A search frustrated

By Paulo Coelho

The mystic Ramakrishna began his dedication to the spiritual life when he was sixteen. At first, he used to weep bitterly because, despite his devotion to the work at the temple, he seemed to be getting nowhere.

Later, when he was famous, a friend asked him about that period of his life. Ramakrishna replied:

‘If a thief were to spend the night in a room with only a thin wall separating him from another room full of gold, do you think he would be able to sleep? He would lie awake all night, scheming. When I was young, I desired God as ardently as a thief would desire that gold, and it took me a long time to learn that the greatest virtue in the spiritual search is patience.’

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  1. Wendy Espinoza says:

    Patients is a gift, that we all could develope. many things in life if not all requires patients. many people get frustated because they want to get results right away or because they had an unrealized dream but that is only because they gave up at the first obstacle they didn't have the patients and didnt't persist and they end up living a bitter life. but how could we develope patiens? well by dedicating time and effort to every single thing we do and be persistent as well.

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  3. Marie-Christine says:

    Patience everything will come at the right time.

  4. Marie-Christine says:

    Getting better. I just accept it, part of my make-up.Deep breath. Om.!

  5. cdc says:

    If patience is a virtue, it is one of a constant battle with me.
    I am improving though.
    I have learned over the years never to make a souffle when having guests, as P. Keating said “A souffle never rises twice.”
    I have learned that when making the staff roster, never to ask any of the Natives in in the afternoon, they go walk-about. This was probably one of my biggest lesson, I really admired that in them. Time has no meaning to them. You try to keep your cool asking them why they did not turn up the first time – they look at you like if you are coming from Jupiter – I knew I had to change my tactic straight away. Also I always allowed 1hour 1/2 in the morning session, I then knew I was on safe ground.
    To-day I knew I had to go to the Doctor, I ran out of Symbicort(Asthma medication), I thought I tried the Chemist and see if he could give it to me from the counter, the first Pharmacy was not co-operative at all. I was fuming. Went to another one, the Chemist offered a solution – one similar to the Symbicort without the steroids – this got me thinking once again, how do you deal with an asthmatic that forgot his medication, goes to the Chemist and asked for it, and the answer is “no sorry you need a prescription”. Death is at stake there – doesn’t make any sense to me –
    As I was coming out from the Chemist shop, Che was entering , so he reminded me that “War was over” I saw him last week, looking into the Free range eggs (Bio) section. So , there is hope.
    Anyhow, went off my trolley at home again, decided to go for a catnap to cool me down, I know I should have washed my tongue with soap again.
    I concluded that being the fusion between good and bad I need the balance and am starting to accept it as a fact.I am better off not to dwell on it too much. Energy is better put in positive outcomes.
    I listened to the soothing sound of the clock. I knew I was in the moment.

  6. soha says:

    really impressive!!!!
    No doubt..it is the great author, the man of action, of magic, and of pensive reflections.

  7. fLUXman says:

    imagine having god in you everywhere and then to go looking for him. This wall is of our creation.
    come let us destroy all these imaginations we create.
    bo0om
    fLUXman

  8. Olá Paulo! Atma Namaste! :)

    Now I know that all I need is LOVE and PATIENCE. :) Althought I also know that the right moment to start or to do something is always NOW. It seems to be a paradox, but it is not, in reality. But only now I can understand that better. Thanks for your help, you helped me to realize that in my life.

    Thanks for the message too!

    Love & Light!

    Marta :)

  9. Dinsan says:

    this is a good message…
    for those who try to take god with them
    in their shopping cart…
    during a 2 minute visit…
    on their way back from shopping …

  10. Glorita says:

    Hello Paulo! Thanks for this message which is so true!!! Indeed, patience is the greatest virtue for all we want to achieve. I just read today also that we have to wait for the right moment because nothing happens when it is not meant to be; we have to be patient and in that way we will reach our dreams even sonner than we expect. We should not act in a hurry, otherwise we will lose our prize. We have to be patient and have faith in God.

    So, twice today I read about patience….it is definitely a message God and the angels are sending me since I thought I was patient but currently I am learning that being patient is not only wating, but having Faith as well. I will keep my Faith and patience alive because I know I will receive my prize!!!

    You know, months ago when thinking about a particular situation I am facing, I heard a whisper telling me: “Patience and Faith”, and now with this message I realize that I had forgotten that whisper!! thank you for reminding me!!!!!

    Warm greetings,

    Glorita

  11. Zaza says:

    Longtemps j’ai cherché pourquoi Dieu m’enlevait ceux que j’aimais, pourquoi je devais souffrir… longtemps, j’ai hurlé, trépigné, maudit, supplié, pleuré cherchant la réponse qui n’arrivait pas… jusqu’au jour où j’ai compris que la lumière ne se fera pas d’un coup, que la connaissance n’est pas un tout mais se fait au fur et à mesure que je chemine. Ce jour là je n’ai pas eu de réponse mais j’ai compris que la patience apporte la sagesse et la plénitude! Et ce jour là je me suis calmée…

  12. Jim Courbis says:

    Patience is a delightful human term…
    That’s the way it is on earth….
    bEARTH day….
    6 days for Creation…..
    So many years or lives for Us…
    All ways….Your Way….
    Any…Way…
    Choose Your Way…
    Thank you Paulo
    Jim Courbis

  13. Wendy Espinoza says:

    Patients is a gift, that we all could develope. many things in life if not all requires patients. many people get frustated because they want to get results right away or because they had an unrealized dream but that is only because they gave up at the first obstacle they didn’t have the patients and didnt’t persist and they end up living a bitter life. but how could we develope patiens? well by dedicating time and effort to every single thing we do and be persistent as well.

  14. Karen says:

    When a person believes with all his or her heart

    When a person holds on to Hope, even in the darkest of times

    When a person does what he does because of a sincere love

    When a person is patient with all faith, devotion and happiness…

    He will overcome that wall… whether it be thick or thin… he will over come any wall.

    “If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.”—Mark 9:23