Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Warrior Of The Light - Review

Warrior of the Light is a book written by Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist.

I downloaded this book and started reading it for some strange reason.

The very first few pages gave me the impression that although this book is full of wisdom but it actually depends on how a person interprets these wisdom words.

I believe that a person can always learn even from a beggar. One can learn good things even from a bad teacher and can learn bad things from a good teacher. It is all about our own "Attitude", our circumstances and a reflection of our personality.

There are many contradictory lessons  but then most of us are in a contradiction with our self only.
The enemy that we are fighting with as a warrior is within our self.
If we start considering our self as a "Warrior of the Light" and use the lessons to fight with another person, give a blow or teach other person a lesson, it is an individual's perception with which I do not agree.
Some times such actions are necessary but it should not be born out of "Rigidity", "Ego", "Selfish interests" or from the influence of other people or relationships which are contradicting the basic relationships.
All actions are justified if the end results are good.

Warrior of the Light is a very good reading. It depicts the Warrior as an ordinary person who has to face different situations and emotional conditions. It is for us to choose what suits us best. And definitely these lessons are to be used with great wisdom when it comes to relationships because relationships is not a war with the other person.
We will be able to understand it better when we realize that the real enemy is within us and not outside.

I feel that a person must accept the role which he/she has in life and play that role sincerely. Some roles are involuntary and we have no control on these roles but some roles are volantary and we have full control on such roles.
The first role with which we enter this world is of a son/ daughter.We have no control in choosing this role.
The second role is that of a spouse, the role over which we have choice and this role is the most significant because here is where your personality, your wisdom will have to be used. When faced with challenges, this is the easiest role to give up.

Marriage becomes significant only when you strive to become a "Husband" and a "Wife" to each other even if you may have to forgo other relationships which are causing hindrance. Soon all other relationships will automatically become significant.

The third role is that of a father/ mother which is nothing but a leadership role. Children learn not from what you say but from your actions.

An ordinary person is seeking happiness and contentment in life.
A highly intelligent person is seeking "Meaning" and "Purpose" of life.
There are pseudo intelligent people and the world is full of them. Outwardly they will keep projecting that they are learning wisdom. With half wisdom they tend to destroy others and also themselves in trying to seek "Meaning" and "Purpose" of life.

 Excerpts from "Warrior of the Light"

 Warrior of the Light chooses his enemies.
He knows what he is capable of; he does not have to go
about the world boasting of his qualities and virtues.
Nevertheless, there is always some one who wants to
prove himself better than he is.

For the Warrior, there is no "better" or "worse": everyone
has the necessary gifts for his particular path.

But certain people insist. They provoke and offend and
do everything they can to irritate him. At that point, his
heart says: "Do not respond to these insults, they will not
increase your abilities. You will tire yourself needlessly."

A Warrior of the Light does not waste time listening
to provocation; he has a destiny to fulfill.

My views
  1. The enemy is within yourself and not your friends, colleagues, parents, children or spouse.
  2.  The person who wants to prove himself better than he is.... is yourself
  3.  There is no "better" or "worse": everyone has the necessary gifts for his particular path. The real conflict occurs when you start forgetting "YOUR ROLE".
  4. YOU feel offended, irritated not by certain people but by YOU only.
  5. If you are weak, you let other people "Provoke" you with their selfish interests. 
  6. You have to remember your role, your destiny to fulfill.
All the problem arises when you do not understand your role.
I know of children who do not fulfill their role.
I know of parents who, for their selfish interests, ego or just to prove their point, have destroyed the married life of their children.

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