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By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light does not always have faith.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Does the teacher suffer if he has bad disciples?

By Paulo Coelho


 
A disciple said to Firoz:
 
‘The mere presence of a teacher inevitably attracts all kinds of inquisitive people, eager to discover something to their own advantage. Could that prove prejudicial to the teacher or a negative influence? Could that not turn the teacher from his path or cause him to suffer because he failed to teach what he intended to teach?’
 
Firoz, the Sufi master, replied:
 
‘The sight of a pineapple tree laden with fruit awakens the appetite of everyone who passes by. If someone chooses to eat more than his fill, he will end up consuming too many pineapples and will suffer the consequences. The owner of the tree doesn’t get indigestion though. It is the same thing with the Search. The path must be open to all, but God determines what limits to place on each individual.’

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Many attribute the success of your work, or at least in part, to the times we live in. Since the announcement of the death of all ideologies, it seems that men desire to return to times where he has reflected more about his own human condition. Your work, in all its simplicity, seems to have met these desires. What can you say about my comments?
 
The death of ideologies has not been announced. What has been announced is the death of a whole system of archaic thoughts. Men will always need an ideal because this is part of the human nature.
 
All men in my view are like volcanoes. The mass accumulates but nothing is transformed in the surface. A man asks himself: will my life always be like this? In a given moment the process of eruption begins. If he is an intelligent man, he will allow the lava in the interior to leave and change the scenery in his surroundings, if he is not, then he will try to control the explosion. From then on, he will use all his energy in trying to keep the volcano under control. I have been pragmatic enough during my life to understand that in certain moments of my life, it is necessary to withstand the pain caused by the explosion in order to be able to enjoy the new scenery around me.
 
There are many opinions as for why humanity is always searching for its own ethics. A friend of mine sent me a story once by the Internet about a man that used to tell his grand daughter about the two animals that used to inhabit his soul: a dog that protected it, and a wolf that used to devour anything it could find around. The grand daughter asks him then which one of the two was the strongest, to what the man answers: the strongest is always the one I feed the most, depending on the circumstances.
 
The central ideology of the human race, from the beginnings of the times is this: respect your neighbor, please.

Édition nº 163 : Le guerrier de la lumière et la nouvelle année

Savoir attendre

Le guerrier de la lumière a besoin de temps pour lui. Il met ce temps à profit pour le repos, la contemplation, le contact avec l’Âme du Monde. Même en plein combat, il parvient à méditer.

Quelquefois, le guerrier s’assoit, se détend et laisse se poursuivre tout ce qui se passe autour de lui. Il regarde ce qui l’entoure comme s’il était un spectateur, il ne tente ni de progresser ni de régresser – il se laisse simplement aller sans résistance au mouvement de la vie.

Peu à peu, tout ce qui semblait compliqué commence à devenir simple. Et le guerrier se réjouit.

Découvrir l’objectif

Quand nous désirons quelque chose, tout l’Univers conspire en notre faveur. Le guerrier de la lumière le sait.

Alors, il fait très attention à ses pensées. Cachés derrière toutes sortes de bonnes intentions, se trouvent des sentiments que personne n’ose s’avouer : la vengeance, l’autodestruction, la culpabilité, la peur de la victoire, la joie macabre devant la tragédie qui affecte les autres.

L’Univers ne juge pas : il conspire à la réalisation de nos désirs. C’est pourquoi le guerrier a le courage de regarder vers les zones d’ombre de son âme et tâche de les illuminer de la lumière du pardon.

Comprendre la routine

Le chemin du guerrier traverse parfois des périodes de routine. Il applique alors un enseignement de Nahman de Bratzlav :

« Si tu ne parviens pas à te concentrer, ou si ta journée est ennuyeuse, contente-toi de répéter un simple mot, parce que cela fait du bien à l’âme. Ne dis rien de plus, répète seulement ce mot sans arrêt, d’innombrables fois. Il finira par perdre son sens, puis acquerra une signification nouvelle. Dieu ouvrira les portes, et finalement tu n’utiliseras plus que ce simple mot pour dire tout ce que tu voudras. »

Quand il est forcé d’accomplir la même tâche plusieurs fois, le guerrier recourt à cette tactique et transforme son ouvrage en prière.

Célébrer l’année qui se termine

Le guerrier a vécu tous les jours de l’année qui est passée et, même s’il a perdu de grandes batailles, il a survécu et il est là. C’est une victoire. Cette victoire a eu pour prix des moments difficiles, des nuits de doute, d’interminables jours d’attente. Depuis les temps anciens, célébrer un triomphe fait partie du rituel de la vie.

La commémoration est un rite de passage.

Les compagnons du guerrier de la lumière le voient manifester sa joie, et ils pensent : « Pourquoi fait-il cela ? Il risque d’être déçu dans son prochain combat. Il risque de s’attirer la fureur de l’ennemi. »

Mais le guerrier connaît la raison de son geste. Il profite du plus beau cadeau que la victoire puisse apporter : la confiance.

Le guerrier célèbre l’année qui est passée, pour avoir plus de forces dans les batailles de demain.

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Edición nº 163 : El guerrero de la luz y el año nuevo

Saber esperar

El guerrero de la luz necesita tiempo para sí mismo. Y dedica este tiempo al descanso, a la contemplación, y al contacto con el Alma del Mundo. Incluso en mitad de un combate, él consigue meditar.

En ciertas ocasiones, el guerrero se sienta, se relaja, y deja que todo lo que ocurre a su alrededor simplemente continúe ocurriendo. Lo mira todo lo que le rodea como un espectador, sin pretender crecer o disminuir, tan sólo entregándose sin resistencia al movimiento de la vida.

Poco a poco, todo lo que parecía complicado empieza a simplificarse. Y el guerrero se alegra.

Descubriendo el objetivo

Cuando alguien quiere algo, el Universo entero conspira a su favor. El guerrero de la luz lo sabe bien.

Por esta razón, es muy cuidadoso con sus pensamientos. Escondidos bajo algunas capas de buenas intenciones, se encuentran los deseos que nadie se atreve a reconocer: la venganza, la autodestrucción, la culpa, el miedo a la victoria, la alegría macabra con las tragedias ajenas…

El Universo no juzga: conspira a favor de lo que deseamos. Por eso, el guerrero tiene el valor necesario para encarar las sombras de su alma, y procura iluminarlas con la luz del perdón.

El guerrero de la luz es señor de sus pensamientos.

Comprendiendo la rutina

A veces el camino del guerrero pasa por periodos de rutina. Entonces él aplica una de las enseñanzas de Nachman de Bratislava:

“Si no consigues concentrarte, o cierto día estás irritado, basta con que repitas una misma y sencilla palabra, pues esto le hace bien al alma. No digas nada más, limítate a repetir esta palabra sin parar, incontables veces. Dicha palabra acabará perdiendo su sentido, para a continuación ganar un nuevo significado. Dios abrirá las puertas, y tú acabarás empleando esta simple palabra para decir todo lo que querías”.

Cuando se ve forzado a repetir la misma tarea varias veces, el guerrero utiliza esta táctica, transformando su trabajo en oración.

Celebrando el año que termina

El guerrero vivió todos los días del año que acaba de pasar, y aun habiendo perdido grandes batallas, sobrevivió, aún está aquí. Eso ya es una victoria. Una victoria que costó momentos difíciles, noches de dudas, interminables días de espera. Desde los tiempos más remotos, celebrar un triunfo forma parte del propio ritual de la vida.

La celebración es un rito de pasaje.

Los compañeros presencian la alegría del guerrero de la luz, y piensan: “¿Por qué lo hace? Puede decepcionarse en su próximo combate. Puede atraer la furia del enemigo”.

Pero el guerrero conoce el motivo de su gesto. Él se beneficia del mejor regalo que la victoria puede darle: la confianza.

El guerrero celebra el año que termina, para tener más fuerzas en las batallas futuras.

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Edição nº 163 : O guerreiro da luz e o novo ano

Sabendo esperar

O guerreiro da luz precisa de tempo para si mesmo. E usa este tempo para o descanso, a contemplação, o contacto com a Alma do Mundo. Mesmo no meio de um combate, ele consegue meditar.

Em algumas ocasiões o guerreiro senta-se, relaxa, e deixa que tudo que está acontecendo ao seu redor continue acontecendo. Olha tudo a sua volta como se fosse um espectador, não tenta crescer nem diminuir – apenas entregar-se sem resistência ao movimento da vida.

Aos poucos, tudo que parecia complicado começa a tornar-se simples. E o guerreiro se alegra.

Descobrindo o objetivo

Quando se quer uma coisa, o Universo inteiro conspira a favor. O guerreiro da luz sabe disso.

Por esta razão, toma muito cuidado com seus pensamentos. Escondidos debaixo de uma série de boas intenções estão desejos que ninguém ousa confessar a si mesmo: a vingança, a autodestruição, a culpa, o medo da vitória, a alegria macabra com a tragédia dos outros.

O Universo não julga: conspira a favor do que desejamos. Por isso, o guerreiro tem coragem de olhar para as sombras de sua alma e procura iluminá-las com a luz do perdão.

O guerreiro da luz é senhor dos seus pensamentos.

Entendendo a rotina

Há momentos em que o caminho do guerreiro passa por períodos de rotina. Então ele aplica um ensinamento de Nachman de Bratzlav:

“Se você não consegue se concentrar, ou se está aborrecido com o seu dia, deve repetir apenas uma simples palavra, porque isto faz bem a alma. Não diga nada mais, apenas repita esta palavra sem parar, incontáveis vezes. Ela terminará perdendo seu sentido, e depois ganhará um significado novo. Deus abrirá as portas, e você terminará usando esta simples palavra para dizer tudo o que queria”.

Quando é forçado a fazer a mesma tarefa várias vezes, o guerreiro utiliza esta tática, e transforma o seu trabalho em oração.

Celebrando o ano que termina

O guerreiro viveu todos os dias do ano que passou, e mesmo que tenha perdido grandes batalhas, sobreviveu e está aqui. Isso é uma vitória. Esta vitória custou momentos difíceis, noites de dúvidas, intermináveis dias de espera. Desde os tempos antigos, celebrar um triunfo faz parte do próprio ritual da vida.

A comemoração é um rito de passagem.

Os companheiros olham a alegria do guerreiro da luz, e pensam: “por que faz isto? Pode decepcionar-se em seu próximo combate. Pode atrair a fúria do inimigo”.

Mas o guerreiro sabe o motivo de seu gesto. Ele se beneficia do melhor presente que a vitória é capaz de trazer: confiança.

O guerreiro celebra o ano que passou, para ter mais forças nas batalhas de amanhã.

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The Warrior of Light and the new year

Knowing how to wait

The Warrior of Light needs time to himself. And he uses this time to rest and contemplate and contact the Soul of the World. He manages to meditate even in the middle of a combat.

On some occasions the warrior sits down, relaxes and lets everything that is happening around him go on happening. He looks around him as if he were a spectator, does not try to grow or diminish, just commits himself unresistingly to the movement of life.

Little by little everything that seemed so complicated becomes simple. And the warrior becomes happy.

Discovering the objective

When we want something, the whole Universe conspires in our favor. The Warrior of Light knows this.

That is why he takes great care with his thoughts. Hiding under a bunch of good intentions are desires that no-one dares confess to themselves: vengeance, self-destruction, guilt, fear of victory, macabre happiness at the tragedy of others.

The Universe does not judge: it conspires in favor of what we want. That is why the warrior is brave enough to look at the shadows of his soul and tries to illuminate them with the light of pardon.

The Warrior of Light is the master of his thoughts.

Understanding routine

There are moments when the warrior’s path goes through periods of routine. Then he applies a lesson given by Nachman of Bratzlav:

“If you can’t manage to concentrate, or if you are bothered about your day, you should repeat just one simple word, because that does the soul good. Don’t say anything else, just repeat that word no end of times without stopping. It will eventually lose its meaning, and then take on new significance. God will open the doors and you will end up using that simple word to express all that you wanted.”

When the warrior is forced to perform the same task over and over again, he uses this tactic and turns his work into prayer.

Celebrating the year that is ending

The warrior has lived each and every day of the year that has gone by, and even though he has lost some great battles, he has survived and here he is. This is a victory. This victory has cost many difficult moments, nights of doubts, endless days of waiting. Since ancient times, celebrating a triumph has been part of the ritual of life itself.

Commemorating is a rite of passage.

His companions look at the happiness of the Warrior of Light and think to themselves: “why does he do this? He could be beaten in his next combat. He may provoke the enemy’s fury.”

But the warrior knows the reason for his gesture. He gains strength from the best present that victory can offer: confidence.

The warrior celebrates the year that has come to an end so he can be stronger for tomorrow’s battles.

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