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The Way to Please the Lord – Christian Story By Paulo Coelho

The Way to Please the Lord

A novice went to Abbot Macarius seeking advice about the best way to please the Lord. "Go to the cemetery and insult the dead...
Heaven and Hell – Zen Parable By Paulo Coelho

Heaven and Hell

A violent samurai who was known for picking fights for no reason at all arrived at the door of a Zen monastery and asked to speak to the master. Without a moment's hesitation, Ryokan came out to meet him. "They say that intelligence is more powerful than strength," said the samurai. "I wonder if you could explain to me the meaning of heaven and hell." Riokan...
Carrying A Cross – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

Carrying A Cross

In a certain village in Umbria (Italy), there lived a man who was always bewailing his lot. He was a Christian, and found the weight of his cross too heavy to bear. One night, before going to sleep, he begged God to let him change his burden...
Guru from Mesure – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

Guru from Mesure

A famous guru lived in Mesure, in India. He managed to gather a good number of followers, and spread his wisdom generously. When he reached middle age, he contracted malaria, but religiously continued to fulfill his ritual: bathing in the morning, giving classes at mid-day, and praying in the temple during the afternoon. When fever and the tremors prevented him from concentrating, he...
May You Be Forgotten – Christian Story By Paulo Coelho

May You Be Forgotten

At the Sceta monastery, the abbot Lucas gathered the monks for the sermon. "May you never be remembered," he said. "What do you mean?" replied one of the brothers, "May our example not help those who might need it?"
The Chess Game – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

The Chess Game

A young man said to the abbot from the monastery: "I'd actually like to be a monk, but I haven't learned anything in life. All my father taught me was to play chess, which does not lead to enlightenment. Apart from that, I learned that all games are a sin." "They may be a sin but they can also be a diversion, and who knows, this monastery needs a little of both," was the reply. The abbot asked for a chess board, sent for a monk and told him...
It All Seems So Obvious – Jewish Parable By Paulo Coelho

It All Seems So Obvious

Rabbi Ben Zoma was asked: "Who is wise?" "He who always finds something to learn from others," said the Rabbi. "Who is strong?" "The man who is capable of...
Covering the Sun With One's Hand – Jewish Story By Paulo Coelho

Covering the Sun With One’s Hand

A disciple went to Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav: "I shall not continue with my studies of sacred texts," he said. "I live in a small house with my brothers and parents, and never have the ideal conditions for concentrating on that which is important." Nachman pointed to the sun and asked his disciple to place his hand over his face, in order to hide it...
Reflections In a Lake – Christian Story By Paulo Coelho

Reflections In a Lake

Cain and Abel came to the banks of an enormous lake. They had never seen anything like it. "There's something inside it," said Abel, looking into the water, not knowing that it was his reflection. Cain noticed the same thing, and...
The Ancestor's Bones – Spiritual Story By Paulo Coelho

The Ancestor’s Bones

There was a king of Spain who was very proud of his ancestors, and who was known for his cruelty to the weak. One time, he was walking with his advisers across a field in Aragon, where - years before - he had lost his father during a battle, when he found a holy man searching a large pile of bones. " What are you doing there?" - asked the king...