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Anthony de Mello

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

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.

Citações Anthony de Mello

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

—  Anthony de Mello

Aggression
One Minute Wisdom (1989)
Contexto: 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."

„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

Introduction
One Minute Nonsense (1992)
Contexto: 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.

„For the same reason that no one can help the fish to find the ocean.“

—  Anthony de Mello

Discovery
One Minute Wisdom (1989)
Contexto: "Help us to find God."
"No one can help you there."
"Why not?"
"For the same reason that no one can help the fish to find the ocean."

„Suffering points out that there is falsehood somewhere. Suffering occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality when your falsehoods clash with the truth, then you have suffering. Otherwise there is no suffering.“

—  Anthony de Mello

"Obstacles to Happiness", p. 74
Awareness (1992)
Contexto: Suffering is a sign that you're out of touch with the truth. Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth, that you might understand that there's falsehood somewhere, just as physical pain is given to you so you will understand that there is disease or illness somewhere. Suffering points out that there is falsehood somewhere. Suffering occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality when your falsehoods clash with the truth, then you have suffering. Otherwise there is no suffering.

„Can one be fully human without experiencing tragedy? The only tragedy there is in the world is ignorance; all evil comes from that.“

—  Anthony de Mello

"The Death of Me", p. 150
Awareness (1992)
Contexto: Can one be fully human without experiencing tragedy? The only tragedy there is in the world is ignorance; all evil comes from that. The only tragedy there is in the world is unwakefulness and unawareness. From them comes fear, and from fear comes comes everything else, but death is not a tragedy at all. Dying is wonderful; it's only horrible to people who have never understood life. It's only when you're afraid of life that you fear death. It's only dead people who fear death.

„We're always dying to things. We're always shedding everything in order to be fully alive and resurrected at every moment.“

—  Anthony de Mello

"The Death of Me", p. 150
Awareness (1992)
Contexto: One of your American authors put it so well. He said awakening is the death of your belief in injustice and tragedy. The end of the world for a caterpillar is a butterfly for the master. Death is resurrection. We're talking not about some resurrection that will happen but about one that is happening right now. If you would die to the past, if you would die to every minute, you would be the person who is fully alive, because a fully alive person is one who is full of death. We're always dying to things. We're always shedding everything in order to be fully alive and resurrected at every moment. The mystics, saints, and others make great efforts to wake people up. If they don't wake up, they're always going to have these other minor ills like hunger, wars, and violence. The greatest evil is sleeping people, ignorant people.

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„Life is easy, life is delightful. It's only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings.“

—  Anthony de Mello

"Obstacles to Happiness", p. 78
Awareness (1992)
Contexto: Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture. To acquire happiness you don't have to do anything, because happiness cannot be acquired. Does anybody know why? Because we have it already. How can you acquire what you already have? Then why don't you experience it? Because you've got to drop something. You've got to drop illusions. You don't have to add anything in order to be happy; you've got to drop something. Life is easy, life is delightful. It's only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings. Do you know where these things come from? From having identified with all kinds of labels!

„Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something you have; love is something that has you.“

—  Anthony de Mello

"The Land of Love", p. 172
Awareness (1992)
Contexto: Understand the obstructions you are putting in the way of love, freedom, and happiness and they will drop. Turn on the light of awareness and the darkness will disappear. Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something you have; love is something that has you.

„The day you are happy for no reason whatsoever, the day you find yourself taking delight in everything and in nothing, you will know that you have found the land of unending joy called the kingdom.“

—  Anthony de Mello

The Way to Love (1995)
Contexto: If you want to know what it means to be happy, look at a flower, a bird, a child; they are perfect images of the kingdom. For they live from moment to moment in the eternal now with no past and no future. So they are spared the guilt and anxiety that so torment human beings and they are full of the sheer joy of living, taking delight not so much in persons or things as in life itself. As long as your happiness is caused or sustained by something or someone outside of you, you are still in the land of the dead. The day you are happy for no reason whatsoever, the day you find yourself taking delight in everything and in nothing, you will know that you have found the land of unending joy called the kingdom.

„If you want to know what it means to be happy, look at a flower, a bird, a child; they are perfect images of the kingdom. For they live from moment to moment in the eternal now with no past and no future.“

—  Anthony de Mello

The Way to Love (1995)
Contexto: If you want to know what it means to be happy, look at a flower, a bird, a child; they are perfect images of the kingdom. For they live from moment to moment in the eternal now with no past and no future. So they are spared the guilt and anxiety that so torment human beings and they are full of the sheer joy of living, taking delight not so much in persons or things as in life itself. As long as your happiness is caused or sustained by something or someone outside of you, you are still in the land of the dead. The day you are happy for no reason whatsoever, the day you find yourself taking delight in everything and in nothing, you will know that you have found the land of unending joy called the kingdom.

„Wisdom comes to those who learn nothing, unlearn everything.
That transformation is the consequence not of something done, but of something dropped.“

—  Anthony de Mello

Purification
One Minute Wisdom (1989)
Contexto: The Master insisted that what he taught was nothing, what he did was nothing.
His disciples gradually discovered that Wisdom comes to those who learn nothing, unlearn everything.
That transformation is the consequence not of something done, but of something dropped.

„As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that.“

—  Anthony de Mello

"Assorted Landmines", p. 148
Awareness (1992)
Contexto: As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life. But life has no meaning; it cannot have meaning because meaning is a formula; meaning is something that makes sense to the mind. Every time you make sense out of reality, you bump into something that destroys the sense you made. Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.

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

—  Anthony de Mello

Deception
One Minute Wisdom (1989)
Contexto: The feigning sleeper can delude others — he cannot delude himself. The false mystic, unfortunately, can delude both others and himself.

„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

Rejection
One Minute Wisdom (1989)
Contexto: "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.

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

—  Anthony de Mello

"Labels", p. 73
Awareness (1992)
Contexto: 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.

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

—  Anthony de Mello

Wellsprings : A Book of Spiritual Exercises (1985), p. 19
Contexto: "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."

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