Archives for December 2007

Warrior of Light and Love

One of my most favourite excerpts from Paulo Coelho’s writings. [Thanks to Kishore for finding it for me!] …
 
This article is written by Awais Aftab. Please visit the blog A Myth in Creation to read the rest.

THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ

I didn’t like read books about stories when I was in the high school and later in the College, I just read scientific books, related to my career, but when I finished the studies I had a lot of free time and I decided to read some books that my sister had.
During this new hobby I …
 
This article is written by RickPhd. Please visit the blog English Sixth Level to read the rest.

St Augustine and logic

By Paulo Coelho

God speaks to us through signs. It is a highly individual language which requires us to have faith and discipline if we are fully to absorb it.
 
This is how St Augustine was converted. He had spent years searching in various philosophies for an answer to the meaning of life. One evening, in the garden of his house in Milan, he was reflecting on the utter failure of his search when he heard the sing-song voice of a child saying: ‘Pick it up and read it! Pick it up and read it!’
 
Although he had always been ruled by logic, he decided, on an impulse, to open the first book that came to hand. It was the Bible, and he read part of an epistle by St Paul, which contained all the answers he was looking for.
 
From then on, Augustine’s logic made room for faith, and he became one of the Church’s greatest theologians.

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The Zahir

There are several quotes that I can get out of this.
Learnt a few things also about life…. you know realizations and all.
There is the crazy part where he writes about …
 
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The Alchemist ~ Paulo Coelho

No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.
 
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The Fifth Mountain

“There are inevitable moments of misfortune which interrupt our lives. However, they happen for a reason.” Sometimes the world seems to have conspired against us, and so we ask ourselves, “Why does this have to happen to me?” Confronted by the inevitable, some of us become discouraged; others …
 
This article is written by shelou. Please visit the blog One Feisty Fox to read the rest.

The bicycle race

By Paulo Coelho

Life is a great bicycle race, whose goal is the fulfilment of one’s Personal Legend.
 
We all set off together, sharing our friendship and enthusiasm. But as the race progresses, that initial happiness fades before some very real challenges: tiredness, boredom, doubts about our own abilities.
 
We notice that a few friends have given up – they are still cycling, but only because they cannot stop in the middle of the road; there are a lot of them, pedalling dutifully along beside the support vehicle, talking amongst themselves.
 
We finally leave them behind, and then we come face to face with loneliness, unfamiliar bends in the road, mechanical problems with the bike. And after a while, we start to ask ourselves if it’s really worth all the effort.
 
Yes, it is. It’s just a question of not giving up.

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The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

“What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over.”
 
“I don’t regret the painful times; I bear my scars as if they were medals.”
 
“Blessed are those who are …
 
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Paulo Coelho

Lately, I must admit, I did not have too much energy to write about my usual themes. In one way or the other, to me, part of “the trip” is understanding that integrating and …
 
This article is written by Mike Janssen. Please visit the blog Opgestroopte mouwen to read the rest.

Talking with the Devil (by Paulo Coehlo)

The man is admiring the sunset on a beautiful beach, beside his wife, enjoying well-deserved holidays. Everything seems absolutely in place, when all of a sudden, from the bottom of his heart there comes a nice, friendly voice that asks him a difficult question:
 
“Are you happy?”
 
This article is translated by James Mulholland. Please visit The Bali Times to read the rest.

Reflecting on what one has learned

By Paulo Coelho

Rabbi Elisha ben Abuyah used to say:
 
‘Those who are open to life’s lessons and who do not live on a diet of prejudices are like a blank sheet of paper on which God writes his words in divine ink.
 
Those who view the world through cynical, prejudiced eyes are like a sheet of paper that has already been filled and on which there is no room for any new words.
 
Do not concern yourself with what you know or what you do not know. Do not think about the past or the future, merely allow God’s hands to write the surprises of the present on each new day.’

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The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

Athena marries young and divorces young. She bears a child, she searches for a mother. She dances in London, in Dubai, in Transylvania. She dances for the Gods, and for the Gypsies. She dances with her eyes closed and …
 
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battle lost?

i am done……………….
i have lost a battle.. a battle against self..
i didn’t realize that i was battling self.
 
asked to speak but i have nothing to say now.
questioned but i have nothing to ask.
i am emotionally drained but unsatiated.
Not restless but not at peace.
 
This article is written by renji nair. Please visit the blog Said it……..say it…. to read the rest.

the Zahir…

I went to the train station today and learned that the distance between riel road tracks is always 143.5 centimeters why this absurd measurement I asked my girl friend to find out and this is what she discovered when they built the …
 
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The Lesson of the Butterfly

By Paulo Coelho

A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed to make a small hole, but its body was too large to get through it. After a long struggle, it appeared to be exhausted and remained absolutely still.
 
The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled.
 
The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shrivelled wings, incapable of flight.
 
What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.
 
Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the next obstacle to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to fight the next battle and never manages to fly off to their destiny.
 
(Adapted from a story sent in by Sonaira D’Avila)

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the zahir

There are a million things that i would like to say about this book, but it just comes down to one thing: that it is beautiful. Paulo Coelho has managed to put me in a sort of trance, immersing myself inside his world of pain, suffering, longing, enlightenment and love. What the main character felt, I felt. What the main character saw, I saw. In a sense, I had …
 
This article is written by grace gunawan. Please visit the blog rants of an anamorphic diva to read the rest.

Latest Reading…

So in the last 2 weeks I’ve read two books…
 
The Zahir by Paulo Coelho. Tiff lent me this book and I really liked it. It is the story of a famous novelist whose wife disappears without any notice and the journey he takes to find her. There is …
 
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