranges were tough to climb, and Julian was alone and trudged on wearily for several days. Suddenly Julian spotted a figure dressed in a long flowing robe. This mysterious stranger refused to answer when Julian called out to him. The stranger started running faster and faster. Finally, Julian shouted out that he had come searching for the “Sages of Sivanna” These magical words stopped the stranger in his tracks.

The stranger inquired about Julian Mantle, who recounted his tale. The stranger revealed that he was one of the sages he was looking for and took him as a guest to their sacred temple further deep into the Himalayan woods.

Before taking him in, the sage made Julian promise that whatever wisdom and timeless truths that he learned, he would share with his people back home.

Julian felt that this was “the first moment of the rest of his life, life soon to be much more than it had ever been.”

Pearls of wisdom from the book that struck a chord in my heart

Reflect on the self. Do not measure yourself with what others have achieved.

The mind is like a garden. Stand guard and let only the best of information enter your mind. Do not let any negative thoughts enter.

There are no mistakes, only life lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience. Instead, each experience is a lesson to grow and become better in life. As a result, more strength is gained from life's struggles.

Meditate on the self every day. You will notice that you will become calmer; you will feel happier and learn to appreciate the many gifts around you.

See yourself as you want to be. If you're going to become a good lawyer, visualize yourself doing it. The mind has the magnetic power to attract all you want in life.

Lasting happiness comes from steadily working to achieve all your goals.

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Make a Dream Book. Divide the book into different sections for each one of your goals in life. A goal not committed to paper is not a goal, so write down everything you want to do. The more important thing is enjoying the process and admiring the beauty in all living things. Focus on your work and selflessly help others.

Take complete control of your life. Be the master of your fate. What lies behind you and in front of you is nothing compared to what lies within you.

Push yourself to do a little bit more. Step out of your comfort zone and achieve what you thought was very difficult.

Do what you truly enjoy; out of this comes true happiness.

Take some time out of your busy schedule for self-enrichment and self-improvement. Reflect on the inner self – a pit-stop for the soul.

Abundant knowledge is essential to lead a wholesome and enriching life. Read, learn, and apply what you have learned in life. Read and get the best out of a book.

Get up early. Plan what you are going to do for the day. Before going to bed, spend ten to fifteen minutes reflecting on what has happened during the day. Spend quality time with yourself.

Get a good night's sleep and feel refreshed early in the morning.

Happiness is not about having millions of dollars in a bank account. Do not forget to live and enjoy life while chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The only thing standing between people and most of their dreams is the fear of failure. Yet, failure allows us to grow.

Always be brave, stand your ground, and follow your dreams.

Develop great willpower. Willpower is nothing but having control over your mind. When you master your mind, you master your life. Live the life you want rather than accept the life you have.

When you control your thoughts, you control your mind, and when you control your mind, you control your life.

Practice random acts of kindness daily. This enriches your life and gives meaning to your existence on earth. Compassion and daily acts of kindness make your life far more prosperous.

Take time to nourish your relationships; do not forget your friends. Show your near and dear ones that you are grateful for what they have done for you.

Live in the present. Live your children's childhood. "What is the point of climbing the steps of success if you have missed the first steps of your kids? What is the good of owning a house when you have not taken the time to create a home? What is the point of being a famous person when your kids don't even know their father?"

Give thanks for all that you have today, day after day.

To conclude, in the author's very own words, "Begin to live each day as if it was the last day of your life. Learn more, laugh more, and do what you truly love".

I found this book a gem - a book of knowledge and enlightenment. A book to be read, understood and digested.

© 2012 Nithya Venkat


Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on August 18, 2019:

All his books are great to read, thank you for your visit and comments.

Shaloo Walia from India on August 17, 2019:

I have read all the books by Robin Sharma except his latest. My personal favorite among his books is 'Who will cry when you die?'

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 12, 2013:

aud99 do read the book, there is a sequel to it too.

Audrey on June 11, 2013:

I have always wanted to read this book but somehow, I still haven't had the opportunity to pick it up yet. This book is definitely on my reading list!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on February 07, 2013:

Pavlo Badovsky it is interesting!! Thanks for stopping by.

Pavlo Badovskyi from Kyiv, Ukraine on February 06, 2013:

Interesting description of a book which seem to be interesting!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on September 26, 2012:

Jackie Lynnley yes, it is really good and interesting to read. Thanks for stopping by.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 24, 2012:

Sounds like a great book with great advice.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on August 12, 2012:

Rana thank you for your visit.

Rana on August 12, 2012:

What a summary...God Bless Dear

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 17, 2012:

wrenfrost56 thank you for the visit and wonderful comments.

diplorging thank you. You are so very right, you need strong will and determination.

diplorging from Serbia on July 17, 2012:

Yes, it's a great book, and everybody can learn something from it. I try to follow some of his ideas, but you need to have strong will, not just the magic book that will help you with your problems. Good luck to evry person that is ready to work on it self. Great hub, voted up and shared.

wrenfrost56 from U.K. on July 17, 2012:

Awesome and I love the pearls of wisdom that you added, valuable life lessons indeed. :)

Michelle Liew from Singapore on July 02, 2012:

Yes indeed!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 02, 2012:

Sunshine625 thank you, this book is a guide on how to live life and live it to the fullest.

midget38 thank you. If we follow all these pearls of wisdom we will be much happier - but there is a big IF there!!!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on July 01, 2012:

I agree so much with the pearls of wisdom - if we all practice these, we're sure be much happier and personally successful! Much food for thought, Nithya! Voted up!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 01, 2012:

Excellent book review! If anyone has read it already they sure will be tempted now!:)

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 22, 2012:

Deborah Brooks thank you, the book is full of knowledge we can use in our day to day lives.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on April 21, 2012:

wow what an excellent hub..he learned so much.. what an interesting man.. we could all use this knowledge well we really have it but we like material things better.



Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 19, 2012:

Eiddwen thank you very much. Thank you for your vote and appreciation.

Eiddwen from Wales on April 19, 2012:

Oh what a great read;take care and I must award my Up up an daway.

Take care and enjoy your day.


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