Archives for October 2007

The Woman, the Witch and the Goddess

It’s a coincidence that I just finished reading Paulo Coelho’s new book, The Witch of Portobello. For those of you familiar with his work, you may know that it is always of a mystical and penetrating quality despite his simple style. …
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The Zahir Video

This is a small presentation that I did of my book The Zahir for the portal Meet The Author.
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25.8 Things Left To Do – The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho is about Santiago, a shepherd boy, who leaves his home in Spain to search for his Personal Legend which is treasure buried in the Pyramids of Egypt. Along the way he meets several interesting characters that …
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A saint in the wrong place

By Paulo Coelho

‘Why is it that some people can resolve the most complicated problems really easily, whilst others agonise over every tiny crisis and end up drowning in a glass of water?’ I asked.
Ramesh replied by telling the following story:
‘Once upon a time, there was a man who had been the soul of kindness all his life. When he died, everyone assumed that he would go straight to Heaven, for the only possible place for a good man like him was Paradise. The man wasn’t particularly bothered about going to Heaven, but that was where he went.
Now in those days, service in heaven was not all that it might be. The reception desk was extremely inefficient, and the girl who received him gave only a cursory glance through the index cards before her and when she couldn’t find the man’s name, she sent him straight to Hell.
And in Hell no one asks to check your badge or your invitation, for anyone who turns up is invited in. The man entered and stayed…
Some days later, Lucifer stormed up to the gates of Heaven to demand an explanation from St Peter.
"What you’re doing is pure terrorism!" he said.
St Peter asked why Lucifer was so angry, and an enraged Lucifer replied:
"You sent that man down into Hell, and he’s completely undermining me! Right from the start, there he was listening to people, looking them in the eye, talking to them. And now everyone’s sharing their feelings and hugging and kissing. That’s not the sort of thing I want in Hell! Please, let him into Heaven!’
When Ramesh had finished telling the story, he looked at me fondly and said:
‘Live your life with so much love in your heart that if, by mistake, you were sent to Hell, the Devil himself would deliver you up to Paradise.’

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Paulo Coelho talks in SECC @ Glasgow – Part Eleven of Eleven

Like the flowing river …

If you liked that post, then try these… A Coelho Quote about making choices by szavanna on July 11th, 2007. A question for Paulo Coelho by szavanna on June 22nd, 2007. Blog of the day – Aart Hilal by szavanna on July 26th, 2007 …
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Coping with transitions

I recently read three books that were somewhat related: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. I am planning to write about these books when I digest them a bit …
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The Witch of Portobello

"Pity those who seek for shepherds, instead of longing for freedom! An encounter with the superior energy is open to anyone, but remains far from those who shift responsibilitiy onto others. …"
This article is written by Alvin Yong. Please visit his blog to read Alvin’s favorite quotes from Coelho’s last book.

Who is the teacher?

By Paulo Coelho

A disciple asked Nasrudin:

‘How did you become a spiritual teacher?’

‘We all know what we should do with our lives, but we always reject it,’ replied Nasrudin. ‘In order to understand that truth, I had to go through a rather strange experience.

One day, I was sitting by the roadside wondering what to do, when a man came over and stood in front of me. To get rid of him, I made a gesture, and he copied me. That amused me, so I made another gesture, which he again imitated, but this time adding another.

Then we started to sing and to do all kinds of exercises. I felt better and better and I came to really love my new companion. A few weeks passed and one day I asked him:

‘Tell me, Teacher, what should I do next?’

And the man replied: ‘But I thought you were the teacher!’

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What makes people give their time but not their money?

Dear friends,
The other day, while walking in the tourist center of an European town, I saw something that I had seen millions of times: a couple asking a passer-by, who was wearing a suit and walking hurriedly towards his home, to stop and take a picture of them. This common request somehow made me think about the following: why did the passer-by stop? Had the couple asked him 5 cents he would have never stopped, but asking him his precious time he agreed.
What makes people give their time but not their money?


He was 200 pages into the 1986, The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho (a rewalking of the pilgrmage of Saint James of Compostella). He called himself a ‘traveler’ and referred to others like himself with whom he keeps in touch via the internet …
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Paulo Coelho – ‘The Alchemist : A Fable About Following Your Dream’

Book reviews that go beyond a simple review but are insights on thoughts, feelings and the magic of books. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
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"Paulo Coelho is a genius" that is what my Fatima said to me when I decribed the book I was reading. She had already read it, in fact recommended it to me. His book is profound if only in its simplicity and deeply resonating truth. …
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The problem tree

By Paulo Coelho

The carpenter finished another day’s work. As it was the weekend, he decided to invite a friend to come back home with him for a drink.
When he got to his house and before they went in, the carpenter stood for a few moments in silence before a tree growing in his garden. Then he touched its branches with both hands.
The expression on his face changed completely. He went into the house, smiling; he was greeted by his wife and children; he told them stories; and then he went out onto the verandah with his friend for a drink.
They could see the tree from there. Curiosity got the better of his friend and he asked the carpenter to explain his earlier behaviour.
‘Oh, that’s my problem tree,’ said the carpenter. ‘I know that I’m bound to have problems at work, but those problems are mine, not my wife’s or my children’s. So, when I get home, I hang all my problems on that tree. The next day, before leaving for work, I pick them up again. The oddest thing is, though, that when I come out in the morning to get them, some of them have gone, while others seem much heavier than they were the previous night.’

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But it takes so long, my Lord

Warrior of the Light Newsletter : Issue 158 is on-line

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The Witch of Portobello

So when the Witch of Portobello came out, I was not exactly running to the bookstore to get it. That was, before a trusted friend recommended the book to me. I was curious. I knew and trusted her preference in books. …
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