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Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty, Simon & Schuster, US $27.00, Pp 330, September 2020, ISBN 9781982134488

When 19-year old Jay Shetty went to listen to a monk’s lecture in London, where he was studying at Cass Business School, he did it with reluctance. But as he listened to the sage, he fell in love with his way of thinking. Like most of us, Jay Shetty had been fascinated with worldly successful people like those who had gone from nothing to something – rags-to-riches stories. But the monk’s story was riches-to-rags. After the first lecture, Jay Shetty started following the monk — Gauranga Das — and then joined an ashram to get trained to think like a monk. In Think Like a Monk, Jay Shetty tells us why he got trained to think like a monk and why we should also do so. He writes, “If you wanted to know how to dominate the basketball court, you might turn to Michael Jordan; if you wanted to innovate, you might investigate Elon Musk; you might study Beyonce to learn how to perform.” Likewise, he says, if you want to train your mind to find peace, calm, and purpose, monks are the experts.

Jay Shetty says that monks can withstand temptations, refrain from criticizing, deal with pain and anxiety, quiet the ego, and build lives that brim with purpose and manner. Why shouldn’t we learn from the calmest, happiest, most purposeful people on earth? Maybe you are thinking it’s easy for monks to be calm, serene and relaxed. They’re hidden away in tranquil settings where they don’t have to deal with jobs, and romantic partners and rush hour traffic. If you are thinking so, you should remember that monks were not born monks. They are people from all sorts of backgrounds who have chosen to transform themselves. They grow up in schools, towns, and cities just like you. You don’t need to light candles in your home, walk around barefoot, or post photos of yourself doing tree pose on a mountaintop. Becoming a monk is a mindset that anyone can adopt.

Jay Shetty says that there is no universal plan for peace and purpose. The way we get there is by training our minds to focus on how to react, respond and commit to what we want in life, in our own pace and in our own time. When life swerve, we return to that focus. Shetty advises that if you have decided to be kind, and someone is rude to you, you know what you want to come back to. If you wake up resolved to focus on your dharma at work, and then your boss gives you an assignment that’s not aligned with your strengths, it’s up to you to find a way to put your dharma to use. When you fail, don’t judge the process ad don’t judge yourself. Give yourself latitude to recover and return to a flexible focus on what you want. The world isn’t with you or against you. You create your own reality in every moment.

Think Like a Monk takes you on a life-changing journey of love, peace and lasting happiness. Jay Shetty shows you how to win daily battles and find purpose in life. It will free you of social pressure and help you live a purposeful and enjoyable life. You will be attracted to mundane things while still living in this material world. Shetty shows how the ancient wisdom can still be relevant in modern world. It is a thought-provoking book for an alternative life. It is a guide to live a happy life. It is a very brilliantly written book that is packed with wisdom and clear thoughts.

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