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Anthony de Mello

Data de nascimento: 3. Setembro 1931
Data de falecimento: 2. Junho 1987

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Anthony de Mello foi um padre jesuíta e psicoterapeuta que se tornou conhecido por seus escritos sobre espiritualidade em que mesclava a doutrina judaico-cristã ao budismo. Foi organizador de diversos retiros espirituais e era considerado um grande orador. Dentre os inúmeros países que visitou, em suas estadias de estudo e trabalho, destacam-se os Estados Unidos e a Espanha.

Em 24 de junho de 1998, a Congregação para a Doutrina da Fé emitiu uma notificação condenando alguns escritos do Padre Anthony de Mello.

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„The Master in these tales is not a single person. He is a Hindu Guru, a Zen Roshi, a Taoist Sage, a Jewish Rabbi, a Christian Monk, a Sufi Mystic. He is Lao-tzu and Socrates; Buddha and Jesus; Zarathustra and Mohammed.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: The Master in these tales is not a single person. He is a Hindu Guru, a Zen Roshi, a Taoist Sage, a Jewish Rabbi, a Christian Monk, a Sufi Mystic. He is Lao-tzu and Socrates; Buddha and Jesus; Zarathustra and Mohammed. His teaching is found in the seventh century B. C. and the twentieth century A. D. His wisdom belongs to East and West alike. Do his historical antecedents really matter? History, after all, is the record of appearances, not Reality; of doctrines, not of Silence. Introduction

„The Master was allergic to ideologies.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: The Master was allergic to ideologies. "In a war of ideas," he said, "it is people who are the casualties." Later he elaborated: "People kill for money or for power. But the most ruthless murderers are those who kill for their ideas." p. 7

„This is not the discontent that leads to the joy of the kingdom.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: Mostly the discontent that you feel comes from not having enough of something — you are dissatisfied because you think you do not have enough money or power or success or fame or virtue or love or holiness. This is not the discontent that leads to the joy of the kingdom. Its source is greed and ambition and its fruit is restlessness and frustration. The day you are discontented not because you want more of something but without knowing what it is you want; when you are sick at heart of everything you are pursuing so far and you are sick of the pursuing itself, then your heart will attain a great clarity, an insight that will cause you mysteriously to delight in everything and in nothing.

„The false mystic, unfortunately, can delude both others and himself.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: The feigning sleeper can delude others — he cannot delude himself. The false mystic, unfortunately, can delude both others and himself. Deception

„You will have grown accustomed to it.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: "I wish to become a teacher of the Truth." "Are you prepared to be ridiculed, ignored and starving till you are forty-five?" "I am. But tell me: What will happen after I am forty-five?" "You will have grown accustomed to it." Wellsprings : A Book of Spiritual Exercises (1985), p. 19

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„When your excessive eagerness to teach has left you.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: A zealous disciple expressed a desire to teach others the Truth and asked the Master what he thought about this. The Master said, "Wait." Each year the disciple would return with the same request and each time the Master would give him the same reply: "Wait." One day he said to the Master, "When will I be ready to teach?" Said the Master, "When your excessive eagerness to teach has left you." Aggression

„To be public-spirited and belong to no party,
to move without being bound to any given course,
to take things as they come,“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: "What kind of a person does Enlightenment produce?" Said the Master: "To be public-spirited and belong to no party, to move without being bound to any given course, to take things as they come, have no remorse for the past, no anxiety for the future, to move when pushed, to come when dragged, to be like a mighty gale, like a feather in the wind, like weeds floating on a river, like a mill-stone meekly grinding, to love all creation equally as heaven and earth are equal to all — such is the product of Enlightenment." On hearing these words one of the younger disciples cried, "This sort of teaching is not for the living but for the dead," and walked away, never to return. Rejection

„When we don't accept or follow, but question, investigate, penetrate, there is an insight out of which comes creativity, joy.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: It is the desire for "the more" that prevents clear thinking, whereas if we are discontent, not because we want something, but without knowing what we want; if we are dissatisfied with our jobs, with making money, with seeking position and power, with tradition, with what we have and with what we might have; if we are dissatisfied, not with anything in particular but with everything, then I think we shall find that our discontent brings clarity. When we don't accept or follow, but question, investigate, penetrate, there is an insight out of which comes creativity, joy.

„People with golden hearts would make capitalism or communism or socialism work beautifully.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: A Jesuit once wrote a note to Father Arrupe, his superior general, asking him about the relative value of communism, socialism and capitalism. Father Arrupe gave him a lovely reply. He said, "A system is about as good or as bad as the people who use it." People with golden hearts would make capitalism or communism or socialism work beautifully. "The Death of Me", p. 151

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„There are no words for it. The important thing is to drop the labels.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: The important thing is not to know who "I" is or what "I" is. You'll never succeed. There are no words for it. The important thing is to drop the labels. "Labels", p. 73

„Are you prepared to be ridiculed, ignored and starving till you are forty-five?“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: "I wish to become a teacher of the Truth." "Are you prepared to be ridiculed, ignored and starving till you are forty-five?" "I am. But tell me: What will happen after I am forty-five?" "You will have grown accustomed to it." Wellsprings : A Book of Spiritual Exercises (1985), p. 19

„An unremitting readiness to admit you may be wrong“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: To a visitor who described himself as a seeker after Truth the Master said, "If what you seek is Truth, there is one thing you must have above all else." "I know. An overwhelming passion for it." "No. An unremitting readiness to admit you may be wrong." Humility

„The Master persistently warned against the attempt to encompass Reality in a concept or a name.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: The Master persistently warned against the attempt to encompass Reality in a concept or a name. A scholar in mysticism once asked, "When you speak of BEING, sir, is it eternal, transcendent being you speak of, or transient, contingent being?" The Master closed his eyes in thought. Then he opened them, put on his most disarming expression, and said, "Yes!" p. 131

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