True skill

By Paulo Coelho

The yogi Raman was a true master of the art of archery. One morning, he invited his favourite disciple to watch a display of his skill. The disciple had seen this more than a hundred times before, but he nevertheless obeyed his teacher. They went into the wood beside the monastery and when they reached a magnificent oak tree, Raman took a flower which he had tucked in his collar and placed it on one of the branches.

He then opened his bag and took out three objects: his splendid bow made of precious wood, an arrow and a white handkerchief embroidered with lilacs.

The yogi positioned himself one hundred paces from the spot where he had placed the flower. Facing his target, he asked his disciple to blindfold him with the embroidered handkerchief.

The disciple did as his teacher requested.

‘How often have you seen me practise the noble and ancient sport of archery?’ Raman asked him.

‘Every day,’ replied his disciple. ‘And you have always managed to hit the rose from three hundred paces away.’

With his eyes covered by the handkerchief, the yogi Raman placed his feet firmly on the ground, drew back the bowstring with all his might – aiming at the rose placed on one of the branches of the oak tree – and then released the arrow.

The arrow whistled through the air, but it did not even hit the tree, missing the target by an embarrassingly wide margin.

‘Did I hit it?’ said Raman, removing the handkerchief from his eyes.

‘No, you missed completely,’ replied the disciple. ‘I thought you were going to demonstrate to me the power of thought and your ability to perform magic.’

‘I have just taught you the most important lesson about the power of thought,’ replied Raman. ‘When you want something, concentrate only on that: no one will ever hit a target they cannot see.’

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  1. Bed Guard  says:

    sending flowers to love ones is the thing that i always do, i love fressh roses”;,

  2. it is actually hard to master archery, it took me 2 long years to be a master of archery .

  3. i used to play archery but quit this sport after i got some elbow surgery..“

  4. Archery is an age old game that requires lots of practice and focus if you want to excel on it. ;.*

  5. Kai Collins says:

    I really love sending flowers to my loved ones. I specially like sending Tulips and Roses.-:”

  6. Danny Brown says:

    Another interesting article from your blog :) When will it stop…hopefully never

  7. Hey great stuff, thank you for sharing this useful information and i will let know my friends as well.

  8. games says:

    Can you provide more information on this topic? BTW your website is awesome. greets

  9. THELMA says:

    When you want something, concentrate only on that:

    Thank you Paulo Coelho. Beautiful story and beautiful .. lesson!
    To learn how to .. focus our ‘attention’, abilities, skills and gifts on our … target! Concentration and ..creative imagination.
    Thelma xxx

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  11. your article really helps me to solve my recent problem
    Thank you This is really interesting blog.

  12. ben morrison says:

    I found your blog on google and read this great post. I just added this site to my Google News Reader. I Look forward to reading more here in the future.

  13. tomas finc says:

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  14. Mark Kinch says:

    I appreciate when people enjoy sharing knowledge .Thanks for informations

  15. I Really enjoy Reading Your Blog, it is Very interesting, inciteful and inspirational. Excellent. Keep up the great work!!!

  16. Just wanted to leave a quick post and tell you I’ve been reading your blog now for a few weeks and enjoy the content. Keep up the great work and I’ll continue to be a loyal reader as long as you continue to keep posting great stuff!

  17. vishesh says:

    i have read this in quite a few places……the power of the mind is what and how you train it in…?

  18. More visitors will come if more interesting and informational topics keep being posted. :)

  19. Arhats says:

    Sharing information if good for other is always appreciated :D

  20. Can you provide more information on this? Cheers..

  21. M Naz says:

    How do you manage to get this information..sharing to others :)

  22. Thank you Paulo, for sharing your wisdom with us always!
    You are much appreciated around the world and certainly immensely by me.
    From the heart,

  23. Thanks for sharing to others.

  24. awsome stuff says:

    I didn’t understand it, care to elaborate?

  25. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  26. Paul Daniel says:

    I Love your blog on google and have read many of your posts. Excellent. Keep up the good work!!!

  27. Julie Straus says:

    I readed several posts of your blog, but never taked the time to say thank you. Just that.


  28. Hey ! i just wanted to say that it is nice that a person like you taked the time to write about this ! Thanks !

  29. ellen page says:

    very good read, i will be bookmarking this post on a few social bookmarking sites

  30. Well, iam foreing, iam not very good writing in english, i just wanted to say thanks for this !

  31. GSchneider says:

    Pretty nice… Hope you can write more, so I can read more!

  32. Nice, I think it could be interesting to add some more entries following this one, and probably it’s not only me having this opinion. Cheers!

  33. Fun Director says:

    Can you tell me who did your layout? I have been looking for one kind of like yours. Thank you.

  34. james says:

    Very nice information. Thanks for this.

  35. Marie-Christine says:

    “Plus je vis, plus je suis convaincu que ce qui fait la difference entre un homme et un autre , entre le faible et le puissant, entre l’intelligent et l’insignificant, c’est l’energie, une determination invincible, une decision prise et maintenu jusqu’a la victoire ou la mort.” F. Buxton
    et la concentration

  36. Tiff says:

    i loved the story,but what is the moral?

  37. Jonas says:

    the blog was taken from the book “THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI”. (I forgot the author though ^_^)It’s a must read book. thanks paulo.

  38. MartialArts says:

    Can I ask though – how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive that this blog is syndicated through Google and is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

    Archery greats you should write about next, my ex was an Archery champ!

  39. fatima says:

    hi real man

    i have more of ur books and those books made me near god.
    and i like all of ur books.and im very glad to send u comment.its fantastic….and i dont know what can i writte for a real man in name paulo coelho.

    iranian girl

  40. Glorita says:

    Dear Paulo!

    Thank you for the great message!! it is absolutely true!!! “We have to concentrate on our target” we have to visualize it, otherwise there is no way to get it!!! Thank you for awakening our senses, our feelings and emotions!! Thank you for helping us get where we really want to get!!

    Hugs and kisses to you and all my dear warriors!

    Greetings from Panama!!! (I am back!!!)


  41. vishesh says:

    i have read this in quite a few places……the power of the mind is what and how you train it in…?