Archives for March 2009

Today’s Question by the reader : Stella

Some medias reported the disturbance caused by your biography The Magician. Was this biography published with your authorization? How about its authenticity?

I authorized the biography but Fernando was completely free to use whatever material he wanted.

I never wanted a complacent biography – I gave him the keys to a truck I had with all my writings and only read the book once it was being printed.

I was impressed by certain of the things I did, but I prefer truth in these matters.

When do we need to break the rules?

Sometimes religions can be very dumb. It is the case of my religion – The Catholic Church. In Brazil, we had this case of a young girl who got pregnant and the priest said – no abortion. Why? Because the canons of the Church – without considering the circumstances – denies abortion. So, I would like to know from you when we need to break the rules. Also, if you could elaborate and give me a list of the times when you broke the rules, I would appreciate.

Your Space in my Blog: 27th of March 2009

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Your Space in my Blog: 26st of March 2009

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Association of the Week: The Boat

The boat transports in many traditions celestial bodies across the sky – such as the Sun and the Moon – or the dead to the afterworld.

We frequently find drawings in megalithic tombs (towards the end of Prehistory) depicting the voyage towards the Island of the blessed.

In Scandinavians regions, drawings of boats made during the Bronze Age symbolized another reality, the cosmic revolutions. In Egypt, solar boats were placed next to the Great Pyramid of Giza and were believed to transport the sun across the sky during day time, whilst during the night, these boats would shed light in the kingdom of the dead.

In Christianity, the boat retained basically the symbol of journey, of the crossing of life.

Now you take the floor: what do you associate with the boat?

Your Space in my Blog: 23th of March 2009

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Paulo Coelho sings with Rudolf : Still Loving You

Paulo Coelho canta “Manhí£ de Carnaval”

Yuri Buenaventura sings “Por la Luz”

Rudolf from The Scorpions rocks!

Doors…with Thoughts

The dead man who wore pajamas – part II

Paulo Coelho

The man was identified as a former employee of the company that had built the housing complex, where he had moved to in the early 80s soon after his divorce. He was just over fifty years on the day that all of a sudden, reading the newspaper, he left this world.

His ex-wife never sought for him. It was discovered that the company where he worked had gone bankrupt right after the building had been finished, since no apartment was sold, and so they did not find it odd that the man never turned up for his daily activities. His friends were looked up, and they put his disappearance down to the fact that he had borrowed some money and could not pay it back.

The news ends informing us that the mortal remains were delivered to the ex-wife. I finished reading the article and wondered at the last sentence: the ex-wife was still alive, and for twenty years had not even looked up her husband. What must have gone through her head? That he no longer loved her, that he had decided to remove her for ever from his life. That he had met another woman and disappeared without a trace. That life is like that, once the divorce procedures are over there is no point in carrying on a relationship that has been legally terminated. I imagine what she must have felt upon finding out the fate of the man with whom she had shared a good part of her life.

Then I thought of the dead man in his pajamas, of solitude so utter and abysmal that for twenty years nobody in this whole wide world had realized that he had simply disappeared without leaving a trace. And my conclusion is that worse than feeling hunger and thirst, worse than being jobless, suffering for love, in despair over some defeat – worse than all this is to feel that nobody, absolutely nobody in this world, cares for us.

Let us at this moment say a quiet prayer for this man and let us offer him our thanks for making us reflect on how important our friends are.

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My Favorite Painters – Caravaggio

Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

All battles have some use, including those in which we were defeated.
(The Fifth Mountain)

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Today’s Question by the reader : Kelly from Myspace

Your blog yesterday has me thinking and wondering about something…it mentions men closing their eyes to major travesties around the world and some others that are less major, but no less important…and it is true that warriors of light never/should never accept what is unacceptable.

Tell me…should this apply to our own individual battles? To injustice done to ourselves? How do we know when to fight against this injustice, to fight for our truth, and when we should just let them win, walk away beaten and burned? It is unacceptable to me that this wrong was done to me and that truth and light will never win….what to do?

Oraí§í£o de Sí£o José by Marcia (em portuguíªs)

Saint Joseph, the worker by Pilar

Thank you very much Pilar for this video. Today I will be celebrating with my friends and 24 readers from my social communities (selected on the first come/first served basis) my patron saint, Saint Joseph. We will have a dinner, music, dance, but we will also pray for the sake of the world. This is the English prayer (we will have it in four different languages) that we will pray together at 10:30 PM:

Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor,

obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations;

to gratefully and joyously deem it an honor to employ and to develop by labor the gifts I have received from God,

to work methodically, peacefully, in moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from it through difficulty to work;

above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness, having unceasingly before my eyes
the account I have to render of time lost, talents unused, good not done, and vain complacency in success.

St. Joseph, inspire and guide me for the time to come.

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