The legend of Julian Mantle's ascent, a top-notch lawyer to begin with, holds this book. The lawyer who reaches the very heights of prosperity, of gold and glitter, that keeps him self-satisfied and ignorant to the real purpose of life, but not for long.
The story is described by John, a fellow lawyer and a friend of Julian. The story begins with narrative of Julian's rash, irrational ways, the ways full of the excesses, of everything money and fame could amass. His life leads him to an inevitable crash with an undeniable present, a heart attack. The magnitude of the episode of a near-death experience experienced in his playground, the courtroom, leaves him distraught and empty but lights within him a fire of restlessness that takes him on a journey, to rise above his pre-present self.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is an account of Julian's life as he embarks on a journey of soul-cleansing, drastically though, starting by relinquishing his worldly possessions back to the world and yes, his job included. He sets off to Himalayas, precisely; a beautiful and exotic place called Sivana, where he meets wise men who, by remolding his life, guide it on the path of glory, the path of self-realization. Julian then briefly returns to meet his old friend John, only to share the deeply impactful experiences he had, of the three years in India, as he continues with his march onward.
The author, Robin Sharma's The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari quenched and continues to do so, the thirst for insight, of millions of readers worldwide, which is an affirmative to the presence of longing in people's heart to go looking for what lies behind all the existence. The author makes a deliberate effort of showing the shortcomings of a life oriented only to money and fame instead to the core of the Truth, of which life is but an aspect. The fall and rise of Julian enlightens us about our continuous process that carries on still, far beyond our impending death.
The description of his time in Himalayas is well ornate with the details of the tranquil, the place and its inhabitants behold. The details of his time spent with Yogi Raman, a sage from Sivana, and how the Yogi taught Julian to regulate his mind through various practices tries to expound the simplicity and extent of Yoga. The author urges the readers to take a look inside them and dive deeper in to the ocean of the sub-conscious mind and discover treasures that lie buried, underneath our own sense of self. How Julian's life changes from self-centeredness to selflessness holds the meaning of the fable, and the purity that Julian deciphers from within, his self-acquired complexities, is reflective of the essence of life. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is something that pushes your intuitional inferences on an upward spiral, and sets it in motion.
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