The Book That Left An Indelible Impact On My Life
A year ago I chanced upon the magnum opus of my favorite author Paulo Coelho. Certainly, some accidents are blessings in disguise. It was a period of emotional turmoil both in my personal life and my educational sphere. I thought a novel would be a good refreshment but little did I know that this would have an effect on my mind and soul that would last for a lifetime.
The novel speaks about a lad who despite being a scholar wishes to travel the world. He embarks upon a journey as a shepherd unaware of the fact that this would be a life-altering one. He gathers the courage to follow a vague dream which often people like me disregard. He interprets the dream as the language of God- the way God communicates with his creations. He believes that to seek one's destiny, one needs to hear the signals that He sends. I personally have started paying heed to the omens that the universe sends- good or bad- and things have changed for the better.
The scholar turned shepherd encounters various problems on the path towards his destiny. The worst one being trusting a thief and giving away all his savings but this somewhere has a great impact on his journey from being nothing to achieving everything. This incident taught me that it has to get to the worst before the best can arrive. And when going gets tough, look closely, the creator is trying to teach you something. Look closely- all your solutions are just in your vicinity.
From there on begins the real journey of being an alchemist, on understanding the meaning of alchemy- penetrating to the soul of the world and discovering the treasure that has been reserved for him and only him. I learned my lesson that whoever you are, whatever you do; when you really want something it's because a desire has originated in the soul of the universe to achieve. It is then your mission on the face of the earth to achieve everything that you have ever dreamt of.
The ultimate lesson that this book taught me was if you really want it the universe will conspire for you to have it. Omens are already there in your surroundings- you just need to listen. What's meant to be will always find its way. The shepherd was to be the owner of the treasure or else he wouldn’t have met the alchemist. He wouldn’t have learned the ways of life; wouldn’t have learned the art of converting himself into the wind. Don’t give up just before the dawn of accomplishment. The brightest sun shines after the darkest of night.
The most important lesson learned after which most of the people have turned Ghalib and Shayars is the lesson of love. Mr. Coelho in a very lucid language defines love- love never keeps away a man from pursuing his destiny. If he abandons that pursuit it's only because that wasn’t true love- the love that speaks the laws of the world. True love is the one that motivates you to achieve your goals, live your dreams along with your loved ones. The greatest and the most important lesson ever learned is that you are born with a purpose on this face of the earth. With a spoon full of oil you are allowed to gaze upon the wonders of life without letting the oil spill. And happily-ever-afters do exist.
THIS POST IS WRITTEN FOR NOVEMBERSCHILD IN ASSOCIATION WITH KALAMPEDIA – QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE”.