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The undesirable visitors

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

‘We have no doors in our monastery,’ Shanti said to the visitor.
‘And what do you do about thieves?’
‘We have nothing of value inside. If we had, we would have given it to those in need.’
‘And what about troublesome people who come to disturb your peace?’
‘We ignore them, and eventually they go away,’ said Shanti.
‘Is that all? And does it work?’
Shanti did not reply. The visitor repeated his question a few times, but seeing that he got no response, he decided to leave.
‘You see how well it works,’ said Shanti to himself, smiling.

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