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More Quotes Paulo Coelho-The warrior of light....... ..Sufi legend: the lost horse "Many years ago in a poor Chinese village, there lived a peasant with his son. His only material possession, apart from some land and a small straw hut, was a horse he had inherited from his father. One day, the horse ran off, leaving the man with no animal with which to till the land. His neighbors - who respected him greatly for his honesty and diligence - came to his house to say how much they regretted what had happened. He thanked them for their visit, but asked: - How can you know that what has happened has been a misfortune in my life? Someone mumbled to a friend: "he can't accept reality, let him think what he wants, as long as he isn't saddened by what happened." And the neighbors went off, pretending to agree with what they had heard. A week later, the horse returned to the stable, but it was not alone; it brought with it a fine mare for company. Upon hearing this, the villagers - who were flustered since they now understood the answer the man had given them - returned to the peasant's house, in order to congratulate him on his good fortune. - Before you had only one horse, and now you have two. Congratulations! - they said. - Many thanks for your visit and for all your concern - answered the peasant. - But how can you know that what has happened has been a blessing in my life? Disconcerted, and thinking he must be going mad, the neighbors went off, and on the way commented: "does he really not understand that God has sent him a gift?" A month later, the peasant's son decided to tame the mare. But the animal unexpectedly reared up and the boy fell and broke his leg. The neighbors returned to the peasant's house - bringing gifts for the wounded boy. The mayor of the village offered his condolences to the father, saying that all were very sad at what had happened. The man thanked them for their visit and their concern, but asked: - How can you know that what has happened has been a misfortune in my life? They were all astonished to hear this, since no one could be in any doubt that the accident of a son was a real tragedy. As they left the peasant's house, some said to others: "he really has gone mad; his only son might limp forever, and he is still in doubt about whether what happened is a misfortune." Some months passed, and Japan declared war on China. The Emperor's envoys traveled throughout the land in search for healthy young men to be sent to the battle front. Upon arrival in the village, they recruited all the young men except the peasant's son, whose leg was broken. None of the young men returned alive. The son recovered, the two animals bred and their offspring were sold at a good price. The peasant began visiting his neighbors to console and help them, - since they had at all times been so caring. Whenever one of them complained, the peasant said: "how do you know it is a misfortune?" If anyone become overjoyed, he asked: "how do you know it is a blessing?" And the men in that village understood that beyond appearances, life has other meanings. Reflections of the warrior of the light The two boards A warrior of the light shares his world with the people he loves. He wishes to encourage them to do what they like, but hasn't the courage. At these times, the adversary appears holding two boards. Written on one board: "Think more of yourself. Keep your blessings to yourself, otherwise you will lose everything." The other board reads: "who are you to help others? Can't you even see your own defects?" A warrior of the light knows he has defects. But he also knows he cannot grow alone, and distance himself from his companions. So he throws both boards to the ground, even though he believes they contain some truth deep down. They turn to dust, and the warrior continues to help those near him.About the way The wise Lao Tzu speaks about the warrior of the light's journey: "The Way includes respect for all that is small and subtle. Always know the right moment to take any action necessary. "Even if you have fired a bow and arrow many times, continue to pay attention to how you place the arrow, and how you draw the bow. "When the beginner is aware of his necessities, he becomes more intelligent than the wise man who is distracted. "To accumulate love means luck, to accumulate hatred means a calamity. Whoever does not recognize the door to problems will one day leave it open, letting tragedy in. "The combat has nothing to do with the fight."True tension "When my bow is drawn," says Herrigen to his Zen master, "a moment comes when, if I do not fire immediately, I feel that I will run out of strength." "As long as you try to trigger the moment to fire the arrow, you shall not learn the art of archery," says the master. "The hand which draws the bow must open up like the hand of a boy. What sometimes hinders the shot's precision is the overactive will of the archer." A warrior of the light sometimes thinks: "that which I do not do, shall not be done." That is not quite the case: he must act, but he must also allow the Universe to act at the right time.............." -a wonderfull story and insight into the Eastern way of balance and living
 
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