In ‘The monk who sold his Ferrari’ Julian Mantle, a rich lawyer of a high profile fells down on the ground. He is a man who is very concerned about his job. He is a rich man who has a mansion, a plane, and a private island. When this man fells on the ground, he suffers a heart attack. After this incident, he loses his interest in his job any more. The massive heart attack brings Julian mantle back down to earth and reconnects him to his mortality. He sells his mansion, his island, and his Ferrari because he ‘needs some answers.’ That is why the book is named ‘The monk who sold his Ferrari.’
Julian leaves for India to find the meaning of his life. He had earned everything, respect, a good reputation, and a good wealth, but yet he felt incomplete. For this purpose, he traveled to India to meet different people of different cultures and traditions. The initial meetings with the learned and the scholarly of the exotic culture, though intriguing, did not yield the knowledge for which he hungered. He traveled to different states of India and its surroundings, including Nepal and Kashmir. He met different monks and learned from them different things.
Then someone told him about the famous sages of Sivanna. A man named Yogi Raman lived there who was one of the finest monks. To remove his thirst for knowledge, Julian traveled for seven days to climb on different mountains to find Yogi Raman. When he finds Yogi Raman, Yogi Raman takes him to his town and tells him to convey his message to the people of the west. The wisdom he gets from Yogi Raman is summarised below.
Five Lessons from ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’
1: Master Your Mind.
When Julian joins the monks in Sivanna, he explores the wisdom. The monks in Sivanna teach him about the importance of concentrating on the positive things in our lives. There is a flower, it has beautiful petals, but it also has thorns under it. It depends upon you whether you focus on it thrones or its petals. Focus on the heart of the rose. You have to master your mind to focus on the positive things in your life. When you master your mind, you master your life. When you have developed the ability to discard all weak thoughts and focus only on those that are positive and good, positive and good actions will follow. Positive always overcomes negative. Cultivate your mind – it will blossom beyond your expectations. The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts.
There are no mistakes – only lessons. See setbacks as opportunities for personal expansion and spiritual growth. To understand the aim in your life, know what makes you happy. The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. Once you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires are filled with ease and grace.
2: Follow Your Purpose.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose. There is no contentment in doing something that has no purpose. Doing the things without purpose is simply wasting precious time. Discovering and realizing your lifework brings lasting fulfillment. Set clearly personal, professional, and spiritual goals, and then have the courage to act on them. Examine the power within you to attain your goals and purposes. Never neglect to see the unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Today, and this very moment is a gift. Stay focused on your purpose, The universe will take care of everything else. Learn to say no, the courage to say no to small things will give you the power to say yes to big things.
3: Love yourself.
The author tells the wisdom by having a conversion with the monk who sold his Ferrari. The monk who sold his Ferrari further tells about the knowledge he gained from Yogi Raman in Sivanna.
They had a ritual of solitude. Solitude connects you to your creative sources and releases the limitless intelligence of the universe. Solitude works best when you practice it at the same time every day. Then there is the ritual of physically. The ritual of physicality teaches you to care for your physical health which is the indirect care for mental health. Nourish yourself with healthy food that includes fruits and vegetables. Get knowledge, read at least for thirty minutes a day. It never matters what you read, but prefer the things that enhance your knowledge or are helpful in your interest. There is a quote in the monk who sold his Ferrari that,
“The only way to improve your tomorrow is to know what you did wrong today.”
4: Endure The Pain.
Pain is often the precursor to personal growth. Embrace it, and endure it. Pain is something that makes us strong physically and mentally. If things were easy to achieve, then everyone would have achieved it. And those things would have become ‘normal’. And there is no fun in normal things because everyone wants to get rid of the circle of mediocrity.
The monk tells to Sleep early, and wake up early in the morning. Do not eat after 8:00 pm. Laugh at least fifteen times a day because laughter is good for health. Laughter opens your heart and soothes your soul. Yogi Raman further says to make good habits. When you constantly do something for 21 days/3 weeks, it becomes a habit. In one of my article, I have told that it takes 28 days/4 weeks, so it depends upon people, some are quick to evolve while others are not. Listen to music daily, meditate daily.
5: Tackle The Fear Of Failure.
The worst of fears is the fear of criticism and failure. These fears indeed transcend the desire when it is not enough strong. The lack of willpower is a mental disease. The only thing standing between most people and their dreams is the fear of failure. The universe favors the brave. When you resolve to lift your life to its highest level, the strength of your soul will guide you to a magical place with magnificent treasures. There is another great quote from the monk who sold his Ferrari,
“Do not Race against others, race against yourself.”
Daydream about what your dream is. Daydreaming is related to the law of attraction, and it has good effects on our brain. Act as if failure is impossible and your success will be assured. Never be a prisoner of your past, be an architect of your future. Remember, words are great influencers. Words are the verbal embodiment of power. By filling your mind with words of hope, you become hopeful. The same, by filling your mind with words of kindness, you become kind. By filling your mind with thoughts of courage, you become courageous. words have power. so repeat at least thirty times a day daily that,
“I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s streth and power rests inside me.”
Yogi Raman further tells the man who sold his Ferrari that, When you work to improve the lives of others, you indirectly elevate your own life in the process. Have good friends. A person with three solid friends is very wealthy indeed. Live in the present. The most important moment is now, learn to live in it and savor it fully. Enjoy the process. Stop putting off your happiness for the sake of achievement, instead, why not enjoy the process? Begin to live each day as if it is your last. The author also talks about ‘Think and grow rich’.