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THE MONK WHO SOLD
-BY ROBIN S. SHARMA
ABOUT THE BOOK
• Author: Robin S. Sharma
• Publication: Jaico Publishing House
• Distributed By: India Boos Distributors
• Published Year: 2003
• Total Pages: 198
• Price: Rs175/-
• It has been on India’s Top 10 Best Selling
Books for over 2 years.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
• Occupation: Canadian lawyer, Leadership
expert and writer.
• Citizenship: Canadian
• Alma mater: Dalhousie University School of
• Notable works: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,
"The Leader Who Had No Title" "The Greatness
Guide" 'The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A
Remarkable Story About Living Your Heart's
• Notable awards: Golden Gavel award by
Toastmasters International in 2011, Top 10
Leadership Gurus in the World.
• Robin Sharma is the globally celebrated author of 12 bestselling books on
leadership and personal development.
• His work has been published in over 50 countries and nearly 70 languages,
making him one of the most widely read authors in the world.
• He shot to fame with “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”, which has topped
International Bestseller Lists and sold millions of copies.
• He holds two law degrees and has worked as a Litigation Lawyer.
• He is the founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a global training
firm whose clients include corporations such as General Electric, Nike, FedEx,
NASA, Unilever, Microsoft, IBM, The Young Presidents’ Organisation and Yale
MAIN CHARACTERS OF THE BOOK
• YOGI RAMAN- A person or one of the sage amongst the
Sages Of Sivana. The person who is responsible for John
• JULIAN MANTLE- The main storyteller. A great, brilliant,
fearless trial attorney.
• JOHN- The Monk (transformed person) who is the friend as
well as colleague of Julian.
OVERVIEW OF THE STORY
• The Fable (Story)
The book takes the form of a fable about Julian Mantle, a high-profile
attorney with a crazy schedule and a set of priorities that center around
money, power and prestige. As such, Mantle represents the values of our
society. The story is told from the perspective of one of his associates, who
admires Mantle’s great success and aspires to be like him.
• But when Mantle has a heart attack, he drops out of the game and
disappears. He sells all his possessions and goes to India to seek a more
meaningful existence. When he comes back, he’s a changed man. Really,
it’s as if he’s a completely different person. He’s learned from some mythical
Himalayan gurus who give him mystical and yet practical advice, which he
shares with his former associate (and the reader).
SEVEN VIRTUES OF ENLIGHTENED LIVING
1. Master Your Mind- The Magnificent Garden
Mind management is the essence of life management.
Pain can be a wonderful teacher.
Your outer world reflects the state of your inner
The boundaries of your life are merely creations of
Every second you spend thinking about someone
else’s dreams you take time away from your own.
2. Follow Your Purpose- The Light House
The principle of enlightened living; the purpose of life is a life of a purpose.
The real source of happiness can be stated in a word: achievement.
You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see.
Respectfully say that “My cup is Still Empty”.
“Always remember that what lies behind you and what lies in front of you
is nothing when compared to what lies within you”.
3. Practice Kaizen- The Sumo Wrestler
The only limits on your life are those that
you set yourself.
Once you master your mind, body and
character, happiness and
abundance will flow into your life
4. Live with Discipline- The Pink Wire Cable
When spider webs unite, they tie up as a lion.
Don’t race against others, race against yourself.
Spend entire day in vow of silence, except in response to a direct
Mantra- ‘I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and
power rests inside me.’
5. Respect Your Time- The Golden Stopwatch
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Have the courage to say ‘NO’.
6. Selflessly Serve Others- The Fragrant Roses
Chinese proverb- “A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand
that gives you roses”.
Every dawn is a new day to the one who is enlightened.
7. Embrace the Present- Path of Diamonds
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
We in the real world will never get a second chance to live life to the
Today is your chance to awaken to the gift of living----- before its too late.
We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your
past. Become the architect of your future.
• The only limits on yourself are those that you set.
• Spend some time in solitude everyday in meditation.
• Visualize yourself as a disciplined, firm person fully in control of your mind.
• Take a break from what you are used to do and start doing something you
actually have taste for.