Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - Review

Julian Mantle’s world was always limited to his work, material possession and money. However, his life takes a complete U turn when he is suddenly traumatized with a heart attack. Realization dawns on him and he decides to alter the course of his life. It is then that he decides to give up everything and entail a spiritual journey to the Himalayas in India in search of a more meaningful life.

From the sages of the Sivana in the Himalayas he garners some newfound knowledge and philosophies, which goes on to change his life forever. When he comes back from his spiritual journey from the Himalayas there is a discernible change in him. He narrates his experience to his fellow colleague John and that is how the entire story and experience of Julian Mantle is related to us.

The narratives of the spiritual journey that Julian Mantle undertakes take us on a ride to a profound and different perception of life. The book bestows on us the key to living a great, meaningful, healthy and happy life. We are educated on the Seven Virtues of Enlightened learning, which comprises of the need to master the mind, to follow one’s purpose, to live with discipline, to practice Kaizen, to respect time, to embrace the present and to selflessly serve others.

The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari was an immediate success. It became an International Bestseller with more than three million copies sold worldwide. The book has been translated into a number of foreign languages to reach out to a larger audience.

About the Author
Robin Sharma is an author and lawyer. He has to his credit a number of books; The Leader Who Had No Title, Who Will Cry When You Die: Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The Saint, The Surfer, And The CEO: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Heart's Desires, Megaliving!, Family Wisdom From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, and Discover Your Destiny With The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.

Born in Canada in the year 1965, Robin Sharma is the Founder, Chief Visionary Officer and CEO of a global consultancy firm, Sharma Leadership International Inc. The company’s clients include GE, FedEx, Harvard Business School, Nike, and many Fortune 500 companies.

He was awarded with the Brand Laureate Brand Personality Award in 2009 and Golden Gavel award in 2011. Robin Sharma did his graduation in law and graduated from Dalhousie University School of Law. He frequents many countries as a speaker. His books have been translated to seventy languages and sold in sixty countries.

‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ – and why would he do so?

The answer is simple. You don’t need a Ferrari to gain contentment and satisfaction in life. You don’t need money to attain peace and fulfillment, nor do you require material riches to feel blessed.

Instead you need to know yourself better, identify the purpose of your life, set a goal, and travel towards it, basking in the glory of the present moment; ‘cause time is priceless, and you need to utilize it properly to gain the most out of it.

This is what Robin Sharma teaches you. Through the words of the protagonist Julian Mantle, Robin, the author, acts as the perfect guide to live a rich and fulfilled life of bliss and harmony.

Julian Mantle is a successful litigation lawyer who has everything going for him. Money and fame are more than his companions, and ideally, it would seem that his life is a real success story. However, his constant hard work also leads to stress, when suddenly, all of a sudden, in the midst of a courtroom trial, he collapses, owing to a massive heart attack. This serves as a wake-up call for Julian, and he leaves behind his career to find out the true value of life.

Julian moves to India and his search leads him to the Great Sages of Sivana, who live high in the Himalayas. He is lead and guided by inspirational teachers like Yogi Krishnan and Yogi Raman, and starts living a life of simplicity, truth, and beauty. He learns to let go of his attachments with the worldly possessions, and focuses on what his soul speaks.

Robin Sharma portrays this transformation superbly, and shows us the way in which we too can live our life with bliss and serenity. Though the characters are supposed to be fictional, we know that they are not so. In fact, Julian Mantle is very much among us. He is you, me, and all the people surrounding us.

Robin imparts wisdom that can really help us to move ahead in life in a positive manner. He talks of skills and techniques that one should follow in order to practice bright living. The best part of this book is that it explains these methodologies in a very simplified manner, and the procedures can be easily followed by any person. The concept is unique, and though it might sound too simple, it does have the power to transform your life.

If you are confused, or worried, or anxious, or happy, or sad, or angry, then this book is for you. It can help you balance your life, and motivate you to bring the much needed change in your dimensions. Basically, this book should be read by one and all. The anecdotes that Julian comes up with from time to time are insightful, and helps you understand the teachings further.

Do not wait. This is just the book you need to read, adopt, adapt, and re-live your life in the best possible manner. Go, and grab a copy for yourself, and also for your loved ones. This is one book you should not give a miss.

Title: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Author: Robin Sharma
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Publication Year: 2003
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Self - Help
No. of Pages: 216
Price: ₹ 199
My Rating: 4/5


  1. will read it ..........Thanks for sharing

  2. Once I had tried to read but couldn't finish it. May be I had an exam by then.

  3. Lemme go home..
    Dust the book and start reading it!!!

    Thanks Amrit :)