Sunday, March 05, 2006

The Monk who sold his Ferrari - I

Monk who sold his Ferrari
Robin Sharma

I am through with 50 pages of the book and that makes it almost 25% of the book.
The book though seems to be just another on how to raise the standards of one’s living; it does so in a little different way. Excuse me for the cliché – zara hatke
Till now the book is talking about control of the mind.
It seems very easy in the printed matter but even though in practice it may be tough but I believe that it is no way impossible.
It talks about taking control of the mind and its thoughts. It talks of bringing the mind closer to nature. It talks of recognizing where your passion lies and then following it with one single concentration and it claims that then you will realize true happiness and calmness that seems so elusive.
It says that there is no such thing as objective reality or “the real world”. There are no absolutes. All events, all persons, all things have different effect on different people. My enemy could be someone’s friend. It depends on interpretation and a positive interpretation keeps your mind clear and calm.
It further claims that there are no mistakes in life, only lessons. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.
It goes on to say that focus of the mind should be on the act and not on the result and then the results are faster.

Narrating the story of a boy who traveled far and wide from his home to study under great teacher and on meeting him his first question was, “How long will it take me to be as wise as you?” “Five years”, said the teacher. “But that is too long. What if I work twice as hard?”
“Ten years” was the teacher’s response. “How can that be. But what if I study all day and night?” “Then it will be fifteen years” replied the wise teacher.
“I don’t understand” enquired the pupil.
The teacher explained, “With one eye fixed on the destination there is only one eye left to guide you along the journey.”

This part of the book gives three techniques viz, the heart of the Rose, Opposition Thinking and The Secret of the Lake.

The gist of this 1/4th of the book:
The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do 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.


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