How to Achieve Immortality
By Staff Writer
When he was still a young man, Beethoven decided to
compose a few improvisations on a music by Pergolesi. He devoted months to this
task and finally had the courage to publish it.
A critic wrote a full page review in a German newspaper
in which he launched a ferocious attack on the music.
Beethoven, however, was quite unshaken by his
comments. When his friends pressed him to respond to the critic, he merely
‘All I need to do is to carry on with my work. If
the music I compose is as good as I think it is, then it will survive that
“If it has the depth I hope it has, it will survive
the newspaper too.
“Should that ferocious attack on what I do ever be
remembered in the future, it will only serve as an example of the imbecility of
Beethoven was absolutely right.
Over a hundred years later, that same review was
mentioned in a radio programme in Sílo Paulo.
to The Tutor of the King of Persia
When he was young, Cosroes (later on Cosroes I) had
a master who managed to make him an outstanding student in all the subjects he
learned. One afternoon, for no apparent reason, the master punished him very
Years later, Cosroes succeeded to the throne. One of
the first measures he took was to send for his childhood master and demand an
explanation for the injustice he had committed.
“Why did you punish me without my having deserved
it?” he asked.
“When I saw your intelligence, I realized right away
that you would inherit your father’s throne,” answered the master. “And so I
decided to show you how injustice is capable of marking a man for the rest of
his life. I hope that you will never chastise anyone without reason.”
for a Blind Man
An old man sold toys in the Baghdad market. Knowing
that his sight was not quite perfect, his customers sometimes paid him with
The old man discovered the ruse, but did not say
In his prayers he asked God to forgive those who
“Perhaps they’re short of money and want to buy presents
for their children,” he said to himself.
The time passed and the old man died. Standing
before the gates of Heaven, he prayed once more:
– Lord! – he said. – I am a sinner. I did many wrong
things, I am no better than the false coins I was paid. Forgive me!
At that moment the gates swung open and a Voice was
– Forgive what? How can I judge someone who all
through his life never once passed judgment on others?
Why Do We Shout In Anger?
A master asked his disciples:
‘Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at
each other when they are upset?’ the disciples thought for a while, and one of
‘Because we lose our calm, we shout for that.’
‘But, why to shout when the other person is just
next to you? ‘Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why
do you shout at a person when you’re angry?’
The disciples gave him some other answers but none
satisfied the master.
Finally he explained:
‘When two people are angry at each other, their
hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to
hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to
hear each other through that great distance.’
Then the master asked:
‘What happens when two people fall in love? They
don’t shout at each other but talk softly, why? Because their hearts are very
close. The distance between them is very small…’
And he concluded:
‘When they love each other even more, what happens?
‘They do not speak, only whisper and they get even
closer to each other in their love.
‘Finally they even need not whisper, they only look
at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love
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