How to please the Lord

By Paulo Coelho


 
A novice once went to Abbot Macario to ask his advice on how best to please the Lord.
 
‘Go to the cemetery and insult the dead,’ said Macario.
 
The brother did as he was told. The following day, he went back to Macario.
 
‘Did they respond?’ asked the Abbot.
 
‘No,’ said the novice.
 
‘Then go and praise them instead.’
 
The novice obeyed. That same afternoon, he went back to the Abbot, who again asked if the dead had responded.
 
‘No, they didn’t,’ said the novice.
 
‘In order to please the Lord, do exactly as they did,’ Macario told him. ‘Take no notice of men’s scorn or of their praise; in that way, you will be able to build your own path.’

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  1. ana_be_good says:

    A lil comment about Quote of the day.

    “The third indication that our dreams are dead is peace.”

    It's a little difficult to see being at peace as a negative thing…unless if complacency is what is meant.

    I've long asked myself this question. If the purpose of our lives is to keep following our hearts,to keep looking, to keep searching, dreaming, won't we be forever chasing something more?

    Condemed to a life of achieving neither contentment nor satisfaction?

  2. Marie-Christine says:

    Yeeh ah!
    o!oh ! haut!

  3. ana_be_good says:

    A lil comment about Quote of the day.

    “The third indication that our dreams are dead is peace.”

    It’s a little difficult to see being at peace as a negative thing…unless if complacency is what is meant.

    I’ve long asked myself this question. If the purpose of our lives is to keep following our hearts,to keep looking, to keep searching, dreaming, won’t we be forever chasing something more?

    Condemed to a life of achieving neither contentment nor satisfaction?

  4. This is beimg said in the scriptures like the Gita the bible and others and it still is so true.
    When we we steer our actions out of praise or scorn from others we´re lost. “If I lived my live by what others were thinking this heart inside of me would have died” Dylan once wrote in the song “Up to me”. Still it´s too easy to slip back there when we´re not aware.
    This is a good reminder and I will return to it.

  5. Noor says:

    It always amazes me the simplicity that your stories behold! I love this one not only because I like simple things but I think it is really true. If we can take no notion of man’s deeds we can become the person we aspire to be.

    It is tricky indeed, for we can’t detach ourselves of man kind but at least we can try to look further ahead!