By The River of Piedra I Sat Down And Wept
Two childhood friends go on a journey together from Spain to the surrounding communities of the Pyrenees mountains. On their journey Pilar and her friend discuss the meaning of love, forgiveness and how to lead an adventurous life by taking risks to fulfill a dream. There is also the Pere who seems to become a mediator or advocate, a friend, between the man and woman. First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, BY THE RIVER PIEDRA I SAT DOWN AND WEPT by PAULHO COELHO. I’ve had good conversation whether confrontational or peaceable while reading through the pages. Whatever the tone of the moment ideas flowed like good wine pass the three people to me. The transition to another world of spirituality and beauty made me see that moments in my life can be full of meaning.
I began the novel thinking one way, then, all of a sudden there was a switch in my mind. At first the male companion seemed to be the one capable and willing to teach Pilar the way to a spiritual life. I thought Pilar seemed more romantic. You know woman want romance. Man wants to pontificate about his great deeds. It is only after her male companion comes back from a time of solitude in the mountains do I see he is the one who will be changed by the woman’s thoughts about forgiveness and what dream to follow in life. Oddly, when he comes from the mountaintop and meets the woman he grabs her and gives her a deep and intimate kiss. The kiss seems to say ‘I want your body.’ He is now willing to give up his life of spiritual growth in order to build a home with a white picket fence and do all that he thinks this woman, most women want for their lives. Here is the twisted dance. Pilar doesn’t want any of the above. She wants to talk about spirituality.She wants to give her life away in service to other people. This is the walk, the journey she wants to share with her companion. I suppose both are striving to sacrifice themselves for one another in different ways.
In order that Pilar’s strong spirituality is not overlooked. Paulo Coelho mentions Saint Teresa of Avila along with Bernadette of Lourdes and Of course, the Virgin Mother who understands our suffering because she experiences the death of Her Son. Broadening his points the author includes Psalm 137. I still have parts of the Psalm rushing through my head like fresh water. I will feel neglectful not to add the Psalm to the end of my book review. Most of the journey is through the French countryside. I feel the flavor of their journey will seem more lasting and real if I leave the Psalm here in the French language. Of course I can only read it in the English.
How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?
there we sat down and wept,
when we remembered Zion.
2 On the willows[a] there
we hung up our lyres.
3 For there our captors
required of us songs,
and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
let my right hand forget its skill!
6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
above my highest joy!
the day of Jerusalem,
how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,
down to its foundations!”
8 O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed,
blessed shall he be who repays you
with what you have done to us!
9 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
and dashes them against the rock!biblegateway
Aleph by Paulo Coelho
You will be very happy to know I’ve experienced Aleph, NOT sexual. Just a moment in time when I felt fully loved by the universe and myself. Didn’t want the moment to go away. So unique and special. Aleph is real. I don’t think you can understand it until you experience it. You can desire it, but to “feel” it is so much more…..Total freedom.paulocoelho
“I am in the Aleph, the point at which everything is in the same place at the same time.”
Aleph by Paulo Coehlo
I have decided to not continue with ALEPH by PAULO COEHLO. I believe this novel is perfect for certain people in our society. The people I speak about are those who continue to question our journey through life. These readers have a very high understanding of spirituality. However, I am at the bottom of the pyramid. I’m not even sure which questions to ask. Not sure whether I want to hear the answers that might be shared by someone as knowledgeable as PAULO COELHO. Also, not sure whether I’m content with the spirituality I’ve learned over many years.I’m in the land of confusion. The land of confusion is one where you are searching and hope to find.
To make a long story short ALEPH is just becoming more complicated for me. I’m lost in a forest. The forest is probably filled with healing plants. I just can’t dig deep enough to reach the branches. I’ve lost the strength to pull any harder. So, this brings my journey on the Trans-Siberian train to an end. I am sure many other travelers are waiting to board the train just as Hillael did with her violin.
I did come away with a burlap sack filled with treasures after reading 47% of the novel.
“It isn’t what you did in the past that will affect the present. It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby…”