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The hundredth name (Sufi tradition)

Author: Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

A student asked his Sufi master to reveal God’s fifth name.

“Whoever knows that name is capable of changing History,” he answered. The master asked him to spend the whole day at the gates of the city.

The boy returned the following day.

“What did you see?” asked the master.

“An old man tried to enter the city to sell a sheep. The guard wanted to tax him but the man had no money. So the guard stole his sheep and chased him off. I thought: if I only knew God’s hidden name I could change this situation.”

“You could have prevented this injustice, but you preferred to stand there dreaming of a revelation. Such stupidity! Well, then, I shall tell you God’s fifth name: act on behalf of others. That’s the only way we can change History.”

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