Saturday, 28 September 2013

Ritual of Abundant Knowledge(Excerpts from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S.Sharma)

This is another excellent ritual of radiant living as explained by Robin S.Sharma. The biggest motivator for me to write and blog is my journey to self discovery. Reading excites me; it captivates my thinking power and presents solutions to all my life’s situations. They say we live longer and younger if we read and seek knowledge.

The ritual of abundant knowledge, as illustrated; centers on the whole notion of lifelong learning and expanding your knowledge base for the good of yourself and all those around you. It is all about becoming a student of life. Even more importantly, it requires that you use what you have learned in the classroom of your existence.

It cautions one not to live bound by the shackles of their schedule. Instead, focus on those things that your conscience and your heart tells you to do. When you invest in yourself and start to devote yourself to raising your mind, body and character to their highest levels, you will almost feel as if you have a personal navigator inside you, telling you which things you must do to see the greatest and most rewarding results. You will stop worrying about your clock and start living your life.

It’s all about reading regularly. Reading for thirty minutes a day will do wonders for you. But not reading just anything. You must be very selective about what you put into the lush garden of your mind. It must be immensely nourishing. Make it something that will improve both you and the quality of your life. The power of the book and the principle that a book is, is the best friend of the wise.

Sharma says it is good to read as many books as you can. But to always remember that some books are meant to be tasted, some books are meant to be chewed and, others are meant to be swallowed whole. Ensure to truly get the best out of a great book, you must study it, not jus tread it. Go through it as you do when you read important documents to make sure best decisions are made. Really consider it, work with it, become one with it. The sages the ardent followers of the rituals of radiant living according to this book would read many of the books of wisdom in their vast library ten or fifteen times. They treated great books as scriptures, holy documents of divine origin.

He says thirty minutes a day will make a delightful difference in your life because you will quickly start to see the vast reserves of knowledge available for your use. Every answer to every problem you have ever faced is in print. If you want to be a better professional, parent, friend or lover, there are books out there that will rocket you to those goals. All the mistakes you will ever make in your life have already been made by those that have walked before you. The challenges you are facing are not unique to you. All the problems anyone has ever, and will ever face over the course of their lifetime have already been made. More importantly, the answers and solutions are all recorded on the pages of books. Read the right books. Learn how those who have preceded you have handled the challenges you are currently facing. Apply their strategies for success and you will be astonished by the improvements you will note in your life.

The books quotes several reads that one can thrive on; the biography of the great American, Benjamin Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography entitled The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, the highly practical philosophy of Marcus Aurelius and some of the work of Seneca. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill .I would add Eat, Pray, Love by Liz Gilbert a great read to self discovery. Sharma says that it’s not what you will get out of the books that are so enriching— it is what the books will get out of you that will ultimately change your life. He says books do not actually teach us anything new. Books simply help us see what is already within us. That’s what enlightenment is all about. Knowing ourselves and that all we can be.

“Pursue knowledge as though it is your life-blood, then you will know greatness!” ― Monique Rockliffe

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