What is Love?

When asked, what is love?

The author said: When love calls you, follow him,

Though his words are hard and steep.

And when his wings enfold you yield to him,

Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

And when he speaks to you believe in him,

Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the                                       garden.

When you love you should not say , ‘God is in my heart,’ but rather , ‘I am in the heart of God.’

To be continued  🙂

Valkyries (2) Novel by Paulo Coelho Post by Ranu

J. : Paulo’s master.

Chris : Paulo’s wife

Gene : a man in his twentys

J. and Paulo understand each other well. J. the master and Paulo the disciple have a good relationship. At times the disciple is surprised when the master talks about worldly things.When the master admitted women were important to him.In reply to this Paulo said” I used to imagine great masters as people who were far removed from the world.”

J. told his disciple,he was like a river,which has run down to the sea ,he knows its wisdom.He has died and reborn many times,all he has to do is remember. J. told Paulo to break the curse. The task J. said : ” It’s for love. For victory . And for the glory of God”.

J. had to leave Rio,he was happy about the contract he negotiated for the Dutch multinational.Before boarding J. wrote something on a napkin and handed it to Paulo. Thinking it to be a magic formula, he picked up the napkin.It was a verse from a poem. J. told his disciple, During the last century,a man wrote a poem .It’s been true for many generations.”

The following is the verse:

And each man kills the thing he loves,

By all let this be heard,

Some do it with a bitter look,

Some with a flattering word,

The coward does it with a kiss,

The brave man with a sword.

Paulo read and could not stop looking at the words. Paulo realized he has destroyed what he loved.His dreams fell apart when he was about to achieve them.He thought this is something that happens to everyone.J. repeated the task was’ to break the curse’.

Next Coelho meets Gene the young man recommended by J.

To be continued!

Bestowal by R.Tagore translated by Ranu


sword (Photo credit: Guitarwarlord)

Bestowal   By Rabindranath Tagore

I thought I will ask you, I didn’t have the courage_

the garland you had around your neck in the evening

I did not have the courage to ask you for it.

Maybe I presumed when you leave your bed next morning

the severed garland would lie scattered on your bed.

Like a beggar I came early morning,

I still did not dare to ask for it.

This is not a garland my dear, this is your sword!

It seems to light up like a flame,  it is as heavy as thunderbolt,

this is your sword.

The early morning light came through the window     it spread all over on your bed,

the early morning bird asked in her song      ‘what did you get woman,’

it is not a garland,nor a dish, it is a perfumed water-can_

this is so— heavy.

This is why I sit and wonder,    is this your award____

where can I hide this,  I don’t have such a place.

Oh my dear ,  what kind of an award is this!

I feel weak with embarrassment,  can this ornament suit me,

I have a queer feeling in my chest  if I try to keep it  my heart aches my dear.

I will still carry it on my chest     to honour this pain__

I will take your award.

I will get rid of fear from my heart from this day,

from today all my work will sing your praise____

I will get rid of fear altogether.

You have left death in my house as my companion,

I will accept it happily and save it in my heart.

Your sword will gradually decrease my union__

I will release myself from fear.

I will not dress up for you .

It is okay if you do not come back anymore my dear,

I will not sit on the floor and weep for you     in this lonely house,

later in this house   I will not feel ashamed  of myself.

Your sword  has dressed me up today___

I will not dress up anymore.