Reflections of the Warrior of the Light – The qualities

By Paulo Coelho

The warrior of the light has the qualities of a rock.

When he is on flat terrain – when all around has found harmony – he remains stable. People may build houses upon that which he created, because the storm will not be destructive.

When, however, he is placed on uneven terrain – and things around him do not show any respect or equilibrium for his work – he reveals his strength, rolling towards the enemy which threatens peace. At such times, the warrior is devastating, and no one can detain him.

A warrior of the light thinks of war and peace at the same time, and knows how to act according to the circumstances.

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Remise du prix littéraire Femme Actuelle

Mercredi 6 mai, Paulo Coelho, de nombreux représentants du monde de l’édition ainsi que toute l’équipe de Femme Actuelle se sont réunis dans le café mythique “Les éditeurs” pour décerner le Grand prix Femme Actuelle du roman de l’été.

Les coulisses en vidéo

Les belles lettres étaient í  l’honneur en ce début du mois de mai í  Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Paulo Coelho récompensait trois “premiers romans”, désignant ainsi le 1er prix littéraire Femme Actuelle / Les Nouveaux Auteurs.

Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

You dedicated your book The Witch of Portobello to S.F.X. Who is he?

A man that left everything to go after his dream, in a very young age. Well, I took much longer to follow my dream. I was nearly 40 when I decided to be guided by my dream. I had the courage once I made the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The best way to serve God
is by going in search of your own dreams.
Only the happy can spread happiness.
(By the river Piedra I sat down and wept)

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Reflections of the Warrior of the Light – Maintaining one’s concentration

By Paulo Coelho

For the warrior of the light, nothing is abstract. Everything is concrete, and everything concerns him. He is not sitting in the comfort of his tent, observing what goes on in the world. The warrior of the light accepts each challenge as an opportunity to transform himself.

Some of his companions spend their lives complaining about the lack of choice, or commenting decisions which do not concern them. The warrior, however, turns thought into action.

Sometimes he errs his objective, and pays – without complaining – the price for his mistake. At other times, he strays from the path, and loses much time returning to his original destiny.

But a warrior is never distracted.

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

In countries under totalitarian regime art is severely attacked when not subdued to political party. Would you say that’s because art – or literature more precisely – is so powerful?

Literature by itself can do nothing, except to make people feel less lonely. And this is what makes the difference: from the moment that you understand that you are not alone, you get an extra strength.

Warrior of the Light Newsletter no.172

Read the new issues from “Warrior of the Light Online” :

Issue nº172 : Between heaven and hell

Edií§í£o nº 172 : Entre o céu e o inferno

Edición nº 172 : Entre el cielo y el infierno

Édition nº 172 : Entre le ciel et l’enfer

Edizione nº 172 : Tra il cielo e l’inferno

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The future belongs to God
and he will reveal it only in extraordinary circumstances.
(The Alchemist)

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Fragments of a non-existent diary III – Brissac, France

By Paulo Coelho

During my stay at a castle rented by a Brazilian magazine, a local journalist came to interview me. During the conversation, which was being watched by other people, he wanted to know:

– What is the best question a reporter has ever asked you?

The best question? I thought I’d been asked just about EVERY question, except for the one he just put. I asked for a moment to reflect, to study the many things I wanted to say but was never asked. But in the end I had to confess:

– I think it was yours. I’ve had questions I’ve refused to answer, others which allowed me to talk about interesting subjects, but yours was the only one I cannot possibly answer sincerely.

The journalist made a note, then said:

– I’ll tell you an interesting story. Once, I went to interview Jean Cocteau. His house was piled high with bibelots, paintings, drawings by famous artists, books, Cocteau kept everything, and felt a deep love for all those things. So anyway, during the interview, I decided to ask him: “if the house caught fire right now, and you could only take one thing with you, what would you choose?”

– And what did Cocteau say? – asked Alvaro Teixeira, who was in charge of the castle, and a great follower of the life of the French artist.

– Cocteau said: “I’d take the fire”.

And we sat there in silence, applauding deep down in the most intimate corners of our hearts, the brilliant reply.

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

How much will the value the manuscript change for you after it becomes a book. I’m not meaning money but meaning the value for you.Is the word more powerful when its printed in thousands of copies than when it is present only in you mind?

Alchemy is the art of projecting in this world what you have in the non-material world. Therefore, when you are able to manifest physically something, you get a better picture of your feelings. In the case of a book, most of the time I have a subconscious understanding, but I need to write and concentrate it. I would suggest everybody to write diaries, it helps a lot to solve our own conflicts.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

Whenever man
walks the path of faith with sincerity,
he becomes capable of growing closer to God
and capable of miracles.
(By the River Piedra I sat down and wept)

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Best-Selling Author Turns Piracy into Profit

from TorrentFreak – USA

Paulo Coelho, author of books such as “The Alchemist” and “The Witch of Portobello”, sold over 100 million books last year. In part, he puts this success down to BitTorrent, as he saw a huge increase in sales when his books appeared on sites such as The Pirate Bay. We talked to Coelho to find out more about this remarkable story.

“Since the dawn of time, human beings have felt the need to share – from food to art. Sharing is …

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

With whom of other famous writer would you compare yourself?

Each writer had to overcome his/her own agonies and extasies. Comparing is empoverishing your own experience.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

We arrive precissely where we need to arrive
because the hand of God always guides
those who follow their path with faith.
(Brida)

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Tales of Zen wisdom – Where is the umbrella?

By Paulo Coelho

At the end of ten years of apprenticeship, Zenno thought he should be elevated to the category of Zen master. One rainy day, he went to visit the famous professor Nan-in.

Upon entering Nan-in’s house, the host asked him:

– Did you leave your shoes and umbrella outside?

– Of course – replied Zenno. – As good manners demand. I would do the same anywhere.

– Then tell me: did you place your umbrella to the right or the left of your shoes?

– I’ve no idea, master.

– Zen Buddhism is the art of total consciousness of what we do – said Nan-in. – The lack of attention to the smallest details can completely destroy a man’s life. A father who rushes out of the house, must never forget the dagger within his small son’s reach. A Samurai who doesn’t take care of his sword every day, will at some point find it is rusty, just when he most needs it. A young man who forgets to give his lover flowers, will end up losing her.

And Zenno understood that, although he knew the Zen techniques of the spiritual world, he had forgotten to apply them to the world of men.

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Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The Lord listens to the prayers of those
who ask to be able to forget hatred,
but is deaf to those who want to flee love.
(The Fifth Mountain)

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The Alchemist for free!

Dear readers,
You can now browse the full edition of The Alchemist (courtesy of Harper Collins).

Therefore, you can read the first pages (or the full edition). If you decide do buy the book, there is a link on the left side.