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The hand that stretches the bow

“When my bow is stretched, a moment arrives when, if I don’t fire the arrow immediately, I feel that I am going to lose my breath,” the German Eugen Herrigel says to his master.

“As long as you try to provoke the moment of firing the arrow, you won’t learn the great art,” answers the master.

“The hand that stretches the bow must open like a child’s hand opens. What sometimes hinders the precision of the shot is the archer’s over-active will. He thinks: “What I fail to do will not be done”, and that’s not quite how things work. Man should always act, but he must also let other forces of the universe act in their own due time.”

The bow, the arrow and the target

Paulo Coelho

The arrow

The arrow is your intention. It is what joins the strength of the bow to the center of the target.

Our intentions have to be crystal-clear, straight and well balanced.

Once it leaves, it will not return, so it is better to interrupt a process – because the movements that led up to it were not precise and correct – than to act in any way just because the bow was already taut and the target already waiting.

But never fail to show your intention if the only thing that paralyzes you is the fear of making a mistake. If you perform the right movements, open your hand and release the string, take the necessary steps and face your challenges. Even if you do not hit the target, you will know how to correct your aim the next time.

If you do not take risks, you will never know the changes that needed to be made.

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Tomorrow: The Target

The bow, the arrow and the target

Paulo Coelho

We are all archers of divine Will. And so it is absolutely essential that we know what instruments we have at our disposal.

The bow

The bow is life: all energy emanates from it.

The arrow will be shot one day.

The target is far away.

But your life will always be with you, and you have to know how to take proper care of it.

It needs periods of inactivity – a bow that is always ready, in a state of tension, loses its potency. So, accept rest to recover your firmness: in this way, when you stretch the string, your strength will be intact.

The bow has no conscience: it is a prolongation of the archer’s hand and desire. It serves to kill or to meditate. So, always be clear about your intentions.

A bow is flexible, but it also has its limits. Any effort beyond its capacity will break it, or else tire out the hand that holds it fast. By the same token, do not ask of your body more than it can do. And understand that one day old age will arrive – and that this is a blessing, not a curse.

To keep the bow elegantly open, have each part do only what is necessary, and do not waste your energy. This will enable you to shoot lots of arrows without growing tired.

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Association of the Week: The Bow

Undoubtedly one of the first weapons developed by man (together with the harpoon and the spear), the bow very quickly was endowed with a myriad of symbols and became one of the majors representatives of human’s ingenuity and cleverness.

In order to use the bow, one has to ally physical strength as well as dexterity in order to hit the target. Its curvature and cord also render the bow the archetype of musical instruments such as the lyre and the harp.

Homer in the Odyssey describes the sound of Ulysses bow as the cry of the swallow.

The bow is also one of the main elements of Indian thought. In the Bhagavad Gita, the bow is Arjuna’s weapon and is compared to the lightning. Furthermore, the sacred syllable “om” is considered as the mystical bow that propels man towards Brahman as well as the spear that, shoot from the human bow, is able to transpierce the veil of Maya and grant us the ultimate reality.

In Japan and all of the Far East, the art of Kyudo is considered a meditation. I mention this tradition in one of my books – conceived for the internet: The Way of Bow

Now you take the floor: what do you associate with the bow?

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How to observe the flight of the arrow

The arrow is intention projected into space.
Once it is fired, there is nothing left for the archer to do except accompany its path towards the target. From that moment on, the tension necessary for the shot has no more reason to exist.
The archer therefore keeps his eyes fixed on the flight of the arrow, but his heart is at rest and he smiles.
At that moment, if he has trained enough, if he has managed to develop his instinct, if he has maintained his elegance and concentration throughout the whole process of the shot, then he will feel the presence of the universe and hw will see that his action was fair and deserved.
Technique makes both hands always ready, breathing always precise, eyes able to fix on the target. Instinct makes the moment of the shot perfect.
Whoever passes by and sees the archer with his arms open and his eyes following the arrow will fancy that he is stopped. But the allies know that the mind of the one who fired the arrow has changed dimension and is now in contact with the entire universe: the mind goes on working, learning everything of a positive nature that the shot has brought, correcting any mistakes, accepting his qualities, and waiting to see how the target reacts when it is struck.
When the archer stretches the string, he can see the whole world inside his bow. When he accompanies the flight of the arrow, this world comes close to him, caresses him and makes him relish the perfect sensation of having fulfilled his duty.
A Warrior of Light, after fulfilling his duty and transforming his intention into gesture, need fear no more: he has done what he had to do. He has not allowed himself to be petrified by fear, for even if the arrow fails to reach its target, he will have another opportunity, because he has not been a coward.

(taken from my ebook “The Way of the Bow”)

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Dear readers
Below you can find the titles in pdf, SonyReader, Kindle, and iPhone. The books below will be here till January 7, 2010.
In March, these books will be available in Kindle Bookstore and iPhone.

Thank you very much for your strong support during this year, I wish you a fantastic 2010.

Love and gratitude

Paulo

QUESTION: WHY DID I DECIDE TO POST THESE BOOKS HERE?

ANSWER: First, because I need to write, and I write more than the market can absorve.
Second, because I believe in free contents.

QUESTION: WHAT I EXPECT YOU TO DO?

ANSWER: Fist, I want you to read and enjoy. It supports several different platforms, including iPhone.

Second: – there are a lot of local libraries that don’t have funds to purchase books. You can print and give to your local library

– Hay muchas bibliotecas que no tienen dinero para comprar libros. Ud. puede imprimir e hacer una donacion.

– Existem muitas bibliotecas que ní£o tem dinheiro para comprar livros, ou sí£o obrigadas a compra-los do governo. Voce pode imprimir e fazer uma doaí§ao para sua biblioteca local.

Third: – the same is valid for hospitals and prisons. People have plenty of time and nothing new to read. I count on you to do a community service, and again – print and distribute for free in these places

– El mismo es válido para hospitales y prisiones. Gente ahi tiene tiempo para leer, pero les falta material. Cuento con Ud. para un trabajo social – imprimir y enviar los libros para estas instituiciones.

– A mesma coisa se passa com hospitais e prisíµes. As pessoas tem tempo, mas nao tem material para ler. Conto com voce para fazer sua parte no trabalho social de melhorar as condií§íµes dos outros, imprimindo e entregando gratuitamente a estas instituií§íµes.

Thank you, gracias, obrigado


THE WAY OF THE BOW

“The Way of the Bow” relates the story of Tetsuya, the best archer of the country, who conveys his teachings to a boy in his village. Using the metaphor of archery the author leads us through several essential thoughts : our daily efforts and work, how to overcome difficulties, steadfastness, and courage to take risky decisions.


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STORIES FOR PARENTS, CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN

“Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren” is a stroll through the universal traditions and legends, lulled by the unforgettable magic words “Once upon a time…”
This book by Paulo Coelho contains joyful, amazing and dramatic stories for readers of all ages. Most of them recount traditional legends and tales from many cultures. Included are also stories inspired by the author’s personal experience and episodes from the lives of celebrated names, as means of reflection.

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WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT

“Warrior of the Light” is a collection of texts that, for the first time, are gathered from the internet writings of Paulo Coelho. In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps us to discover the warrior of the light within each of us.
In these volumes readers are invited to to travel through the life and imagination of a pilgrim writer.

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Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life

 

Looking for Paulo Coelho quotes from some of his most popular books? Here are some of our favorite! Enjoy!

Born on 24 August 1947, Paulo Coelho de Souza is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist who’s best known for his international bestselling book, ‘The Alchemist’, the story of a young man traveling the world, searching for purpose, love and adventure.

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

As ‘The Alchemist’ is one of my favorite books of all time, and I am honored to share some highly inspirational and motivational quotes about happiness from one of my favorite authors,

 

Paulo Coelho quotes are filled with wisdom and practical advice, whether you’re looking for a new career, ending a relationship or trying to figure out what the next step should be.

You can find Paulo Coelho quotes all over the web, but the purpose of this post is to let his words of love and inspiration motivate you to let go, move on, and rise up!

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Paulo Coelho Quotes from The Alchemist and his other books about life, adventure and love

1. Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience. – Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love

 

2. “People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same.” – Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About The Alchemist

 

3. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” – Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes about life

 

4. “You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t a true love…The love that speaks the language of the world.” – Paulo Coelho

 

Paulo Coelho Quotes About adventure

Also see these Alchemist quotes for the dreamer in you.

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life and Dreams

5. “If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain.” – Paulo Coelho

 

Paulo Coelho Quotes about life and love6. “Tears are words that need to be written.” Paulo Coelho

 

Paulo Coelho Quotes to inspire you about tears

7. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About saying goodbye

 

8. “It takes huge effort to free yourself from memory.” – Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes about freeing yourself

 

9. “When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.” – Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About having nothing to lose

 

10. “Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful.” – Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes about pain and suffering

 

11. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.”– Paulo Coelho 

Paulo Coelho Quotes About adventure

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love

12. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”– Paulo Coelho

 

best Paulo Coelho Quotes about love

13. “Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path. No one wants their life thrown into chaos.

That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded. Other people think exactly the opposite: they surrender themselves without a second thought, hoping to find in passion the solutions to all their problems.

 

They make the other person responsible for their happiness and blame them for their possible unhappiness. They are either euphoric because something marvelous has happened or depressed because something unexpected has just ruined everything. 

Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it – which of these two attitudes is the least destructive? I don’t know.” 

– Paulo Coelho

inspirational Paulo Coelho Quotes About life

 

14. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

 

15. “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”– Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

 

16. “But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence.

 

If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to stretch out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if that means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness.

– Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho quotes on love and family

17. The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.” ? Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

17. “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?”– Paulo Coelho

 

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

 

18. “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”– Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

19. “When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.”– Paulo Coelho

 

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho quotes love and writing

20. “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal.

 

We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

 Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

 

21. “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”– Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho quotes on dreams and learning

22. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”– Paulo Coelho

23. “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”– Paulo Coelho

24. “Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now. “I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.

 

Even in that most important area of her life, love, she had failed to commit herself. After her first romantic disappointment, she had never again given herself entirely. She feared pan, loss, and separation.

These things were inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes not to see the bad things in life.” ?  Brida

Paulo Coelho quotes on fear

25. “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”– Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

 

26. “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.– Paulo Coelho

27. “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”– Paulo Coelho

 

Paulo Coelho quotes on love and happiness

28. “After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn’t bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it’s a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it’s sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we’re doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.” ? Paulo Coelho

29. “Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.” ? Paulo Coelho

30. “Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings.” ? Paulo Coelho

31. “Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment help us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments — but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.” ? Paulo Coelho

 

32. “Everyone believes the world’s greatest lie…” says the mysterious old man.
“What is the world’s greatest lie?” the little boy asks.
The old man replies, “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”
Paulo Coelho

33. “Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.” ? Paulo Coelho

 

Paulo Coelho quotes on life

34. “This time I m not going to tell you a story. I’ll just say that insanity is the inability to communicate your ideas. It’s as if you were in a foreign country, able to see and understand everything that’s going on around you but incapable of explaining what you need to know or of being helped, because you don’t understand the language they speak there.” ? Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

35. “Even if it is only for a matter of moments, because those moments bring with them a Love so intense that it justifies the rest of our days.” ? Paulo Coelho, Brida

36. “This was the kiss I had waited for so long – a kiss born by the river of our childhood, when we didn’t yet know what love meant. A kiss that had been suspended in the air as we grew, that had traveled in the world in the souvenir of a medal, and that had remained hidden behind piles of books. A kiss that had been lost and now was found. In the moment of that kiss were years of searching, disillusionment and impossible dreams.” ? Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

37. “All religions lead to the same God, and all deserve the same respect. Anyone who chooses a religion is also choosing a collective way for worshipping and sharing the mysteries. Nevertheless, that person is the only one responsible for his or her actions along the way and has no right to shift responsibility for any personal decisions on to that religion.”
? Paulo Coelho, Like the Flowing River

Paulo Coelho Quotes from The Alchemist and other books 

38. “When I experienced humiliation and yet kept on walking, I understood that I was free to choose my destiny. Perhaps there’s something wrong with me, I don’t know, perhaps my marriage was a dream I couldn’t understand while it lasted.

All I know is that even though I can live without her, I would still like to see her again, to say what I never said when we were together: I love you more than I love myself. If I could say that, then I could go on living, at peace with myself, because that love has redeemed me.”

 

? Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

39. “Dreams are the language of God.” ? Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

40. “Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.” ? Paulo Coelho

 

41. “Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.” ? Paulo Coelho

42. “Pain, loss and separation are inevitable on the path of love, and the only way of avoiding them is by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you have to renounce love.It was like putting out your own eyes in order not to see the bad things in life.” ? Paulo Coelho, Brida

43. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You’ve got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense.”
? Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love, Life and The Alchemist

 

44. “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

45. “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” ? Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

 

46. “This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

47. “If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

48. “Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.” ? Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

49. “I’m not a body with a soul, I’m a soul that has a visible part called the body.” ? Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

50. “Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.” ? Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Paulo Coelho quotes to inspire to live your best life

51. “I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.” ? Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

 

52. “You are what you believe yourself to be.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello

53. “You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

54. “Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily” ? Paulo Coelho

55. “You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.” ? Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

56. “And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.” ? Paulo Coelho

57. “It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”
? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

58. “No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up & show up” ? Paulo Coelho

 

59. “Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

60. “So you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

Other inspirational Paulo Coelho quotes

61. “I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side.” ? Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

62. “Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

63. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

64. “Nothing in this world happens by chance.” ? Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

 

65. “Life can seem short or life can seem long, depending on how you live it.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

66. “If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.” ? Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

67. “No one places her dreams in the hands of those who might destroy them.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello

68. “Because I don’t live in either my past or my future.I’m interested only in the present”.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

69. “People learn twenty-five percent from their teacher, twenty-five percent from listening to themselves, twenty-five percent from their friends, and twenty-five percent from time.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello

70. “Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain

Paulo Coelho: Hear What the Universe Is Telling You

 

Which Paulo Coelho quotes did we miss?

Coelho always dreamed of becoming a writer from an early age. Although he was discouraged by his parents who wanted him to become a lawyer,  he still found the courage to pursue his dream of becoming a writer.

 

Today, Paulo Coelho is one of the most widely read writers and he even holds the Guinness World Record for having the most translated books by a living author.

He also serves as a UNESCO special counselor and the Paulo Coelho Institute in 1996 to provide aid to impoverished children and elderly people.

Hopefully, you’ve gained some valuable wisdom and practical advice from these Paulo Coelho quotes.

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The Best Paulo Coelho Quotes

1. “‘That’s how love got lost,’ he said. ‘When we started laying down rules for when love should or shouldn’t appear.’” – Paulo Coelho

2. “But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.” – Paulo Coelho

3. “Emotions are wild horses. It is not explanations that carry us forward, but our will to go on.” – Paulo Coelho

4. “If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.” – Paulo Coelho

5. “It takes huge effort to free yourself from memory.” – Paulo Coelho

 

6. “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” – Paulo Coelho

 
 
 
 

7. “Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paulo Coelho

8. “The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.” – Paulo Coelho

9. “There are moments when people are incapable of understanding happiness.” – Paulo Coelho

 

10. “When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.” – Paulo Coelho

 

11. “When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.” – Paulo Coelho

 

12. “A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho

13. “Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” – Paulo Coelho

14. “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho

15. “If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain.” – Paulo Coelho

16. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

17. “No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” – Paulo Coelho

18. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” – Paulo Coelho

 

19. “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho

 

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20. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

 

21. “When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.” – Paulo Coelho

22. “You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t a true love…The love that speaks the language of the world.” – Paulo Coelho

23. “All battles in life serve to teach us something, even the battles we lose.” – Paulo Coelho

 

24. “Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you.” – Paulo Coelho

25. “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?” – Paulo Coelho

26. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

27. “Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” – Paulo Coelho

28. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho

29. “The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.” – Paulo Coelho

 

 

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30. “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” – Paulo Coelho

 

31. “They were seeking out the treasure of their destiny, without actually wanting to live out their destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

32. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” – Paulo Coelho

33. “You start living for the obsession alone… You want to arrive somewhere regardless of whether you’re enjoying the road or not.” – Paulo Coelho

34. “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – Paulo Coelho

35. “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” – Paulo Coelho

 

36. “God is love, generosity and forgiveness; If we believe in this, we will never allow our weaknesses to paralyze us.” – Paulo Coelho

37. “In love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we are to the spiritual experience” – Paulo Coelho

38. “Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

39. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” – Paulo Coelho

 

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40. “The enemy is only a pretext to test our strength” – Paulo Coelho

 

41. “The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.” – Paulo Coelho

42. “To realize one’s personal legend is one’s only true obligation.” – Paulo Coelho

 

43. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho

44. “Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

45. “Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear.” – Paulo Coelho

46. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

47. “It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.” – Paulo Coelho

48. “Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.” – Paulo Coelho

49. “People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same.” – Paulo Coelho

50. “The moment of that kiss contained every happy moment I had ever lived.” – Paulo Coelho

 

51. “The world is divided into those who understand me and those who don’t. In the case of the latter, I simply leave them to torment themselves trying to gain my sympathy.” – Paulo Coelho

52. “Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful.” – Paulo Coelho

53. “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” – Paulo Coelho

Books call out with love

I don’t always choose the books I read. They usually choose me, calling out to me from the shelf of a bookstore and I often buy them without knowing why. Each one always leaves me with something important, though. I recently opened a few volumes from my small library for no apparent reason. Below are some of the passages that I underlined when I first read them.

Epithet and Control: “Of all the things that exist, some are within our reach, and some are not. Those that are within our reach are the thoughts, impulses and desires, that is, whatever the result is of our own actions. But there are things that arise that we cannot interfere with, and in those cases, we must look with wisdom to know what is going on.

What disturbs the spirit of man are not the facts, but the decisions we make about them. Do not pray for everything in life, follow the path of your will. Pray that things happen as they need to happen, by doing so, things will be much better than what was expected.”

Manuel Bandeira and the River:
Be like the river that overflowed
Silent in the night
Do not fear the darkness of night
If there are stars in the sky, reflect on them
And if the heavens are full of clouds
It is as the river, the clouds are water
I thought of them too without sorrow
And felt the depths of calm.

Chico Xavier and one text: “When you can overcome serious relationship problems, do not remember the difficult times, but think of the joy of having gone through that phase in life. When you escape a serious accident, do not be thinking about the trauma it may have caused, but of the miracle that helped you get away. When walking away from a health scare, do not think of the suffering that was faced, but the blessing of God that allowed the cure. Make sure you put in your memories of life the good things that emerged in the midst of difficulties. They are a testament to your ability to win races and will give you confidence… which will help in any situation, at any time, before any obstacle.”

Khalil Gibran and the Art of Giving: You say, “I give, but only to those who deserve it.” “Trees do not say that, nor do the flocks. They give so they can continue living; to retain is to die. He who is worthy to win God’s day and night is also worthy of getting everything he needs. He who deserves to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his bowl from the little stream…
Why demand that a man expose his heart and reveal his pride, so that you can decide whether he deserves help? Seek, rather, see if you deserve to. And you, who receives these things, do not assume any debt of gratitude, lest they create a loop domain with their benefactors. If we become too concerned with these debts, we will end up doubting the end of the generosity of the earth and the Father “” and that was really where these donations came from.”

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Convention for those wounded in love

PARA PORTUGUES CLICAR AQUI : Convení§í£o dos feridos por amor
PARA ESPANOL CLICAR AQUI: Convención de los heridos de amor


General provisions:

A – Whereas the saying “all is fair in love and war” is absolutely correct;

B – Whereas for war we have the Geneva Convention, approved on 22 August 1864, which provides for those wounded in the battlefield, but until now no convention has been signed concerning those wounded in love, who are far greater in number;

It is hereby decreed that:

Article 1 – All lovers, of any sex, are alerted that love, besides being a blessing, is also something extremely dangerous, unpredictable and capable of causing serious damage. Consequently, anyone planning to love should be aware that they are exposing their body and soul to various types of wounds, and that they shall not be able to blame their partner at any moment, since the risk is the same for both.

Article 2 – Once struck by a stray arrow fired from Cupid’s bow, they should immediately ask the archer to shoot the same arrow in the opposite direction, so as not to be afflicted by the wound known as “unrequited love”. Should Cupid refuse to perform such a gesture, the Convention now being promulgated demands that the wounded partner remove the arrow from his/her heart and throw it in the garbage. In order to guarantee this, those concerned should avoid telephone calls, messages over the Internet, sending flowers that are always returned, or each and every means of seduction, since these may yield results in the short run but always end up wrong after a while. The Convention decrees that the wounded person should immediately seek the company of other people and try to control the obsessive thought: “this person is worth fighting for”.

Article 3 – If the wound is caused by third parties, in other words if the loved one has become interested in someone not in the script previously drafted, vengeance is expressly forbidden. In this case, it is allowed to use tears until the eyes dry up, to punch walls or pillows, to insult the ex-partner in conversations with friends, to allege his/her complete lack of taste, but without offending their honor. The Convention determines that the rule contained in Article 2 be applied: seek the company of other persons, preferably in places different from those frequented by the other party.

Article 4 – In the case of light wounds, herein classified as small treacheries, fulminating passions that are short-lived, passing sexual disinterest, the medicine called Pardon should be applied generously and quickly. Once this medicine has been applied, one should never reconsider one’s decision, not even once, and the theme must be completely forgotten and never used as an argument in a fight or in a moment of hatred.

Article 5 – In all definitive wounds, also known as “breaking up”, the only medicine capable of having an effect is called Time. It is no use seeking consolation from fortune-tellers (who always say that the lost lover will return), romantic books (which always have a happy ending), soap-operas on the television or other such things. One should suffer intensely, completely avoiding drugs, tranquilizers and praying to saints. Alcohol is only tolerated if kept to a maximum of two glasses of wine a day.

Final determination:
Those wounded in love, unlike those wounded in armed conflict, are neither victims nor torturers. They chose something that is part of life, and so they have to accept both the agony and the ecstasy of their choice.
And those who have never been wounded in love will never be able to say: “I have lived”. Because they haven’t.
 
 

 

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53 Incredible Paulo Coelho Quotes

 

1. “‘That’s how love got lost,’ he said. ‘When we started laying down rules for when love should or shouldn’t appear.’” – Paulo Coelho

2. “But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.” – Paulo Coelho

3. “Emotions are wild horses. It is not explanations that carry us forward, but our will to go on.” – Paulo Coelho

4. “If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.” – Paulo Coelho

5. “It takes huge effort to free yourself from memory.” – Paulo Coelho

6. “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” – Paulo Coelho

7. “Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paulo Coelho

8. “The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.” – Paulo Coelho

9. “There are moments when people are incapable of understanding happiness.” – Paulo Coelho

 

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10. “When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.” – Paulo Coelho

 

11. “When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.” – Paulo Coelho

12. “A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho

13. “Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” – Paulo Coelho

14. “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho

15. “If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain.” – Paulo Coelho

16. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

17. “No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” – Paulo Coelho

18. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” – Paulo Coelho

19. “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho

 

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20. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

 

21. “When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.” – Paulo Coelho

22. “You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t a true love…The love that speaks the language of the world.” – Paulo Coelho

 

23. “All battles in life serve to teach us something, even the battles we lose.” – Paulo Coelho

 
 

24. “Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you.” – Paulo Coelho

25. “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?” – Paulo Coelho

26. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

27. “Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” – Paulo Coelho

28. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho

29. “The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.” – Paulo Coelho

 

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30. “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” – Paulo Coelho

 

31. “They were seeking out the treasure of their destiny, without actually wanting to live out their destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

32. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” – Paulo Coelho

33. “You start living for the obsession alone… You want to arrive somewhere regardless of whether you’re enjoying the road or not.” – Paulo Coelho

34. “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – Paulo Coelho

35. “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” – Paulo Coelho

36. “God is love, generosity and forgiveness; If we believe in this, we will never allow our weaknesses to paralyze us.” – Paulo Coelho

37. “In love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we are to the spiritual experience” – Paulo Coelho

38. “Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

39. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” – Paulo Coelho

 

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40. “The enemy is only a pretext to test our strength” – Paulo Coelho

 

41. “The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.” – Paulo Coelho

42. “To realize one’s personal legend is one’s only true obligation.” – Paulo Coelho

43. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho

44. “Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

45. “Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear.” – Paulo Coelho

46. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

47. “It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.” – Paulo Coelho

48. “Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.” – Paulo Coelho

49. “People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same.” – Paulo Coelho

50. “The moment of that kiss contained every happy moment I had ever lived.” – Paulo Coelho

51. “The world is divided into those who understand me and those who don’t. In the case of the latter, I simply leave them to torment themselves trying to gain my sympathy.” – Paulo Coelho

 

52. “Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful.” – Paulo Coelho

53. “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” – Paulo Coelho

 

Summary

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Convention of those wounded in love

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General provisions: 

A – Whereas the saying “all is fair in love and war” is absolutely correct;

B – Whereas for war we have the Geneva Convention, approved on 22 August 1864, which provides for those wounded in the battle field, but until now no convention has been signed concerning those wounded in love, who are far greater in number;

It is hereby decreed that:

Article 1 – All lovers, of any sex, are alerted that love, besides being a blessing, is also something extremely dangerous, unpredictable and capable of causing serious damage.  Consequently, anyone planning to love should be aware that they are exposing their body and soul to various types of wounds, and that they shall not be able to blame their partner at any moment, since the risk is the same for both.

Article 2 – Once struck by a stray arrow fired from Cupid’s bow, they should immediately ask the archer to shoot the same arrow in the opposite direction, so as not to be afflicted by the wound known as “unrequited love”.  Should Cupid refuse to perform such a gesture, the Convention now being promulgated demands that the wounded partner remove the arrow from his/her heart and throw it in the garbage.  In order to guarantee this, those concerned should avoid telephone calls, messages over the Internet, sending flowers that are always returned, or each and every means of seduction, since these may yield results in the short run but always end up wrong after a while.  The Convention decrees that the wounded person should immediately seek the company of other people and try to control the obsessive thought: “this person is worth fighting for”.

Article 3 – If the wound is caused by third parties, in other words if the loved one has become interested in someone not in the script previously drafted, vengeance is expressly forbidden.  In this case, it is allowed to use tears until the eyes dry up, to punch walls or pillows, to insult the ex-partner in conversations with friends, to allege his/her complete lack of taste, but without offending their honor.  The Convention determines that the rule contained in Article 2 be applied: seek the company of other persons, preferably in places different from those frequented by the other party.

Article 4 – In the case of light wounds, herein classified as small treacheries, fulminating passions that are short-lived, passing sexual disinterest, the medicine called Pardon should be applied generously and quickly.  Once this medicine has been applied, one should never reconsider one’s decision, not even once, and the theme must be completely forgotten and never used as an argument in a fight or in a moment of hatred.

Article 5 – In all definitive wounds, also known as “breaking up”, the only medicine capable of having an effect is called Time.  It is no use seeking consolation from fortune-tellers (who always say that the lost lover will return), romantic books (which always have a happy ending), soap-operas on the television or other such things.  One should suffer intensely, completely avoiding drugs, tranquilizers and praying to saints.  Alcohol is only tolerated if kept to a maximum of two glasses of wine a day. 

Final determination : Those wounded in love, unlike those wounded in armed conflict, are neither victims nor torturers.  They chose something that is part of life, and so they have to accept both the agony and the ecstasy of their choice.

And those who have never been wounded in love will never be able to say: “I have lived”.  Because they haven’t.

 

53 Incredible Paulo Coelho Quotes

53 Incredible Paulo Coelho Quotes
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1. “‘That’s how love got lost,’ he said. ‘When we started laying down rules for when love should or shouldn’t appear.’” – Paulo Coelho

2. “But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.” – Paulo Coelho

3. “Emotions are wild horses. It is not explanations that carry us forward, but our will to go on.” – Paulo Coelho

4. “If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.” – Paulo Coelho

5. “It takes huge effort to free yourself from memory.” – Paulo Coelho

6. “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” – Paulo Coelho

7. “Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paulo Coelho

8. “The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.” – Paulo Coelho

9. “There are moments when people are incapable of understanding happiness.” – Paulo Coelho

10. “When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.” – Paulo Coelho

 

11. “When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.” – Paulo Coelh

12. “A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho

13. “Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” – Paulo Coelho

14. “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho

15. “If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain.” – Paulo Coelho

16. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

17. “No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” – Paulo Coelho

18. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” – Paulo Coelho

19. “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho

20. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

 

21. “When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.” – Paulo Coelho

22. “You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t a true love…The love that speaks the language of the world.” – Paulo Coelho

23. “All battles in life serve to teach us something, even the battles we lose.” – Paulo Coelho

24. “Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you.” – Paulo Coelho

25. “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?” – Paulo Coelho

26. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

27. “Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” – Paulo Coelho

28. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho

29. “The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.” – Paulo Coelho

30. “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” – Paulo Coelho

31. “They were seeking out the treasure of their destiny, without actually wanting to live out their destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

32. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” – Paulo Coelho

33. “You start living for the obsession alone… You want to arrive somewhere regardless of whether you’re enjoying the road or not.” – Paulo Coelho

34. “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – Paulo Coelho

35. “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” – Paulo Coelho

36. “God is love, generosity and forgiveness; If we believe in this, we will never allow our weaknesses to paralyze us.” – Paulo Coelho

37. “In love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we are to the spiritual experience” – Paulo Coelho

38. “Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

39. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” – Paulo Coelho

40. “The enemy is only a pretext to test our strength” – Paulo Coelho

42. “To realize one’s personal legend is one’s only true obligation.” – Paulo Coelho

43. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho

44. “Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

45. “Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear.” – Paulo Coelho

46. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

47. “It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.” – Paulo Coelho

48. “Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.” – Paulo Coelho

50. “The moment of that kiss contained every happy moment I had ever lived.” – Paulo Coelho

51. “The world is divided into those who understand me and those who don’t. In the case of the latter, I simply leave them to torment themselves trying to gain my sympathy.” – Paulo Coelho

52. “Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful.” – Paulo Coelho

53. “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” – Paulo Coelho

Summary

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Master, who was your master?

One of the great Sufi Masters, Junaid, was asked this when he was dying. His chief disciple came close to him and asked, ?Master, you are leaving us. One question has always been in our minds but

we could never gather courage enough to ask you. Who was your Master? This has been a great curiosity among your disciples because we have never heard you talk about your Master.?

Junaid opened his eyes and said, ?It will be very difficult for me to answer because I have learned from almost everybody. The whole existence has been my Master. I have learned from every event that has happened in my life. And I am grateful to all that has happened, because out of all that learning I have arrived.?
Junaid said, ?Just to satisfy your curiosity I will give you three instances.”
Dog and the Begging Bowl
 
 “Once, I was very thirsty and I was going towards the river carrying my begging bowl, the only possession I had. When I reached the river a dog rushed, jumped into the river, started drinking.
I watched for a moment and threw away my begging bowl, because it is useless. A dog can do without it. I also jumped into the river, drank as much water as I wanted. My whole body was cool because I had jumped into the river. I sat in the river for a few moments, thanked the dog, touched his feet with deep reverence because he had taught me a lesson.
I had dropped everything, all possessions, but there was a certain clinging to my begging bowl. It was a beautiful bowl, very beautifully carved, and I was always aware that somebody might steal it. Even in the night I used to put it under my head as a pillow so nobody could snatch it away. That was my last clinging-the dog helped. It was so clear: if a dog can manage without a begging bowl, I am a man, why can?t I manage? That dog was one of my Masters.”
The Patient Thief
?Secondly,? he continued, ?I lost my way in a forest and by the time I reached the nearest village that I could find, it was midnight. Everybody was fast asleep. I wandered all over the town to see if I could find somebody awake to give me shelter for the night, until finally I found one man. I asked him, ?It seems only two persons are awake in the town, you and I. Can you give me shelter for the night??
?The man said, ?I can see from your gown that you are a Sufi monk….??
The word Sufi comes from the word ‘suf’ which means wool, a woolen garment. The Sufis have used the woolen garment for centuries; hence they are called Sufis because of their garment. The man said, ?I can see you are a Sufi and I feel a little embarrassed to take you to my home. I am perfectly willing, but I must tell you who I am. I am a thief. Would you like to be a guest of a thief??
For a moment, I hesitated. The thief said, ?Look, it is better I told you. You seem hesitant. The thief is willing but the mystic seems to be hesitant to enter into the house of a thief, as if the mystic is weaker than the thief. In fact, I should be afraid of you. You may change me, You may transform my whole life! Inviting you means danger, but I am not afraid. You are welcome. Come to my home. Eat, drink, go to sleep, and stay as long as you want, because I live alone and my earning is enough. I can manage for two persons. And it will be really beautiful to chit-chat with you of great things. But you seem to be hesitant.?
And then I became aware that it was true. He asked to be forgiven. He touched the feet of the thief and he said, ?Yes, my rootedness in my own being is yet very weak. You are really a strong man and I would like to come to your home. And I would like to stay a little longer, not only for this night. I want to be stronger myself!?
The thief said, ?Come on!? He fed the Sufi, gave him something to drink, helped him to prepare for sleep and he said, ?Now I will go. I have to do my own thing. I will come back early in the morning.? Early in the morning the thief came back. Junnaid asked, ?Have you been successful??
The thief said, ?No, not today, but I will see tomorrow.?
And this happened continuously, for thirty days: every night the thief went out, and every morning he came back empty-handed. But he was never sad, never frustrated–no sign of failure on his face, always happy –and he would say, ?It doesn?t matter. I tried my best. I could not find anything today again, but tomorrow I will try. And, God willing, it can happen tomorrow if it has not happened today.?
After one month I left, and for years I tried to realize the ultimate, and it was always a failure. But each time I decided to drop the whole project I remembered the thief, his smiling face and his saying ?God willing, what has not happened today may happen tomorrow.?
Junnaid said, ?I remembered the thief as one of my greatest Masters. Without him I would not be what I am.
The Lit Candle
?And third,? he said, ?I entered into a small village. A little boy was carrying a lit candle, obviously going to the small temple of the town to put the candle there for the night.?
And Junaid asked, ?Can you tell me from where the light comes? You have lighted the candle yourself so you must have seen. What is the source of light??
The boy laughed and he said, ?Wait!? And he blew out the candle in front of Junaid. And he said, ?You have seen the light go. Can you tell me where it has gone? If you can tell me where it has gone I will tell you from where it has come, because it has gone to the same place. It has returned to the source.?
And Junaid said, ?I had met great philosophers but nobody had made such a beautiful statement: ?It has gone to its very source.? Everything returns to its source finally. Moreover, the child made me aware of my own ignorance. I was trying to joke with the child, but the joke was on me. He showed me that asking foolish questions ?From where has the light come?? is not intelligent. It comes from nowhere, from nothingness, and it goes back to nowhere, to nothingness.?
Junaid said, ?I touched the feet of the child. The child was puzzled. He said, ?Why you are touching my feet?? And I told him, ?You are my Master–you have shown me something. You have given me a great lesson, a great insight.?
?Since that time,? Junnaid said, ?I have been meditating on nothingness and slowly, slowly I have entered into nothingness. And now the final moment has come when the candle will go out, the light will go out. And I know where I am going to the same source. I remember that child with gratefulness. I can still see him standing before me, blowing out the candle.?
No situation is without a lesson, no situation at all.

30 sec reading: Inner beauty is not enough

Paulo CoelhoPeople always say: ‘It’s inner beauty that matters, not outer beauty.’
Well, that’s not true.

If it were, why would flowers put so much energy into attracting bees?
And why would raindrops transform themselves into a rainbow when they encounter the sun?

Because nature longs for beauty, and is only satisfied when beauty can be exalted. outer beauty is inner beauty made visible, and it manifests itself in the light that flows from our eyes.
It doesn’t matter if a person is badly dressed or doesn’t conform to our idea of elegance, or isn’t even concerned about impressing other people.

I am not talking about fashion, I am talking about the light that we all have inside.

The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and, like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them.
So if the person looking into someone’s eyes has a dark soul, he will see only his own ugliness.

Therefore I beg you:SHINE!

Beauty is present in all creation, but the danger lies in the fact that, because we human beings are often cut off from the Divine Energy, we allow ourselves to be influenced by what other people think.
We deny our own beauty because others can’t or won’t recognize it.

Instead of accepting ourselves as we are, we try to imitate what we see around us.

We try to be what other people think of as ‘pretty’ and, little by little, our soul fades, our will weakens, and all the potential we had to make the world a more beautiful place withers away.

taken from MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA

How one of the most important books in the world came to be written

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In the twenty-third year of the reign of Zhao, Lao Tzu realized that the war would ultimately destroy the place where he lived. Since he had spent years meditating on the essence of life, he knew that there are times when one has to be practical. He made the simplest possible decision: to move.

He took his few belongings and set off for Han Keou. As he was leaving the city, he met a gatekeeper.

‘Where is an eminent sage like you going?’ asked the gatekeeper.

‘Somewhere far from the war.’

‘You can’t just leave like that. I would like to know what you have learned after all these years of meditation. I will only let you leave, if you share what you know with me.’

Simply in order to get rid of the man, Lao Tzu wrote a slender volume right there and then, and gave that one copy to the gatekeeper. Then he went on his way, and was never heard of again.

Further copies of Lao Tzu’s book were made, it crossed centuries, it crossed millennia, and reached our time. It is called Tao Te Ching and is, quite simply, essential reading. Here are a few examples from its pages:

He who keeps to his path has will.

Be humble and you will remain whole.

Bow down and you will remain erect.

Empty yourself and you will remain full.

Wear yourself out and you will remain new.

The wise man does not show himself, and that is why he shines.

He does not attract attention to himself, and that is why he is noticed.

He does not praise himself, and that is why he has merit.

And because he is not competing, no one in the world can compete with him.

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