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Knowing How To Listen to Insults – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

Knowing How To Listen to Insults

In a kingdom of Arabia lived a queen called Layla. Her wisdom illuminated the land like the sun, her beauty blinded men, and her wealth was greater than any of her subjects. One morning, her chief advisor asked to see her, and said: Great queen Layla! You are the wisest, most beautiful and wealthiest women in the world. But I have heard unpleasant things; some people laugh at or complain about your decisions. Why, in spite of all you have done for your subjects, are they still not content?
Where The Truth Is – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

Where The Truth Is

"Some disciples are always asking where the truth is," said Maal-El. "So one day I decided to point in one direction, trying to show them how important it is to follow a path, and not just to think about it. "Instead of looking in the direction I had pointed, the man who had asked the question started examining my finger, trying to...
In Search of Truth – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

In Search of Truth

The devil was talking to his friends when they noticed a man walking along a road. They watched him pass and saw that he bent down to pick something up. "What did he find?" asked one of the friends. "A piece of Truth," answered the devil. The friends were very concerned. After all, a piece of Truth might save that man's soul - one less in Hell. But the devil remained unmoved, gazing at the...
Children and Prayers – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

Children and Prayers

A protestant priest, having started a family, no longer had any peace for his prayers. One night, when he knelt down, he was disturbed by the children in the living room. Have the children keep quiet! he shouted. His startled wife obeyed. Thereafter, whenever the priest came home, they all...
What We Have – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

What We Have

A wise man arrived at the village of Akbar and the people lent no importance to him. Except for a small group of young people, the wise man was of no interest to anyone; on the contrary, he became a object of irony for the inhabitants of the city...
Crowns on the Torah – Jewish Story By Paulo Coelho

Crowns on the Torah

When Moses ascended to Heaven to write a certain part of the Bible, the Almighty asked him to place small crowns on some letters of the Torah. Moses said: Master of the Universe, why draw these crowns? God answered: Because one hundred generations from now a man called Akiva will...
What Pleases God – Jewish Story By Paulo Coelho

What Pleases God

On the Torah's day of joy, Ball-Shem's pupils celebrated, drinking the master's wine. The rabbi's wife complained: "If they drink all the wine, there won't be any for the ceremony," she said. "Put an end to the party," replied the rabbi. The woman went to the room where the pupils were drinking. But as soon as she opened the door, she changed her mind and went back to her husband. "Why didn't you do anything?" asked Baal-Shem. "Because...
Choosing One's Destiny – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

Choosing One’s Destiny

I am willing to give up everything, said the prince to the master. Please accept me as your disciple. How does a man choose his path? asked the master. Through sacrifice, answered the prince...
Each to His Own Destiny – Zen Buddhist Parable By Paulo Coelho

Each to His Own Destiny

A Samurai who was known for his nobility and honesty, went to visit a Zen monk to ask advice. However, the moment he entered the temple where the master was praying, he felt inferior and concluded that, in spite of having fought for justice and peace all his life, he hadn't even come near the state of grace achieved by the man before him. "Why do I feel so inferior?" he asked...
Overcoming Obstacles – Sufi Story By Paulo Coelho

Overcoming Obstacles

A famous Sufi master was invited to give a course in California. The auditorium was full at 8AM - the time announced - when one of the assistants came onto the stage. "The master is just waking up. Please be patient." Time passed, and people started leaving the room...