A most extraordinary Garden!
If you had read my first blog post, you might know about three of my favourite books which I highly recommend for you guys to read. The first one being – ‘The Monk Who Sold The Ferrari’.
[Link to my very first blog post: https://storygirl.news.blog/2020/02/26/example-post/
This is a feel good and inspirational book written by my favourite Writer of Non – fictional genre, Robin Sharma. He shot to fame with his “The Monk Who Sold The Ferrari” and is now the author of 15 bestselling books.
The book develops around two characters, Julian Mantle and his best friend John, in the form of conversation. Julian narrates his spiritual experiences during a Himalayan journey which he undertook after selling his holiday home and red Ferrari.
Everything about this book is absolutely interesting and a good read. Everything in this book is so inspirational!
I have brought to you one extract from this book, which I ensure you.. is absolutely relevant in these days. Especially in this age of stress and worries.
Have you ever realised that the number of people affected with mental conditions like anxiety disorders and depressions and other conditions affecting the mind, have drastically increased over the span of 20 years? Have you? Do you know why? You will get the answer to this question in this beautiful extract from The MONK WHO SOLD THE FERRARI!
The monk who sold the Ferrari is a wonderful feel good story about a man named Julian Mantle and his journey of discovering the true meaning of life and some lessons that shape his future and his thoughts. He is a great respected Lawyer who gets bored and tired of his life, running between different court cases. He faces severe health conditions and retire too early and goes on his journey to find the joy of life and ends up among the Sages of Sivana, in the great Himalayas, India.
Later on he meets a man named John, who was his junior lawyer once and is now in a prominent position, Just like how Julian was in his earlier days of life. In the extract down below, Julian tells John about the various things he learnt in his expedition, that had dramatically changed his life. John grows curious about how Julian looks more younger and energetic now and pleads to know the secret.
Julian then narrates to him, a very relevant and important lesson that was told to him by Yogi Raman helped him realise his mistakes and heal. This mystical excerpt, Julian speaks of, explores the different causes of worry and degradation of human mind.
Julian: “A garden is the symbol for the mind.
If you care for your mind, if you nurture it and if you cultivate it just like a fertile, rich garden, it will blossom far beyond your expectations. But if you let the weeds take root, lasting peace of mind and deep inner harmony will always elude you.”
“John, let me ask you a simple question. If I went into your backyard where you have that garden you used to tell me so much about and threw toxic waste over all your prized petunias, you wouldn’t be thrilled, would you?”
Julian: “As a matter of fact, most good gardeners guard their gardens like proud soldiers and make certain that no contamination ever enters. Yet look at the toxic waste that most people put into the fertile garden of their minds every single day: the worries and anxieties, the fretting about the past, the brooding over the future and those self-created fears that wreak havoc within your inner world. In the native language of Sages of Sivana, which has existed for thousands of years, the written character for worry is strikingly similar to the character symbolising a funeral pyre. Yogi Raman told me that this was no mere coincidence. Worry drains the mind of much of its powers and, sooner or later, it injuries the soul.”
“To live life to the fullest, you must stand guard at the gate of your garden and let only the very best information enter. You truly cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought – not even one. The most joyful, dynamic and contented people of this world are no different from you or me in terms of their makeup. We are all flesh and bones. We all come from the same universal source. However, the ones who do more than just exist, the ones who can’t be flames of their human potential and truly savor the magical dance of Liverpool different things than those whose lives are ordinary. Foremost among the things that they do is adopt a positive paradigm about their world and all that’s in it.”
Julian added : “ The sages taught me that on an average day the average person runs about sixty thousand thoughts through his mind. What really amazed me, though, was that ninety five percent of those thoughts were the same as the ones you thought the day before!”
John: “ Are you serious?”
Julian: “ Very. This is the tyranny of impoverished thinking. Those people who think the same thoughts every day, most of them negative, have fallen into bad mental habits. Some of them worry about failed relationships or financial problems. Others fret over less than perfect childhoods. Still others brood over trifling matters: the way a store clerk might’ve treated them or the comment of a co worker that smacked of ill- will. ….. These people never realize that mind management is the essence of life management”
“The way you think stems from Habit, pure and simple. Most people don’t realise the enormous power of their minds….. see your mind for what it is – nature’s greatest gift.”
Heart warming and inspirational quotes from THE MONK WHO SOLD THE FERRARI.
• There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such things as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self- mastery. From struggle comes struggle. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher. .,… To transcend pain, you must first experience it. Or to put it another way, how can you really know the joy of being on the summit of the mountains unless you have first visited the lowest valley..”
• Your “I CAN” is more important than your IQ.
• It is only when you have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others. it’s only when you have opened your own heart that you can touch the hearts of others. when you feel centered and alive, you are in much better position to be a better person.
• The moment I stopped spending so much time chasing the big pleasure of life. I began to enjoy the little ones, like watching the stars dancing in moonlit sky or soaking in the sunbeams of a glorious summer morning.
• Laughter opens your heart and soothes your soul. No one should ever take life so seriously that they forget to laugh at themselves.
• Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
• One must not allow the clock and the calender to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle –and mystery
• Never be a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. You will never be the same.
This book will be more than just a good – read for you. Usually I don’t enjoy reading books of Non fictional genre. But this Book changed my mind. The story is so relatable to this generation! Believe me, once you start reading it, it would be difficult to keep it down!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series.
Sharma worked as a litigation lawyer until age 25, when he self-published MegaLiving (1994), a book on stress management and spirituality. He initially also self-published The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which was then picked up for wider distribution by HarperCollins.
Sharma has published 12 other books, and founded the training company Sharma Leadership International.
Robin Sharma is one of the most sought after professional speaker on leadership, elite performance, managing change and personal discovery.
Robin Sharma’s You tube channel. It is absolutely inspiring and captivating!
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