Hi there! After a short break, I am back in action in blogosphere. The last week was busy at work, but it has also been one of the most beautiful weeks. I put in my best in my work and also enjoyed a lot. Our team partied hard along with work. There were a lot of beautiful memories created, which I shall cherish forever – the birthday celebration of our M.D., our group’s informal pizza party and caption contests, new places visited, new bonds created.
In the midst of all this, I managed to squeeze in some reading too. I finished reading ‘How Opal Mehta got kissed, got wild and got a life’ by Kaavya Vishwanathan and ‘Manual of the warrior of light’ by Paulo Coelho.
This post is about my views on this book by Coelho. I always find his philosophy deep and it takes time for the meaning to sink in. This one is a book of quotations – each with a profound meaning, which enhances our understanding of the wonderful mystery that is life. Like the other Coelho books, this one too is meant to be read in solitude, slowly, absorbing each and every word.
It is a guide book for ‘warriors of light’ i.e. people who are committed to finding the meaning of their life and to fulfilling their dreams.
Though it left a lesser impact on me than ‘Like the flowing river’, I liked some parts of the book, which I am posting here:
“They (warriors of light) are of this world, they are part of the lives of other people and they set out on their journey with no saddlebags and no sandals. They are often cowardly. They do not always make the right decisions.
They suffer over the most trivial things, they have mean thoughts and sometimes believe they are incapable of growing. They frequently deem themselves unworthy of any blessing or miracle.
They are not always quite sure what they are doing here. They spend many sleepless nights, believing that their lives have no meaning.
That is why they are warriors of light. Because they make mistakes. Because they ask themselves questions. Because they are looking for a reason – and are sure to find it.”
“The warrior of light knows that no one is stupid and that life teaches every one – however long that may take.”
“Every warrior of light has felt afraid of going into battle.
Every warrior of light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone.
Every warrior of light has trodden a path that was not his.
Every warrior of light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons.
Every warrior of light has, at least once, believed that he was not a warrior of light.
Every warrior of light has failed in his spiritual duties.
Every warrior of light has said ‘yes’ when he wanted to say ‘no’.
Every warrior of light has hurt someone he loved.
That is why he is a warrior of light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.”
“A warrior of light meditates. He knows that in the silence of his heart, he will hear an order that will guide him.”
“The warrior of light sometimes behaves like water, flowing around the obstacles he encounters.”
“The warrior of light knows that no man is an island. He cannot fight alone; whatever his plan, he depends on people. He needs to discuss his strategy, to ask for help, and – in moments of relaxation – to have someone to sit by the fire, someone he can regale with tales of battle.
But he does not allow people to confuse this camaraderie with insecurity.
A warrior of light dances with his companions, but does not place the responsibility for his actions on anyone else.”
“The warrior of light has learned that it is best to follow the light.”
‘You can give a fool a thousand intellects, but the only one he will want is yours,’ says an Arabic proverb. When the warrior of light starts planting his garden, he notices that his neighbour is there, spying. He likes to give advice on when to sow actions, when to fertilise thoughts and water conquests.
If he listens to what his neighbour is saying, he will end up creating something that is not his; the garden he is tending will be his neighbour’s idea.
But a true warrior of light knows that every garden has its own mysteries, which only the patient hand of the gardener can unravel. That is why he prefers to concentrate on the sun, the rain and the seasons.
He knows that the fool who gives advice about someone else’s garden is not tending his own plants.
“He (the warrior of light) looks up at the sky. And a voice says: ‘My dear, every one makes mistakes. You’re forgiven, but I cannot force that forgiveness on you. It’s your choice.’ The true warrior of light accepts that forgiveness.”
“The warrior of light unwittingly takes a false step and plunges into the abyss. ‘Master, I have fallen into the abyss,’ he says. ‘The waters are deep and dark.’
‘Remember one thing,’ replies his master. ‘You do not drown simply by plunging into water. You only drown if you stay beneath the surface.’
And the warrior uses all his strength to escape from his predicament.”
“Yesterday’s pain is the warrior of light’s strength. “
“The warrior of light is now waking from his dream. He thinks: ‘I do not know how to deal with this light that is making me grow.’ The light, however, does not disappear.
The warrior thinks: ‘Changes must be made that I do not feel like making.’
The light remains. Then the eyes and heart of the warrior begin to grow accustomed to the light. It is no longer frightens him and he finally accepts his own Legend, even if this means running risks.
The warrior has been asleep for a long time. It is only natural that he should wake up very gradually.”
“Sometimes the warrior feels as if he were living two lives at once. In one of them, he is obliged to do all the things he does not want to do and to fight for ideas in which he does not believe. But there is another life, and he discovers it in his dreams, in his reading and in his encounters with people who share his ideas.
The warrior allows his two lives to draw near. ‘There is a bridge that links what I do with what I would like to do,’ he thinks. Slowly, his dreams take over his everyday life, and then he realises that he is ready for the thing he always wanted.
Then all that is needed is a little daring, and his two lives become one.”
“It is one thing to accept God’s signs and to know that the angels use the mouths of other people to give us advice. It is quite another to be incapable of making decisions and to be always looking for ways of letting others tell us what we should do.”
“A warrior of light has no regrets, because regrets can kill. He humbles himself and undoes the wrong he has done.”
“Time will tell who won and who lost, but he knows that, from that moment on, he can do nothing more: the fate of that battle lies in God’s hands.
At such moments, the warrior of light is not concerned with results. He examines his heart and asks: ‘Did I fight the Good Fight?’ If the answer is ‘yes’, he can rest. If the answer is ‘no’, he takes up his sword and begins training all over again.”
“When you have managed to overcome grave problems in a relationship, do not spend time remembering the difficult times, concentrate on the joy of having passed yet another of life’s tests. When you emerge from a long period of medical treatment, do not brood on the suffering you endured, think instead of God’s blessing that allowed you to be cured.
Carry in your memory, for the rest of your life, the good things that came out of those difficulties. They will serve as a proof of your abilities and will give you confidence when you are faced by obstacles.”