The full title of this book is ‘The Monk who Sold His Ferrari – A Fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny’. This book is written by Robin Sharma, who incidentally would be in Singapore for a convention on 15 May 2009, incase anyone is interested.
I had wanted to read this book a long time ago and was pleasantly surprised to find it among the boxes at the Page One book warehouse sale, and bought it for only $5. See how the universe grant you what you want, if you are patient and ready to receive it.
The story begins with a lawyer, John, narrating about another lawyer, Julian. Julian had a heart attack, a wake up call for him to reflect on his life. True, he was doing brilliantly in his career, could afford anything he wanted, including a Ferrari, (hence the title), but he was not happy. After he recovered, he went in search for spiritual guudiance which took him to the Himalayas in India. There he was mentored by a sage and his life took a 180 deg transformation.
With that new found wisdom, whom he promised the sages that he would help spread to those who need it, he met up with John and started this narration of his journey.
In this fable, the garden is a symbol for the mind. If you care for your mind, nurture it and cultivate it, it will blossom. If you neglect it, lasting peace of mind and harmony will always eldue you. Similary, worry drains the mind of its power and injures the soul. So to live life to the fullest, you must stand guard at the gate of your garden and let only the best information enter, and not allow a single negative thought to enter it. To do this, you must learn to control the thoughts and the way you respond to the events of your life. Know that there are no mistakes in life, only lessons.Stop judging events as either positive or negative, simply experience them and learn from them. So like how you exercise your body to strength it, you need to exercise your mind as well. One way to do it is through meditation, and the author teaches the readers to do that by concentarting into the Heart of the Rose. (Personally I disagree with this method as roses generally do not last long in this humid climate of Singapore).
Read this book to remind you about being positive.