Looking for the tree of immortality – Part 1

Paulo Coelho

The famous Persian poet Rumi tells us that one day, in a village in the north of what is now Iran, there appeared a man who told marvelous stories about a tree whose fruit made whoever ate of it immortal.

The news soon reached the ears of the king, but before he could ask the exact location of the such a prodigy of nature, the traveler had already departed.

Nonetheless, the king was determined to become immortal, for he wanted to have enough time to turn his kingdom into an example for all the peoples of the world. When he was a young man he had dreamed of making poverty disappear, teaching justice, feeding every single one of his subjects, but soon realized that this was the work of more than one generation. Still, life had given him a chance and he was not going to let it slip through his fingers. He called the bravest man in his court and entrusted him to find the tree.

The man left the following day carrying enough money to obtain information, food and all that was necessary to attain his objective. He traveled through many towns and over plains and mountains, asking questions and offering rewards. The honest people told him that such a tree did not exist; the cynics treated him with ironic respect, and some crooks sent him off to remote places just to get some coins for their information.

After many disappointments, the man decided to give up his search.

Although he admired his sovereign immensely, he would return empty-handed. He realized that this meant he would lose his honor, but he was tired and convince that such a tree did not exist.

The rest of this story will be posted here tomorrow

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Comments

  1. jeeva says:

    Talking about iran, i just came home from iran, completed the witch of portobello there after a six month journey with Athena. Is iran where athena went to fill the space between time for her? Couldnt stop sensing her there the whole time.

  2. nadia hanif says:

    it sounds like a bedtime story!

  3. Savita Vega says:

    That’s funny – I read the whole story this morning (or did I imagine it?), and now the ending has vanished into thin air, like that fabled tree of which the man spoke. Ah well, I’ll save my comment then for tomorrow. We may not have all eternity – the immortality we yearn for – but surely we have that long….

  4. ILVA Aleksejeva says:

    *** „Cranberry marshes are flooded with water to aid in harversting,” answered Master when young woman asked him about „tree of immortality”. After that she tried to get couple of red berries with her foil.

  5. orly says:

    life is wonderful, i love to live but i wouldnt like to live for ever,,,,,, and i think maybe i would like to leave some memories from my life so if my kids or grand kids r interested,,,, this will be my immortality memouar!

  6. Nancy says:

    I think the king should have done the searching for the tree. If you are seeking for something a person does not send someone else to do the job. The king wishes to eat the fruits of a tree which will make him immortal so he must search for it.

  7. Mariëlle says:

    Look forward to reading the second part!

    Love

  8. jeeva says:

    Talking about iran, i just came home from iran, completed the witch of portobello there after a six month journey with Athena. Is iran where athena went to fill the space between time for her? Couldnt stop sensing her there the whole time.

  9. -Crystal Ship- says:

    That tree really exists but I don’t know if it’s really a tree.
    Then tree would be a symbol of life then.
    I have a pic of “The Tree of life” by Gustav Klimt on my blog.Really like it.
    Will read the second part tomorrow.
    :)

  10. karen says:

    Hi Paulo,
    Funny coincidences. On Saturday afternoon, I found a picture of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life – the archetypical tree of immortality.
    Then yesterday morning I picked up a book on my book shelf and the front cover was another picture of The Tree of Life.
    And today I read this entry.
    I don’t know how this story will end, but I know that the Universe is speaking.
    Probably through this story you are leaving here on your blog.
    Blessings,
    karen xxxxxxxxx

  11. Alexandra says:

    We have fairy tales with springs of water that makes heroes immortal.But they get bored of a long life,losing all friends,all relatives.And they search a way to get peace and rest in death.I dont know what to think.

  12. THELMA says:

    The Elixir of life. The Alchemist’s dream.
    LOVE,
    Thelma