An excerpt from Coelho

This is an excerpt from Coelho’s famous book ‘Like the flowing river’ that I think I would like to remember for ever. So I am typing it out. It is from the article ‘The Art Of Trying’. I know my blog is looking like a Coelho book of late, but I can’t help it. His writing is captivating and thought-provoking. I can truly relate to his philosophy. I read this piece and I could only say ‘Wow’! Here goes:

When we decide to act, some excesses may occur. An old culinary adage says : “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.” It is also natural that unexpected conflicts should arise, and it is natural that wounds may be inflicted during those conflicts. The wounds pass, and only the scars remain.

This is a blessing. These scars stay with us throughout our life and are very helpful. If, at some point – simply because it would make our life easier, or for whatever other reason – the desire to return to the past becomes very great, we need only look at those scars. They are the marks left by our handcuffs, and will remind us of the horrors of prison, and we will keep walking straight ahead.

So, relax. Let the universe move around you and discover the joy of surprising yourself. “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise,” says St. Paul.

A warrior of light often finds that certain moments repeat themselves. He is often faced by the same problems and situations and, seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making progress in life.

“I’ve been through all this before,” he says to his heart.

“Yes, you’ve been through all this before,” replies his heart. “But you have never been beyond it.”

Then the warrior realises that these repeated experiences have but one aim : to teach him what he has not yet learned. He always finds a different solution for each repeated battle, and he does not consider his failures to be mistakes but, rather, as steps along the path to a meeting with himself.



Filed under Life, Motivation, Musings, Reading Ramana, Sourced

9 responses to “An excerpt from Coelho

  1. Sathej

    Sounds nice indeed!Great analogies used. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  2. Nithya

    🙂 I should prolly be renting the “REFLECTIONS” space to u on a daily basis 😉
    Does these posts have to do with ur working for a long time, being busy with a lot of work to do et al ???

  3. Srikrishnan

    nice post.. arbit passerby.. neat blog.. keep it up..

  4. Priya Iyer


    thanks! :-)yep, it is a great piece of philosophy…don’t worry, i will be sharing lots of such things in future!


    he he, that renting out one is a good idea! hmm, what about 5 Dairy Milks a month as rent??? 🙂

    yep, these posts are partly bcos of heavy workload. partly bcos i love coelho’s writing and would want to remember certain things in life forever. hence these posts…as future references! 🙂


    thanks a lot!:-)

  5. Nithya

    u r plannin on givin me 5 dairy milks for renting ???? :O
    Wow ! Contact me immediately !!! NOW NOW NOW 😀 😀 😀 u sure do kno how to get things done 😉

  6. Priya Iyer



  7. Ryan.A.Nash

    Any plans of putting the entire book on your blog?? 🙂

  8. Ryan.A.Nash

    and yea this is kinda helpful for lazy ppl like me who have the book but not the patience to sit with it coz it is gonna be with you forever.. so her ei read one chapter at a time!!

  9. Priya Iyer


    he he, no! i have no such plans…:-) i just posted a few of my favourites..

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