‘But who taught you that?’

A man decided to go in search of God.

And he went after the masters who were said to have profound knowledge about the reasons for which the universe had been created and promised to explain what God wanted from humanity.

‘But who taught you that?’ he asked the masters. ‘Was it God Himself?’

The masters would say many beautiful words, but they weren’t able to define exactly who taught them everything they preached to the four winds.

Therefore, after a few days of learning here and there, the man would always move on. In his travels he ended up learning about a valley in which the peasants affirmed that at a nearby mountain, God would speak to those who reached it.

And the man went to the mountain. He waited for three days, fasting and praying, but God didn’t approach him.

On the fourth day, already desperate, he shouted: ‘Where are you?’ Echo answered: ‘Where are you?’

And from that moment on, the man understood that God asked the same question and that He was seeking him too.

Comments

  1. Begoña says:

    LOS ODRES NUEVOS SIEMPRE PRODUCEN BUENOS RESULTADOS Marcos
    3: 7-12, ó ” La importancia de la meditación Zen sin gato”

  2. Heart says:

    If this was the whole truth, it would be as meaningful for me to open an empty journal and write down my thoughts as it is to come to this blog and type a response. But it’s not. While the journal is mostly an empty echo of our own voice, communicating within a community is filled with echoes of all of us. Which makes it so much more interesting..

    1. Marie-Christine says:

      It makes it for an interesting dessert gourmand
      Thank you heart
      with love
      Marie-christine

  3. ferrol shariff says:

    “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.”- Quran, 2:186
    :)

  4. margherita says:

    Paulo,
    chi ha scritto questa storia-aneddoto?
    L’hai scritta tu oppure è tratta da qualche altro libro?
    L’escamotage finale , l’eco, che ripete: “dove sei?” mi inquieta molto.
    Cosa vuole significare?
    Che l’uomo cerca semplicemente Dio e non lo trova perchè questa ricerca avviene solo nel momento del bisogno, oppure questo -eco- rappresenta il rapporto troppo aleatorio, intangibile, immaginario tra Dio stesso e l’uomo?
    Hai presente, Paulo, il particolare della Cappella Sistina, dove il dito di Dio e quello di Adamo si trovano a pochi centimetri ma non arrivano a toccarsi?
    Perchè il divino e l’umano (il terrestre) sono condannati a non toccarsi in modo tangibile ma solo a livello spirituale, immaginario, sensoriale nel senso più trascendentale?
    Cosa rappresentano le nostre -religioni- nella storia dell’universo?
    Un anelito, un sogno, un desiderio di sfuggire alla nostra fine, intesa come morte di ciò che possiamo toccare e percepire concretamente?
    Mi trovo spesso a misurarmi in quei pochi centimetri di distanza tra -le due dita che non si toccano-, fossilizzate per sempre in quell’affresco dell’immenso Michelangelo: provo ad allargare le braccia del cuore e dell’anima per cercare di avvicinare le -due dita-, per collocarmi in una posizione che mi dia conforto e qualche certezza in più sulla vera esistenza di Dio (e per Dio non intendo quello del mio credo religioso, ma quello -unico- di tutte le religioni) ma la distanza, che pare così esigua, rimane tale.
    E allora piango di disperazione: non perchè Dio non mi viene incontro e si rende visibile ma perchè, umanamente, ho paura che Lui non esista, almeno nella forma in cui sono stata educata a credere che esista. Posso accettare di non vedere Dio ma vorrei tanto che fossi più certa almeno della sua esistenza.
    Se guardo con i “paraocchi ” è più facile credere, ma se guardo tutto il mondo, con la molteplicità delle religioni, mi risulta più difficile credere che la mia religione sia quella giusta, che il mio Dio sia il solo e vero.
    E allora, dove sta la verità?
    Non mi basta un eco per tranquillizzare la paura della mia coscienza, della mia anima.
    Ho bisogno di molto di più, ho bisogno di comunicare agli altri i miei dubbi e le mie paure. Forse non c’è risposta alle mie domande, anzi, sono sicura che non ci sia nessuno al mondo che possa fugare i miei dubbi, ma se solo gli esseri umani volessero fare -comunione- nella ricerca della verità e della pace, forse allora anche Dio non ci parlerebbe più attraverso l’eco delle nostre domande ma direttamente attraverso la voce di tutti gli uomini della terra.
    Questo credo, che abbiamo la chiave per aprire la porta della conoscenza di dio ma che non la possiamo usare perchè abbiamo sempre escluso la serratura della concordia.

    1. Begoña says:

      “La Quinta Montaña”.
      Autor: Paulo Coelho.
      Una Novela sobre lo inevitable.

  5. chris says:

    thankyou so much dear paulo, and nice to meet all you nice people here… much blessings :)

  6. I beautiful way to capture spiritual searching. Interesting to think of God as searching as well. Thank you for the inspiration.

  7. Marie-Christine says:

    Ma per che
    and how wealthy the sol is when the master piece is how to reach for the sky and touch the stars in the moon light with love and peace.
    Marie-Christine

  8. Marie-Christine says:

    A soul searching delight
    With love and peace.
    Marie-Christine

  9. Sonika says:

    God! I tried to connect with him. But i am unsuccessful. Since last few days I am feeling very low. I am having a philosophical breakdown. Nothing motivates me. I am not able to finish anything, i just leave it in half which not good. i donot know what to do. Can anyone help me???? I would really appreciate it mainly thankful.

    1. Tabi -Labkhand says:

      Hi my Dear,i think just now u r connected to God so strongly then u cant see him coz now u r fixed so much tightly ,it is just my feeling,i am sure that now u r so much near to God that u cant see,beleive me coz my feeling doesnt lie me.now be silent and listen to God he is wispering 4 u,coz he is nearer to every body than his or her neck artery,he herself told this ,then my dear close ur eyes and just listen to God’s wisper,im sure u will hear.

    2. Mimi says:

      Find the reason why you feel this way, get rid of the reason, and take a deep breath, go ahead.
      I love you too,
      Mimi

    3. rita says:

      Forget yourself for a time and help someone else. Then you will see more clearly and feel some peace.

    4. Katherine Klenner says:

      I agree with Rita. Sometimes the best way to help yourself is to help someone else. Go take a (new!) pair of socks to a homeless person, pick some flowers to give away or bake a cake or help an old lady across the road. Then have a listen to God, I think you’ll feel him smiling down on you after that :) And always remember – feelings sometimes lie. Just because you feel God is not around you at the moment does not make it true. Be thankful for everything you have too, this also helps :) x

  10. Zubin Rashid says:

    Faith and belief are so personal. The individual has his own perceptions of being. We question the existence of God and what He says. I question the existence of my own self. Who am I? How did I come into being? What is the purpose of my life? And then there is the inner voice that tells me, “The answers are within you. It is what you want is who you are. It is what you do is who you become.”

    Is that what you hear?

  11. cristina cabral says:

    Paulo hoje encontrei com você no Rio de janeiro, quero dizer seu poster” Eu sou nós”, Dei Bom Dia,

  12. Psalmbody says:

    Inside, they (k)new.
    Reflect, loves… .

  13. Jacqueline says:

    Man started to thinks in object and subject, created a language around it and created God.
    The life beyond words became the unreal, although the unreal is more obvious as the real.
    The moment man created God, God was forgotten.
    The moment he declares clearness, his eyes turn dark.

  14. Child of Earth says:

    thank you Marie-Christine! and thank you Paulo.
    with Love

  15. pradeepa says:

    dearest paulo

    1. pradeepa says:

      its a great day here as everyone around’s celebratin the festival of lights its really a day of light for me cos of u thank u for leading me to the light….i finally feel that I AM…..BLESS U

  16. aurora says:

    nos vamos a encontrar pronto

  17. Dmitriy says:

    When you awaken in the unconditional love – God, you gain confidence. And there is only one place where you will find God – a place within himself.

  18. Marie-Christine says:

    Mon Dieu… que la montagne est belle.

  19. Aakash says:

    Happy Diwali!

  20. LoveM says:

    I AM THAT…echoes…THAT I AM

    When you pray without a sound
    And you hear without a sound
    Then the love of God resounds
    And your world with God abounds

    God you’re beautiful
    Are you listening or am I
    Talking to myself

    God is everywhere
    But where ever you seek Her
    God will not be there

    Ah the name of God
    Sounds in all of creation
    Ah hallelujah

    Calling the Divine
    By so many names… Ha-Ha
    One I love the most

    God its so Lovely
    Here inside your warm bosom
    And laughing belly

    My God did we laugh
    That delicious vibration
    Is Your Very Voice

    The mind makes your world
    teacher…God… even yourself
    As something outside

    Something in me sees…
    Yes… I see that… I am That…
    I-less-EYE…which sees…

    Bless this seeing…
    LoveM

  21. Atreyu says:

    A ver si me paso luego a por el libro, siempre me hablan.

    Hasta pronto, creo que das una charla en twitter, a ver si puedo verla, porque hoy tengo el día completo, clase de música y de tai chi, uno de mis días favoritos.

    Un saludo.

  22. Atreyu says:

    Pues que queden en un bar a tomar algo, no?

    Un saludo.

  23. Olta Canka says:

    If you expect to be taught from others what you know by YOUrself, you’ll keep being lost.

    Where are you?

    Love
    Olta

  24. rick says:

    ask and you will recieve !!

  25. Dmitriy says:

    Some believe in God, others – in Allah, and others – the “little green men”, and the fifth in what do not believe. So what is there really? Maybe there – is that what we – each of us individually – believe? It is said: “… According to your faith will repay everyone!” – Then everyone will get what he believes.

  26. Jessica G says:

    Yes I wonder to where God is ….. it feels like he left me today ….. or is he just doing things for my higher purpose and I can´t see it right now ??? Well if someone find “him” please let me know ;-) Love and light Jessica

    1. Sonika says:

      Hi! guess what?Even i am in same state. Even i posted same kind of post.

    2. Marie-Christine Grimard says:

      Dear Jessica
      Within each day, there is probably a second of sweetness shared in a glance or a word in an image or a landscape… . I believe this is where God shows Himself. All this can not be only a result of chance. But sometimes, it’s just a little friendship in which He shows His warmth. Today, it is this human touch that I send you with one kiss from France. Have a nice day my dear friend. Chris

  27. Child of Earth says:

    Before I go

    Just for some minutes I sit
    upright like a mountain, majestic.
    I point to my heart and say: Here
    Then I sit quietly
    attend to my breathing.
    May I develop the heart.

    1. Marie-Christine says:

      sounds echo logical to me.
      understanding the waves and how it moves me with the breath
      noticing how in the Alpha bet
      Alpha comes first, bet after
      Belle onde where ever are you going to take me I’ll sail away with you for the day, that mystery that is unfolding itself
      That’s all I can do and enjoy it and see how I react to it and how I can measure my waves.
      Am I with Beta or am I in Alpha?
      Then I can re direct or stay with the thing for a little while and think about it and most of the time just let it be, I know it’s only temporary I have learned it is not such a big deal any longer.
      and it saves energy.
      thank you for sharing
      Have a loving day
      with love
      Marie-Christine
      ‘La terre est une patrie, l;humanite ma famille’ K. Gibran
      Pour connaitre la joie, il faut partager. Le bonheur est ne jumeau (Lord Byron)

  28. Begoña says:

    De la Qiunta montaña, verdad Paulo?.
    Tengo que retomar la lectura de todos los libros que leí hace tres o cuatro años, porque ya me falla la memoria, durante un tiempo recorde perfectamente el contenido del argumento de todos y cada uno.
    También tengo que ponerme al día con los dos o tres últimos.
    Ayer, repasando fotos tuyas en la red, he detectado, en estos tres o cuatro años, un ligero aumento de peso en tí?, y eso creo que es lo que me despistó cuando hipoteticamente estuviste en mi ciudad, se te ha redondeado un poco la cara, y claro, yo buscaba al más guapo de todos los coelho’s… el del físico… es broma, la auténtica belleza, que perdura y no se marchita, es la interior, y esa, es indudable que tú la posees. Eso es lo que le preguntaba Dios al hombre”??.

  29. Alexa says:

    What a good point. Interesting enough…I loved the ending of the story.

  30. Marie-Christine Grimard says:

    We are a small part of the universe, but in each of us, the whole universe is beating.
    However, some of us, as you Paulo, are more “enlightened” than others.
    Then the others try to approach this light, like butterflies around a lantern. Has one, already asked what he wanted to the butterfly: or a few heat, or only light itself?
    It is to you to explain us, how that light through you, to irradiate to each of us. Whence it comes, that’s another story ….
    I love the stories … tell us this ..
    With my thanks and my love
    Chris

  31. Morag says:

    This is so true what we seek is already there

  32. arun says:

    FROM GOD WITH LOVE:
    My lovely awakened children, My best creation, I love you all and thy shall know that death is only illusion. I am the life in your body. I am everywhere. I am the omniscient and omnipotent infinite self hood, everlasting life. I am the laugh of Innocent child. I am the tear of a broken man. I am joy of lovers. Be quiet and hear me through your inner voice. I have given you the brain to understand who you are. I am your divine friend present with you as shadow. I am the LOVE, LIGHT, TRUTH and SUPER SOUL. I am the God and your strength. I am the passion , positive thinking and bright energy. You can experience me through the sweat of hard work, through the sacrifice of an unknown soldier/cop, through the calmness of karma yogi, through the sharing of your best fruit with hungry and needy human being. I am the fully grown shaded tree, blossom flower and fully ripe fruit. You can understand me through newly born’s sweet scent. I am visible in all colors, clouds and rain drops. I am an eternal life in your immortal soul traveling for merging in me. Do not look here and there, The reality is I, Me and Myself.

  33. Shine says:

    Beautiful story Paulo. The answers are in our heart as Buddha has put it, love Avantika

  34. Shine says:

    Dearest Paulo,
    Happy Diwali, love Avantika

  35. Liz says:

    God seeks us too. That is most re-affirming. This thing about faith; a believe in something we cannot see; is so amazing. But even most amazing is that through faith we become greater than we thought we ever could. Through believing that we have God in us, then we no longer should be afraid; afraid of ourselves, of other people and afraid of life. God is Love; and in the presence of Love, there is no fear.

  36. Bhavik Bamania says:

    That’s the secret of life from most of the people were remain unknown and seek them here and there. In Hindi there is a proverb which goes “Deer spends his life in search of musk which resides in his navel himself”

  37. cristina says:

    Enhorabuena, todo lo mejor!

  38. tabi-smile says:

    so much lovely and beautiful.I love it.
    sometimes i can feel God with all my heart and soul but some other times i ask God:where r u??!then realy seeing God just depends on ourselves, God always stay with us but the problem nothing just us.

  39. daze says:

    Doesn’t this just come to show that people tend to believe those in power, or how ignorance can lead you to believe anything?

  40. Antonia Lo Giudice says:

    We do sometimes get stuck in searching for an answer that we lose ourselves. If we just let ourselves go, the answers and inspiration will come to us:)

  41. tabi-smile says:

    so much lovely and beautiful.I love it.
    sometimes i can feel God with all my heart and soul but some other times i ask God:where r u??!then realy seeing God just depends on ourselves, God always stay with us but the problem nothing just us.

  42. Aluney says:

    Wonderful…. Such great Paulo.