Great Books of the World – Part 13

“No one should place their dreams in the hands
of those who might destroy them.”

Paulo Coelho

Dreams are made to be followed, even if they end up as an illusion; one’s life is meant to be lived to the full. Some books are meant to be read, loved, inspire, and then re-read over and over again. Paulo Coelho’s book The Alchemist is such a book. His books have an enormous impact on people and sold more than 140 million copies worldwide. They were translated into 72 languages. Paulo Coelho was awarded numerous prestigious awards, among them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France’s Legion d’Honneur. In 2002 he was introduced into the Brazilian Academy of Letters. One could ask what made his books such an incredible success? It isn’t that obvious, but his writing is speaking directly to our souls and our hearts, reaching the hidden recesses we have forgotten about. He isn’t ashamed to talk about issues we would not raise in conversation even with our friends.

“What is a personal calling?”, he asks, “It is God’s blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend. However, we don’t all have the courage to confront our dreams. Why?”

Perhaps, the simplistic answer would be that life’s responsibilities prevent us from pursuing our dreams. By reading how the shepherd boy, Santiago was following his calling across the meadows of Andalusia, cities of North Africa, through the dunes of the Sahara desert, where he meets the Alchemist, to Egypt’s Pyramids, and finally finding what he was searching for on his doorstep, back in Andalusia, enchants and inspire us in equal measures. And that is when we start our own dreams.

An illustration of Andalusia from The Alchemist, where it all started and where it finished.

 

PAULO  COELHO

Paulo Coelho was born in Rio, Brazil on 24 August 1947. His father Pedro Queima Coelho de Souza, was an engineer, and his mother, Lygia, a housewife. In Portuguese, Coelho means rabbit. He attended a Jesuit school, where he discovered his passion for writing. When you are born a  writer, you have no choice, the need to write is overwhelming and you have to follow the hand that guides you. His parents had no understanding of his compulsion and thought that he was mentally ill. They committed him to a mental institution when he was seventeen twice, where he endured sessions of electroconvulsive ‘therapy’. When he started to work as a journalist, he was once more committed by his father to the mental hospital.

Rio de Janeiro

This barbaric treatment could have broken a less resilient man but it made Paulo more adventurous and non-conformist, a traveller across Latin America. He was involved with a movement for free speech, imprisoned and tortured. He had a vision of a man, and two months later, while staying in Amsterdam, he met the man from his vision in a cafe. The stranger advised him to study the benign side of magic. He also suggested that Coelho walked the Road to Santiago, the medieval pilgrim route. After Coelho came back from the pilgrimage, he wrote his book about the experience and how it changes in an extraordinary way people’s lives, The Pilgrimage. As I saw two documentaries on the pilgrimage to Santiago, I was interested in Coelho’s views as it is a well-known fact that all the pilgrims are deeply affected by the experience.

A year later, he wrote a different in every way book about dreams, The Alchemist. The first edition sold only nine hundred copies, and the small publisher he used, decided not to reprint it. Coelho found a bigger publisher, and in a short time, both The Pilgrimage and The Alchemist were on the bestseller list. And the rest is history.

So far, Coelho wrote several books: The Valkyries, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Fifth Mountain, Eleven Minutes, and others. In 2002 The Alchemist was awarded the title of the most sold book in the Portuguese language by the Jornal de Letras de Portugal, the greatest literary authority in the Portuguese language. Another of Paulo Coelho’s books, Eleven Minutes was named as the world’s bestselling fiction title by USA TODAY, Publishing Trends.

Paulo Coelho and his wife, Christina Oiticica

Paulo Coelho and his wife, Christina Oiticica, are the founders of the Paulo Coelho Institute, which provides support and opportunities for the underprivileged communities in Brazil.

To let you fully appreciate the uniqueness of The Alchemist, here are a few extracts:

“For nearly a year, he had been working incessantly, thinking only of putting aside enough money so that he could return to Spain with pride.

‘Never stop dreaming,’ the old king had said, ‘Follow the omens.'”

Tangier

“The boy picked up Urim and Thummim, and, once again, had the strange sensation that the old king was nearby. He had worked hard for a year, and the omens were that it was time to go. I’m going to go back to doing just what I did before, the boy thought. Even though the sheep didn’t teach me to speak Arabic. But the sheep had taught him something even more important; that there was a language in the world that everyone understood, a language the boy had used throughout the time that he was trying to improve things at the shop. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things, accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired. Tangier was no longer a strange city, and he felt that, just as he conquered this place, he could conquer the world.

‘When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it,’ the old king had said. He waited patiently for the merchant to awaken and open the shop. Then the two went off to have some more tea.”

“‘I am leaving today’ said the boy. ‘I have the money I need to buy my sheep. And you have the money you need to go to Mecca.’

The old man said nothing. ‘Will you give me your blessing?’ asked the boy. ‘You have helped me.’ The man continued to prepare his tea, saying nothing. Then he turned to the boy.

‘I am proud of you,’ he said. ‘You brought a new feeling into my crystal shop. But you know that I’m not going to go to Mecca. Just as you know that you’re not going to buy your sheep.’

‘Who told you that?’ asked the boy startled.

‘Maktub*,’ said the old crystal merchant. And he gave the boy his blessing.

*It is written (by the hand of God).”

The Kaaba in Mecca

“Because it’s not love to be static like the desert, nor is it love to roam the world like the wind. And it is not love to see everything from a distance like you do. (the boy is addressing the Sun) Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World. When I first reached through to it, I thought that the Soul of the World was perfect. But later, I could see that it was like other aspects of creation, and had its own passions and wars. It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that’s where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”

“In the silence, the boy understood that the desert, the wind, and the sun were also trying to understand the signs written by the hand, and were seeking to follow their paths, and to understand what had been written on a single emerald.  He saw that omens were scattered throughout the earth and in space, and that there was no reason or significance attached to their appearance; he could see that not the deserts, nor the winds, nor the sun, nor people knew why they had been created. But that the hand was a reason for all of this, and that only the hand could perform miracles, or transform the sea into a desert. Because only the hand understood that it was a larger design that had moved the universe to the point at which six days of creating had evolved into a Master Work.”

Below is a real photograph of unusual, but poignant cloud formation

“The boy reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was a part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul. And that he, a boy, could perform miracles.”

A sand storm in the desert – the Wind

The above extract is of great importance and significance; it combines and reaffirms the beliefs of all world religions: the existence of the world’s one and only Creator, and that the god lives in each and one of the souls that he created. And as such we are able, if we are passionate enough about things around us, to perform miracles. Although I have only several thousand people in 114 countries reading my blog and not billions, I am receiving from all parts of the world the same message as Coelho’s in The Alchemist.
This was the message, Rachel Carson wrote in Silent Spring, (the USA):

“As far as I am concerned, there is absolutely no conflict between a belief in evolution and belief in God as the creator. Believing as I do in evolution, I merely believe that is the method by which God created, and is still creating, life on earth.  And it is a method so marvellously conceived that to study it in detail is to increase – and certainly never to diminish  – one’s reverence and awe both for the Creator and the process.”

The same message came from India, written by Swami Vivekananda:

“I have understood this as the highest truth: God is present in every being. There is no other God besides that. He who serves all beings serves God indeed.”

From Japan, Myoshi posted this week:

“You have seen how the power of the spirit can work. It’s the beneficent will and enables you a clear glimpse into the plan and purpose that is behind all earthly life. As a result, you each become links in an infinite chain which ultimately must embrace the whole of humanity because these links are of the spirit and spiritually all mankind is one.”

From England, Joanna:

“I always believed that although in different parts of the world people pray in different places of worship, be it churches, temples, synagogues, mosques or shrines, and are using different names to call their god’s name, it is the same God, The Creator of the World, who lives in our souls and our hearts.”

Here, more thoughts from the Master, Paulo Coelho:

“But the caravan began to move, and it was impossible to hear what the Englishman was saying. The boy knew what he was about to describe, though the mysterious chain that links one thing to another, the same that had caused him to become a shepherd, that had caused his recurring dream, that had brought him to a city near Africa, to find a king, and to be robbed in order to meet a crystal merchant, and…

The closer one gets to realising his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being, thought the boy.”

The above picture is taken from the blog of Dr Raziq, arkbiodiv.com

“The caravan moved toward the east. It travelled during the morning, halted when the sun was at its strongest, and resumed late in the afternoon. The boy observed in silence the progress of the animals and people across the desert. Now everything was quite different from how it was that day they had set out: then, there had been confusion and shouting, the cries of children and the whinnying of animals, all mixed with the nervous orders of the guides and the merchants.

But in the desert, there was only the sound of the eternal wind, and of the hoofbeats of the animals. Even the guides spoke very little to one another.

“I’ve crossed these sands many times,” said one of the camel drivers one night. “But the desert is so huge, and the horizons so distant, that they make a person feel small, and as if he should remain silent.”

The boy understood intuitively what he meant, even without ever having set foot in the desert before. Whenever he saw the sea or a fire, he fell silent, impressed by their elemental force. I’ve learned things from the sheep, and I’ve learned things from crystal, he thought. I can learn something from the desert, too. It seems old and wise. But he was excited at his intuitive understanding of the camel driver’s comment: maybe he was also learning the universal language that deals with the past and the present of all people. “Hunches”, his mother used to call them. The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything because it’s all written there.
“Maktub”, the boy said, remembering the crystal merchant.”

In the Literary Series, I review books worth reading, and for this reason, I feel that I have to say something about Coelho’s other book, Eleven Minutes, as it is, after The Alchemist, his most read one. It deals with sexuality as an expression of God’s gift to us. The misguided, the prudish, and naturally asexual, might be wise to give it a miss.

My views echo Coelho’s, as if the Creator of the World didn’t want us to have a desire for each other, he would have created us without it. But then the human race would not exist after Adam and Eve. I will let the Master explain in his eloquent way.

“By accepting that sex is a physical manifestation of God, and that is not a sin – it is a blessing. And then by understanding that except for two things that I consider to be really sick – rape and paedophilia – you are free to be creative. It’s up to you, how you do this. Sex was always surrounded by taboos, and I don’t see it necessarily as a manifestation of evil. I think that sexuality is first and foremost the way that God chooses for us to be here on earth, to enjoy this energy of love in the physical plane. And by this understanding, and practicing, we are helping God.”

And here, I leave you with the last word of the Master:

“As he was about to climb yet another dune, his heart whispered, ‘Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.'”

“The boy climbed the dune slowly. A full moon rose again in the starry sky: it had been a month since he had set forth from the oasis. The moonlight cast shadows through dunes, creating the appearance of a rolling sea; it reminded the boy of the day when that horse had reared in the desert, and he had come to know the alchemist. And the moon fell on the desert’s silence, and on a man’s journey in search of treasure. When he reached the top of the dune, his heart leapt. There, illuminated by the light of the moon and the brightness of the desert, stood the solemn and majestic Pyramids of Egypt.”


“The boy fell to his knees and wept. He thanked God for making him believe in his destiny, and for leading him to meet a king, a merchant, an Englishman, and an alchemist.”

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

Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

94 thoughts on “Great Books of the World – Part 13

  1. What a wow post. I love Paulo Coelho and Swami Vivekananda and The Alchemist. I shall go through it again at leisure 👏

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  2. Dearest Joanna,
    A beautiful post…Im a fan again of Paulo’s work and always an admirer of your posts and your in depth researched write-up ❤️❤️. My first Paulo’s book was The Witch of Portobello…and since then they’ve added. Keep going Joanna.. looking forward to the 14th post🙂
    ❤️Richa

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  3. Dearest Richa, your affection warms my cold day here, 0 degrees! For the next few weeks, I am going to introduce the writers whose writing goes straight to our hearts and souls. They are globally revered because spirituality is timeless. You will love the next week’s post!

    Joanna
    PS Please, add red hearts!!!

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  4. Thank your again.

    Joanna

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  5. Thank you so much, Ashok, I knew you were going to like this post, and a few oncoming ones, because your life is very much spiritual, and I was always an admirer of your writing and the beautiful photography. Your unforgettable portrait of your wife immortalised her and touched our hearts. Thank you.

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  6. Another masterpiece from you, Joanna! What an inspirational story! Language of love and enthusiasm is universal, only we should be able to grasp. The inter-linkage between soul of the world, soul of the god and our own soul has been beautifully explained.

    A dialogue in a famous bollywood movie was quite popular that was inspired from, “when you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.” This is really true, if one had determination to see his dreams come true. Hunches or intuitions are not in vain, if one has guts.

    This post has a lot of learnings right from nature’s creation, maktub, one path to God, fear of failure to sources of inspiration from elemental forces and other things like desert, sheep and crystal, we come across our life.

    Finally, Eleven Minutes reminded me of Osho Rajnish, who have spoken volumes on topics from sex to super-consciousness. In all, it was again a very absorbing and thought-provoking post from you. Thanks a lot.

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  7. I can only repeat – I don’t like your comments, KK, I LOVE IT!!
    Of course, I cannot take any credit for this post as it is Coelho magic that works here. As always, I learn from you somethings important; who was or is Osho Rajnish? I will go and find out now!

    Thank you!

    Joanna

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  8. Joanna,
    Thank you for your article, and here for once I read many books by the author that you present to us;)
    In particular Eleven minutes that I really liked.
    I read Paolo Coehlo a long time ago surely at the right time (I must have been 25, and at the time I was very depressed), and his books have always shed light on the world and the human psyche. We share the same belief that this source of Love that we can well call God, and the name that suits us, we have been designated, but that this source of Love is located in each of us, it is simply an irrefutable fact.
    I have been to Saint Jacques de Compostela several times, these are unforgettable experiences, which make you grow internally and absolutely; this is not a meeting with d
    God is an encounter with oneself, with our divine part, this is what one can really find while walking on the paths of Saint Jacques. This gem is within everyone’s reach, it is within us.
    I will perhaps write articles on my experience of the Camino (which is multiple and high in adventures …), but they will be nothing compared to the truth of the moment and all that one can feel at the present moment .
    What I can say at the very least is that very quickly we realize that it takes very little to live and be happy, but above all to feel free!
    By traveling with 10 kilos on your back, you realize that a little friendship, a good meal, a goal, surpassing oneself, a good bed, a good shower, a clean underwear, all that is enough to be fulfilled and to feel truly free. It is little and it is a lot.
    Another detail, when we walk over great distances (I’m talking about 30 to 60 kilometers / day) we quickly realize that we can reclaim space, estimate distances on sight, we take these “hunter-gatherer” landmarks “, this immersion in nature brings us back to a secret place in our brain that returns us to our condition of” super living “connected to the world around it.
    I believe that Paolo Coehlo knew how to touch the essential, with what speaks in the hearts of men in a universal way, it is a gesture full of benevolence, courageous even (because it challenges the existing dogmas and well anchored in humanity ), I will remember for eternity that we can always ask everything from the Universe and that sometimes it is enough to ask, and up there everything is activated to give us what is right, always remember to thank;)

    But I’m sad Joanna…
    “The boy fell to his knees and wept. He thanked God for making him believe in his destiny, and for leading him to meet a king, a merchant, an Englishman, and an alchemist. ”
    Why not a Frenchman😅
    Je t’embrasse très fort Chère Joanna et merci !!!❤️💖💜

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  9. Thanks for compliments. You must read Osho. He was an interesting personality with a lot of followers from all across the globe.

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  10. You are welcome!

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  11. Wow, I remember reading The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage but had I known the latter was based off a real event, I would’ve read it slowly and more introspectively. I especially loved his descriptions of each stage, for a moment then, it felt like everything was possible. Needless to say, The Alchemist was a remarkable read as well. I came across Eleven Minutes but was advised not to read it.
    It’s sad to hear how his parents treated him, even now in schools, writing isn’t considered a hobby or a gift like art and music is. But, writing is a strangely cathartic experience and nothing can second it.
    I love your quote that you included among the others! It’s intriguing in Literature and rather controversial in Science, I want to believe in a more science-oriented religiously acceptable idea but they seem to be quite scarce these days 😂
    Wonderful post as always! Happy weekend, Joanna!

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  12. Thank you Joanna, for this beauty of a post. I love Paulo Coelho’s work. The first book I read of his was The Alchemist. I knew he was a gem of a writer the moment I finished reading that book. He just has a way with words and making you believe what he writes.
    Have a lovely day Joanna and awaiting your next post! ❤️💐🙏

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  13. Goodness, D, your extraordinary perception and maturity is far beyond your age. I can predict that you will be either a globally known and loved writer or will run your country towards a better future. Nothing less will do!! I just love your measured remark about not reading Eleven Minutes, quite right too. In many countries, there is a persistent trend to separate religion from education and politics. But both are and had been part of the human condition for as long as time goes back, and there is even a word to describe such futile and foolish attempts; it is the longest word in German – Verschlimmbesserung, and it means, an attempted improvement that makes things worse.

    Thank you, D, live your comments, as always.

    Joanna

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  14. Thank you so much, Diana, for your kind comment. Yes, you are right, it is Coelho’s ability as a writer that creates this belief in us that all is possible, although the reality falls short of this magnetic message.

    Joanna

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  15. My pleasure Joanna. Have been away from WP for a while to focus on my book and it was a treat to read this post 💖🤗

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing this great post. Paulo Coelho is my favorite writer and I love reading and rereading “The Alchemist ” in French and in English!!!

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  17. My pleasure, Mizou, you offer interesting guidance,

    Joanna

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  18. A wonderful read indeed! I have read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. It’s been a long time since I read it (exact one year), so I don’t remember many details about it. Your post has inspired me to read it and his other books once again. Reading about his parents made me feel like I’m not alone in this. I can’t believe he was given electroconvulsive therapy. Do you know that in many parts of this world, people are given electroconvulsive therapy to ‘treat’ their homosexuality. It’s banned in many countries though.
    You are great, Joanna, do you know that?

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  19. My pleasure Joanna

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  20. Let me know when your book is ready, please.

    Joanna

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  21. It has just been published Joanna and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

    4 Pillars of Abundant Life by Ashok Wahi

    I shall appreciate if you can share your ordering and delivery experience and later the Reading experience 😊🤗

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  22. Will do, Ashok. Congratulations. I will order today.

    Joanna

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  23. Thank you 9, although I don’t know about great, just helpful, and hungry for knowledge. After just reading your post, there is one professional piece of advice I can give you – stay clear of weird, empty-headed gurus. Trust in science. Also, don’t make any major decisions until you are 20, then you will know.

    Your friend,
    Joanna

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  24. I will follow your advice, Joanna.

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  25. Now, 9, who is great, do you know?

    Joanna

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  26. Thank you, you will not lose with me, although there is a saying (crowd wisdom) : “Better to lose with an intelligent one than to gain with
    a stupid.”

    Joanna

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  27. Ashok, need your advice here – I tried to order your book on Amazon but they don’t recognize the title. If your publisher was in India would there be a different branch of Amazon?

    Joanna

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

    In my school days in navodaya, I feel lonely and sad because I have no real friends. I was 13 or 14 years old at that time.

    In the every evening prayer, I pray to God that “ Oh God! Happy…..(name of the day, ex. happy Friday), good day to you, I pray for the wellness and welfare of everyone. Oh, God! we love you, accept our love, give your blessings to us. My regards to you. I need nothing, keep your blessing on me. ”

    As I have told you, your every blog is itself an interesting book for me. I have saved it to read it again and again.

    Your presentation is very beautiful Joanna. I have to clear my doubts about ‘ The Alchemist ‘ book…your blog gave me a new direction and combination.

    For me, It is more about being confident and consistently trying to achieve my dreams. ❤

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  29. I would like to read “ 11 minutes ”.

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  30. Dear Joanna, this has me reeling! I’m waiting for Waterstones to deliver a copy of The Alchemist, a book I’ve not read and here you are feeding my soul with quotes like “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are” and “……And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul.” Some years ago I read Bruce Chatwin’s book Songlines and I realised then that my own journey in this life was still to be fulfilled. He wrote about deserts and how they were crossed without maps. I thought to write to the author but sadly he had just passed away and his passing left a huge gap in my life. I could write more with connections to Jacquetta Hawkes, Thor Heyerdahl, Laurens van der Post, and many more but this is your blog, so I should end with my hands held together in thanks for these amazing post. 🙏💖💌💖🙏 💐

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  31. Joanna, once again, you have greatly impressed me with a most interesting post. I have picked up copies of The Alchemist on several occasions, but have not yet read it. (Maybe the student wasn’t ready for the teacher?) Now, thanks to you, I am putting it on my must-read list. I love this quote you shared ‘Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.’ I can attest to that for so many reasons! I, too, share in the belief that God is in everyone and everything that exists. We live sacred lives in a sacred world. Thank you, my friend; you are one of the best teachers I’ve ever had! 🌞

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  32. That is, Ashley, how all things are connected. And, without realising it, we are. You are obviously very happy in your personal life, and so you picked up on this part of Coelho message,, but when you read your book soon, while you are reading it, the sensation of something sublimed penetrating your heart, is overwhelming, and that is what makes Coelho a special, great writer.
    Thank you, Ashley, for your kind comments.

    Joanna

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  33. This is my turn to be impressed with such wonderful comments. I am so glad to be of service!! Your photographs of the wildest of the wild places should be published as many people will never have a chance to wave from the bottom of a canyon, being guided there by the Native guru. And the power of Nature in your pictures is breathtaking.
    Thank you.

    Joanna

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  34. I so appreciate you, Joanna, & the fact that your kindness always warms my heart. 🌞

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  35. Dear Loku, I am looking always for your comments as they are so beautiful in their honesty and sincerity. I don’t think, you realise it but you are a spiritual person, that combined with your highly evocative writing, will one day become your force as a writer. If you need more confidence, I can help, if you wish, because I will professionally appraise your posts and point out the best parts and why there are so.

    As to the book you would like to read. I would leave it for a few years. It is always better to practice yourself rather than read it second-hand version.
    Thank you.

    Joanna

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  36. I found your comments so insightful and uniquely interesting. Even your mature beyond your age understanding of today’s trend to separate religion from education and politics that use to work from time immemorial, is now in many countries, inc India, a subject of unforced changes, in a manner described in the German language aptly as VERSCHLIMMBESSERUNG, which translates as an attempted improvement that makes matters worse. I like your reticent remark about Eleven Minutes, quite right too.
    Thank you for including me in your last lovely post and even quoting my advice that you have since then heeded.

    You are quite unique and I can see you as either as a great, globally famous writer or running your beautiful country towards a better future for all.
    Thank you,
    Joanna

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  37. Wow! Joanna, a salute to the master and big applause to you. I read “The Alchemist ” long back and I think it’s time to read it again.
    “As he was about to climb yet another dune, his heart whispered, ‘Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.” I read this many times.
    I have experienced our tears are like pearls that lead us to the depth of our soul where there are priceless treasures.
    I agree with KK in the above-mentioned comments that “Eleven Minutes” reminds me of Osho. How I haven’t read it yet. It’s sure on my list now.

    Thank you again, my friend
    Deepika

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  38. Dear Deepika, Thank you for reading my recommendation, my post today. Next week, there is another writer globally revered and it should exceed the number of today’s readers past 4000. I beat you to Osho, but as it is coming from an Indian publishing house it will be 3 weeks at least before I can read it. The number of people interested in Coelho means that spirituality wins every time.
    Thank you.

    Joanna

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  39. I’d be eagerly waiting for your next post as always. Oh! sorry for the miscommunication in the above comment. I meant that I haven’t read “Eleven minutes” yet. It’s on my list now. Osho I have read a lot and I listen to him regularly. I can only say that he is one of the most misunderstood mystics.

    Much love to you
    Deepika

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  40. Which country are you in Joanna? It is available on Amazon.com and in UK and Canada and many other countries …

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  41. Wow, Joanna, that’s an overwhelming remark!
    I go to a Convent school and religion is as important as academics here.
    I think that might be my favourite word yet, provided I learn to read it😂
    My pleasure! A blogger asked and I felt like sharing it!
    Happy Sunday, Joanna! I appreciate your constant encouragement!

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