The Monk Returns With A High Five - Robin Sharma
Hello! India|April 2019
The Monk Returns With A High Five - Robin Sharma

The Author Who Has Been Translated Into Over 92 Languages And Penned Inspirational Epics Such as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari And The Leader Who Had No Title, Met Hello! For A Private Tête-à-tête On Why His Latest Book, The 5 Am Club, Can Help Take Humanity To Yet Another Evolutionary Level

Sangeeta Wadhwani​​​​​​​

How did all the different countries that you travelled through while writing this book, make a difference to your story?

“There is a lot of scientific evidence coming out that proves how travel increases our creativity. So yeah, The 5 Am Club was written in Mauritius, Rome, Switzerland, Russia, Sao Polo in Brazil. I think the energy, the architecture and the food of all these places got into the book for sure!”

Your book redefines prosperity, refering to leaders who could fit all their possessions into a tiny sack…!

“I totally agree with you, we live in a world that measures wealth by your networth, or having a jet or a nice house, nice handbags, watches, knowing lots of people, getting a lot of likes on social media – nothing wrong with that, or living a beautiful lifestyle. I think we are human beings, we are sensuous creatures, why not enjoy the journey? But, we all know that money, fame, fortune, does not bring two things – joy and peace of mind. And if you were to ask me, you know what’s real wealth, it’s joy, it’s peace of mind and service to humanity! Mahatma Gandhi died with 10 possessions. The Mother Teresa mission in Kolkata – there was just a bed in there, and a table. I have been to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robin Island, in South Africa, and there was not even a bed, just a little writing table where he would kneel, that was it. Not even a chair! So, I truly think that luxuries are fine, but if you make them your God, you will never find pure happiness.”

So as an experiment, I woke up at 3.00am to do justice to your book…. But one also wonders how less sleep can impact the body?

“There’s actually a chapter on the essentialness of sleep – the 20-20-20 method, is really saying, get your sevennine hours. Science says when you go into a deep sleep, the brain has a mechanism to wash itself. Lack of sleep is the number one way to cut back on longevity; it affects our mood, our cognitive function. The book takes you through a pre-sleep routine. As for the sustainable side – there is the Habit Installation Protocol. The latest data from University College London, says it takes 66 days to install a new habit, until it comes automatically. It gets easier, once the habit is formed, to get up at 5.00am, then not to get up at 5.00am!”

In Nichiren Buddhism we study that what distinguishes a modern Buddha from an ordinary person, is that he keeps a heavenly mind state regardless of what is going on around him.

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April 2019