Remembering the 25th death anniversary of Anthony De Mello, SJ

Today is the 25th death anniversary of Anthony De Mello, one of the greatest Spiritual Advisors that ever lived. De Mello was a famous Indian Jesuit Priest who was the Director of Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling in Poona, India. He was internationally known for his beautiful way of explaining the meaning of Spirituality. De Mello talked a lot about Awareness and Waking Up. His stories and parables provided a brighter insight for people to look within themselves to discover and strengthen their spirituality.

He passed away on June 2, 1987 from a heart attack at the young age of 56. De Mello continues to inspired millions of people and we are fortunate that we have seminars that he allowed himself to be taped. I have included a couple of his speeches.

For those who are not familiar with the Spirituality of De Mello, I hope the following videos will give people a deeper insight of De Mello and his beautiful way of telling stories to get his message across. Enjoy the following videos.

Here is the series of De Mello where he gives his lecture on WAKE UP! The Spirituality of Today.

De Mello talks about Prayer in this video. I love his stories!

Here he talks about How to be Real.

This is the last video of his seminar, Wake Up!—How to Love

Here are some of my favorite quotes by De Mello:

“How shall I help the world?”
“By understanding it,” said the Master.
“And how shall I understand it?”
“By turning away from it.”
“How then shall I serve humanity?”
“By understanding yourself.”

Don’t change: Desire to change is the enemy of love.
Don’t change yourselves: Love yourselves as you are.
Don’t change others: Love all others as they are.
Don’t change the world: It is in God’s hands and he knows.
And if you do that change will occur
Marvellously in its own way and in its own time
Yield to the current of life unencumbered by baggage.

What is love?”

“The total absence of fear,” said the Master.

“What is it we fear?”

“Love,” said the Master.

Most people don’t live aware lives. They live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts — generally somebody else’s — mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions.

Loneliness is not cured by human company. Loneliness is cured by contact with reality.

A religious belief… is not a statement about Reality, but a hint, a clue about something that is a mystery, beyond the grasp of human thought. In short, a religious belief is only a finger pointing to the moon. Some religious people never get beyond the study of the finger. Others are engaged in sucking it. Others yet use the finger to gouge their eyes out. These are the bigots whom religion has made blind. Rare indeed is the religionist who is sufficiently detached from the finger to see what it is indicating— these are those who, having gone beyond belief, are taken for blasphemers. (One Minute Nonsense (1992), p.134)

Isn’t there such a thing as social liberation?”
“Of course there is,” said the Master.
“How would you describe it?”
“Liberation from the need to belong to the herd.” (One Minute Nonsense (1992), p.172)

Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know ~ all mystics ~ Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion ~ are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Thought everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare.

Waking up is unpleasant, you know. You are nice and comfortable in bed. It is irritating to be woken up. That’s the reason the wise guru will not attempt to wake people up. I hope I’m going to be wise here and make no attempt whatsoever to wake you up if you are asleep. It is really none of my business, even though I say to you at times, “Wake up!” My business is to do my thing, to dance my dance. If you profit from it fine; if you don’t, too bad! As the Arabs say, “The nature of rain is the same, but it makes thorns grow in the marshes and flowers in the gardens.

Anthony De Mello…PRESENTE!!!


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