- The Wisdom of Anthony de Mello
his most popular book, Awareness (paperback). It is a magnificent book, filled with keen insights. Anthony de Mello (who died suddenly in 1987) was a no-nonsense teacher who cut through so many of the illusions we all hold.
His insights are fresh - not a regurgitation of what others have said. Anthony de Mello will challenge you - and at times annoy you - but if you remain open, you will eventually find that he taught you some valuable things about yourself.
Here is one of my favorite passages in the book:
"What is success? It is what one group has decided is a good thing."
Not the typical answer you'd expect from a priest. He then goes on to explain his comments about success. The book is a collection of short essays that are easy to read and enjoyable. In addition, Father de Mello had a marvelous sense of humor.
Anthony de Mello was a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist who was well known for his spiritual conferences. His teachings are a mix of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and psychology, to name a few.
His book, Awareness, is available on the internet from Amazon, where you can read some excerpts to see if it resonates with you. It is quite possible that you can get the book from your local library. I recommend the book to anyone interested in spirituality.
To see Father de Mello in action during a seminar, go to:
At the beginning of the video, an audience member asks Father de Mello to define spirituality. I think you will find his response very insightful.
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