Reflecting on Vases

By Paulo Coelho For The Bali Times The cracked pitcher An Indian legend tells of a man who used to carry water every day to his village, using two large pitchers tied on either end of a piece of wood, which he placed across his shoulders. One of the pitchers was older than the other […]

Creative Solutions

By Paulo Coelho For The Bali Times What is written A blind man was begging on the road to Mecca when a pious Muslim came over and asked whether the people were giving generously – as the Koran commands. The man showed him his little tin, which was almost empty. The traveller said: “Let me […]

Creative Solutions

By Paulo Coelho For The Bali Times What is written A blind man was begging on the road to Mecca when a pious Muslim came over and asked whether the people were giving generously – as the Koran commands. The man showed him his little tin, which was almost empty. The traveller said: “Let me […]

Talking about Sex (continuation)

By Paulo Coelho For The Bali Times The following notes were written during a conversation with J. in 1986. Since we need to change our attitude towards sex, what is the first step?” “I’ve already told you: surrender oneself. People think that before they allow themselves any pleasure, they must resolve all their problems, and […]

The Magic Instant

By Paulo Coelho For The Bali Times We have to take risks. We can only truly understand the miracle of life when we let the unexpected manifest itself. Every day – together with the sun – God gives us a moment in which it is possible to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day […]

How the Arab People Were Created

By Paulo Coelho For The Bali Times In one of his rare writings, the Sufi wise man Hafik comments that the path of human beings on earth is filled with contradictions and challenges that can only be overcome to the extent that each of us accepts sole responsibility for his decisions: “Only the ignorant try […]

The Warrior of Light and His Temperament

By Paulo Coelho For The Bali Times The Warrior of Light can afford to live each day different from the next. He is not afraid of crying over old regrets or feeling happy at new discoveries. When he feels that the hour has come, he casts everything aside and departs for the adventure he has […]

The Second Chance

By Paulo Coelho For The Bali Times The Sybilines, witches capable of foretelling the future, lived in ancient Rome. One fine day one of them appeared at Emperor Tiberius’ palace with nine books. She said that therein lay the future of the Empire, and asked for 10 talents of gold for the texts. Tiberius found […]

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