This has become one of my another favourite book. When I picked up the book I was wondering what would be the contents of a very different title “The Alchemist”. I knew that Alchemy is the science of converting any matter to Gold. So I was wondering what would be the contents of this book. But I was surprised when I read the book. The book depicts the story of a young boy and how his journey forces us to introspect ourselves. I will quote some of the lines from the book that I liked and its teachings for us.
1) Purpose of Our Life or Our Calling

“Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Everything in life has its price. This is what the Warriors of the Light try to teach.”

2) Appreciation of Things We Take for Granted

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognise the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.

3) Importance of Money

Money there is magic; whoever has money is never really alone.

4) Our Self-Belief and Decision Making Power

When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.
People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.
“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

5) Secret of Happiness

If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.”
The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.”

6) Chasing our Dreams

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

7) Significance of our presence

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”

A must read and buy for people who like to Reflect their lives and do Introspection:

The book ends with message that whatever we are in search of is not far away, it is very near to us. May be we should look inside ourselves for seeking that unknown treasure instead of searching it outside in the world.