“Aleph – Paulo Coelho”

Here I am going to quote some of the beautiful lines, my personal favorites, from Aleph, the book written by Paulo Coelho.

The light falls only on the stranger.

No one is a prophet in his own land.

That is to say, we value that one bird in the bush more than that in hand.

I have lit a fire on the mountain opposite of yours.

This one comes with a story where a man supposed to spend one night on a mountain which get’s extremely cold. And the above quote is his friend just saying I got your back buddy. 😀
(By the way isn’t this story similar to that Akhbar Birbal story? eh?)

Time is not a casette tape which can be wound and rewound. Don’t think about what you’ll tell people afterwards. The time is here and now. Make the most of it.

precisely my feeling for all those who think they are models when on a journey/trip.

My body is the throne of the Divine, it serves as a manifestation of what we are experiencing in another dimension.

This is perhaps the best one. It is in fact abstraction of the whole idea of life of humans. The way we see and perceive things are just our own manifestations, an attempt to explain ourselves what we are feeling and doing. The actual however might be entirely different, just way to complex and abstract for us to deal with. So, we create this universe and peace out with the trouble of understanding it. Now, as it turns out, this is a theory I have long pondered upon. Perhaps you might find a detailed post on it in the recent future. 🙂

Best way to prepare for a challenge is to cultivate the ability to call upon an infinite variety of responses.

You might have heard, “Hope for the best, plan for the worst”. However it’s virtually impossible to evaluate and plan all the possible scenarios. When the things are not the way you plan, whatever skills you are able to summon in that pressure situation is your elixir. So, prioritize development of your skills in general rather than preparing for a particular challenge or milestone.

Well, that is pretty much it. There is a philosophy Paulo has introduced in this novel. It is that time is stationary past, present and future are all happening simultaneously. In fact you can at any time move from one “time instance” to another by following certain exercises described in the book. But, I have still not got a hold of this idea. It is a bit deceiving. Paulo says to support his ide, “Music isn’t a succession of notes. It’s the constant movement of a note between sound and silence”. This is the most confusing sentence I found in the book. No matter how much try, I cannot visualize movement without the notion of time being passing by. And definitely not the movement of musical notes.

However “Aleph” is an outstanding novel which delves into Paulo’s insights and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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