Looking for the tree of immortality – Part 2

Paulo Coelho

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On his way back, on climbing a little hill, he remembered that a wise man lived there, and thought: “I have lost all hope of ever finding what I wanted, but at least I can ask for his blessing and beg him to pray for my destiny.”

On reaching the wise man’s house, he could bear it no more and burst into tears.

– Why are you in such despair, my son? – asked the holy man.

– The king charged me to find a tree that was unique in the world, one whose fruit makes us live for ever. I have always fulfilled my duty with loyalty and courage, but this time I am returning home empty-handed.

The wise man began to laugh:

– What you are looking for exists, and it is made of the water of Life that comes from God’s infinite ocean. Your mistake was to try to find a form with a name.

“Sometimes this is called “tree,” other times “sun,” or “cloud,” we can call it anything that exists on the face of the Earth. However, to find this fruit, one must renounce form and seek content.

“Anything that has the presence of the Creation is in itself eternal, nothing can be destroyed.” When our heart stops beating, even so our essence transforms into nature around us. We can become trees, raindrops, plants, or even another human being.

“Why dwell on the word “tree” and forget that we are immortal? We are always reborn in our children, in the love that we show to the world, in each and every gesture of generosity and charity that we practice.

“Go back and tell the king that he need not worry about finding a fruit from some magic tree. Each attitude and decision that he makes now will endure for many generations. So ask him to be fair and just to his people, and if he does his work with dedication, no-one will ever forget him. His example will influence the history of his people and stimulate his children and grandchildren always to act in the best possible way.

And he added: “all those who look for just a name will always be stuck to appearance without ever discovering the hidden mystery of things and the miracle of life.”

“All the fighting that goes on is on account of names: property, jealousy, wealth, immortality. But when we forget the name and look for the reality hiding behind the words, we will have all that we desire – and peace of mind too.”

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Comments

  1. Samaneh says:

    Isn’t this story one of The famous Persian poet Rumi’a poem?

  2. lala says:

    I still want to question something, if you could answer please or give me your thought. In the bible, the tree of Immortality is mentionned, and God after banning Adam and Eve says that He rather banned them now so that they will not find the tree of Immortality. Because finding the tree of knowledge gave them the power to differenciate between bad and good, thus gave them one of the power of God and made them god partly. So to fully ‘be God’ (as I understood it is to eat the fruit of knowledge but also immortality). My concern is this, isn’t that what we are trying to achieve tru enlightement, is the tree of imortality can be referred as reincarnation in love gave to our children, in our next life or trying to understand to mystery of life, which is the fear of death. Because if we did not die, we will keep on hoping for a better tomorrow, since human being are always drown to look for better than they have.
    Please give me your thought on this one.

  3. Cristina says:

    beutiful, moving words. Thank you Paulo.
    Have a nice day

  4. orly says:

    i love ur philosofy- this story represent our ideal way of life,,,, if all of us or each one of us would adapt this philosofy— it would really be the world which no wars – no hatres and only peace with love would lead our way…..
    may be one day AMEN
    and than we’ will know that the MASIA is here!!!

  5. Nanci says:

    ““Anything that has the presence of the Creation is in itself eternal, nothing can be destroyed.” When our heart stops beating, even so our essence transforms into nature around us. We can become trees, raindrops, plants, or even another human being.”

    I love this part. Goes along with the thought that energy never dies, it just changes form.

  6. Marie-Christine says:

    Annie – you are beautiful –
    “Raindrops of love in the hearts of men”
    Love

  7. Josephine in Brussels says:

    I just saw on France 2 this reportage how humans genetically have the possibility to live 150-200 years and all the hot feelings around genetic science. So much research done around our physical wellbeing, so very little done for love.

  8. Mariëlle says:

    Beautiful story once again!

    Love

  9. T.K. says:

    Beautiful and profound. This is beautiful. Clear, concise, correct.

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  11. Hernan Vilar says:

    Paulo,
    I just couldn’t agree more… a moment to be cherished!
    Um abraço,
    Hernán

  12. Pandora says:

    What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet;

    Shakespeare

  13. Irina Black says:

    How to become immortal.(recipe).The Deformity of Mind leads to the Deformity of Body as well, and to..immortality.But to which extent to deform?!-O,it’s inner Alchemy-Jedem das Seine.P.S.The way round is possible as well-we call it Evolution.

  14. See I told you it wasn’t necesserily a tree!
    Beautiful story.

  15. THELMA says:

    I wonder, who will want to stay and be immortal in the three dimensional, material world, our ..prison?
    This is NOT the real life!
    LOVE,
    Thelma

  16. Alexandra says:

    Absolutely wonderful.One of the more beautiful line I ever read.Well said,looking for the content ,not for the form.We are immortals ,just the way the wise man said.Really amazing.

  17. Pandora says:

    This story reminds me of religion, and the many faces of religion, and why people choose to worship a name rather than perceiving the living essence which is in all creation and is open to every one irrespective of what belief system they may hold.

    Peace in the One that is Creation.

  18. Monika says:

    I love this story!

  19. Diego says:

    Wonderful words Paulo.

    each day i am attempt to get there, and your blog is been very helpful on my journey.

    thanks a lot,

    Diego – Brazil

  20. Savita Vega says:

    Yes, it is as this with all intangibles we seek: we often get stuck to certain names or forms and forget the greater essence which fills them with the qualities we seek to attain. Love, for example. Just as with the immortality the king sought after in this story, we fall in love with a particular person and we become attached to them, believing that only in that name and form (only with that one specific person) can we find fulfillment. Then, if that person suddenly leaves or is not longer there, we feel that the universe has shrunk, that the promise life once held for us simply is not there any longer. We feel lost, alone, adrift in a world no longer capable of fulfilling our hopes and desires. In essence, it is a little like the old saying about “putting all of one’s eggs into one basket” – we have poured all our hopes and dreams, all our expectations, into that one name and form, into that one person. So, when we lose that person, we feel like we will never know love or joy or true companionship again. All of the ideas and expectations of fulfillment that we have of love, we have balled up and placed into that one vessel, that one person, that one name and form. In this attachment, we completely forget that behind that name and form, behind all names and forms, is the true essence, the greater being, which fills them all with their various attributes and qualities. Of course we know love again. Of course we can find pleasure and joy and all the other qualities we seek in other names and forms. God has not abandoned us when we are abandoned by a lover, but often it feels so, simply because we forget that God is the real provider, and that person, that one name or form, is merely the vessel carrying the qualities we seek.

    To put this in more concrete terms: A friend of mine was recently reading a book that she was very excited about. She called and told me all about it. The basis of the book was simply this: In order to get over a breakup in a love affair, one only need do this – examine the relationship with open eyes, pinpoint the qualities or expectations they sought to fulfill in and through that relationship, and then look for other people or places in their life where those same hopes and needs might be met. AND keep in mind that all those hopes and needs might not be met by a single person, but by many. In short, don’t be so quick, this time, to “put all your eggs into one basket” – don’t ball up all your hopes and dreams and expectations of this life and lay them on the shoulders of a single person, expecting that one name and form to carry within it all that you ever wanted and needed in this life. Don’t be attached. Let God give you what you need, a little here, a little there, in many vessels: in friends, in family, in co-workers, in pets, even in strangers you may meet only momentarily, and yes, in your lover, but not in your lover alone, to the exclusion of all others who enter your life.

    And this is so, not only with love and immortality, but with all intangibles we seek to attain in this life. Don’t get stuck to names and forms. What you seek, what you need, is indeed there. It just may not always take the name or form you expect.

  21. There is nothing called immortality only thing that remain are deeds, indeed !