Warrior of the Light Newsletter no.175

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Issue nº 175 : The two drops of oil

Edií§í£o nº 175 : As duas gotas de óleo

Edición nº 175 : Las dos gotas de aceite

Édition nº 175 : Les deux gouttes d’huile

Edizione nº 175 : Le due gocce d’olio

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

A responsible Warrior is one who has proved able to observe and to learn.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The warrior of Light behaves like a child.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Do you feel the connection with others Latin-American writers? Had the writers, such as Borges, Márquez and others have any influence on you or your work?

Of course I’m bound to other writers. Borges has been a constant source of inspiration. It’s through his novels and short stories that I found ideas that subsequently became books.
The Zahir for instance was a term that I found in one of his stories and his definition is what propelled me towards the realms of obsession.
He also guided me throughout my youth. I remember, when I only caressed the dream of becoming a writer, that I took a two day bus trip to Buenos Aires to meet him. I saw him in a caf – but didn’t have the courage to talk to him. I regret this. Specially from a man that said something that I regard as being one of the fundamental truths in life: “there no other virtue than being brave”.
With time I came to realize this: that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.

The stories of the desert priests

By Paulo Coelho

During the early part of the Christian era, the monastery at Scete became a center where many people gathered. After renouncing everything they had, they went to live in the desert surrounding the monastery. Many of the teachings of these men have been collected and published in numerous books.The stories of the desert priests

Work in the field

A young man crossed the desert and finally came to the monastery of Scete. There, he asked to hear one of the abbot’s lectures – and was granted permission.

That afternoon, the abbot’s discourse was about the importance of work in the field.

After the lecture, the young man said to one of the monks:

– That was amazing. I thought I would hear a fine sermon about virtues and sins, and the abbot spoke only of tomatoes, irrigation and so forth. Where I come from, all believe that God is merciful: all one must do is pray.

The monk smiled and replied:

– Here we believe that God has already done His part; now it is up to us to continue the process.

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Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light unwittingly takes a false step and plunges into the abyss.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Would you be able to change your style of writing completely? Would you be able to, for instance, write a biography of one person that you admire and respect, or write intimate memories? Maybe a collection of poems?

In terms of content, you must keep in mind that my literature is much more the result of a paradox than that of an implacable logic. The paradox is the tension that exists in my soul. Like in archery, the paradox is the bow that can be both tense and relaxed. I know that it’s important to have values in life, but I’ve always been more drawn to incoherence, because life is not static but rather like the tides, coming and going.
That’s why I can’t say in which direction my internal compass of questioning will guide me.

The stories of the desert priests

By Paulo Coelho

During the early part of the Christian era, the monastery at Scete became a center where many people gathered. After renouncing everything they had, they went to live in the desert surrounding the monastery. Many of the teachings of these men have been collected and published in numerous books.

Behave like others

Abbot Pastor was walking with a monk from Scete when they were invited for a meal. The host, honored by the holy men’s presence, served only the finest dishes.

However, the monk was fasting; as soon as the food arrived, he took a pea and chewed it slowly. He only ate that one pea, during the whole meal.

As they left, Abbot Pastor called him:

– Brother, when you pay a visit, do not render your holiness an offense. The next time you are fasting, do not accept an invitation to dine.

The monk understood what Abbot Pastor said. From then on, whenever he was with others, he behaved as they did.

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Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

Sometimes Evil pursues the Warrior of Light, and when it does, he calmly invites it into his tent.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Paparazzo

Veronika decides to die

Sarah Michelle Gellar filming Veronika decides to die, New York

Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

You are so famous and well known that you have many agents, who directs your logistics. Do they have any influence on your work, on contents of novels? In which field of your work you let them influence on you? Are you the one who determines the title of the novel? Is the lawfulness of market that, what limits you by an volume of your work, rhythm of publishing?

I have only one agent: Monica Antunes. We have had a profound bound for over 20 years and we grew together, we walked along the path. She has been my ally & my friend. I don’t know where I would be today without her support and dedication.
She helps me when it comes to dealing with the publishing houses but has no say in the creative process. This, of course, includes the title of my books.
I maintain my independence regarding, as you say, ‘ the laws of the market’. I can’t think of this when I’m confronted with the necessity of writing. I first and foremost write for myself.
Once the book is brought to life, it’s normal that I turn myself towards others in order to present it to the world: my agent, the publishing houses, the booksellers. This chain brings me to the hands of my readers: the harbor that welcomes my dreams and questionings.

Brida’s Book Review

Dear Readers,

Here’s a video with the book review of Brida made by an Indian journalist.

Love,
Paulo

The stories of the desert priests

By Paulo Coelho

During the early part of the Christian era, the monastery at Scete became a center where many people gathered. After renouncing everything they had, they went to live in the desert surrounding the monastery. Many of the teachings of these men have been collected and published in numerous books.

The town on the far side

A hermit from the monastery of Scete went to Abbot Theodore:

– I know precisely the objective of life. I know what God asks of man, and I know the best way of serving Him. Even so, I am incapable of doing everything I should in order to serve the Lord.

Abbot Theodore remained silent for a time. Finally, he said:

– You know that there is a city on the far side of the ocean. But you haven’t yet found the ship, nor have you loaded your bags, nor crossed the sea. Why spend time commenting on what it is like, or how one should walk through its streets?

“Knowing the objective of life, or recognizing the best way of serving the Lord is not enough. Put into practice that which you think, and the way will be revealed all by itself.”

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Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

Whenever the Warrior of Light draws his sword, he uses it.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

A Warrior of Light knows that an angel and a devil are both competing for his sword hand.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

All your books have an obvious mystical feature. Do you think that your success all over the world is due to that?

They don’t, and Eleven Minutes is an example of that. My books deal with human conflicts, and although the spiritual quest is one of this conflicts, it is not the only one.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light knows that there are occasional pauses in the struggle.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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