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The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello (Image Pocket Classics) Paperback – June 1, 1995
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On the other hand, I'm not persuaded that de Mello _is_ taking anything out of context. There is a loooooooooooong tradition in Christianity, is there not, of recognizing that even Jesus's most casual words are charged with hidden spiritual significance and trying to discern their "inner" meaning through meditation?
Be that as it may, the reader should be aware that this is not a book "about" Christianity or Christian theology or biblical hermeneutics or anything else of the sort. De Mello has exactly one purpose in writing, and he isn't messing around: as he remarks in _Awareness_, imitating Christ doesn't make you Christlike any more than playing a saxophone makes a monkey a musician. "You've got," de Mello says, "to _be_ Christ." And the entire purpose of the short meditations in this little volume is precisely to make you "_be_ Christ."
Heresy? Well, as a non-Christian I'm not an authority on whom you should rely here -- but as I recall, the New Testament does say that Christians are supposed to "have the mind of Christ" and "be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Read more ›
He was willing to say things that challenged our core beliefs about what makes one happy but in a gentle and compassionate way not one based on superiority. So it was a delight to find out that he was able to leave something that may help others in their own spiritual quest.
The book can be read in an hour or two and at the end of book you are inspired by his sincere attempt to help you to see how most of our suffering is caused by our own misguided thinking. I always feel more liberated after reading his book. Other authors that are useful to me are Eckhart Tolle, Ram Dass, and Ramana Maharshi.
De Mello sort of pushes to the extreme, wanting you to absorve the most out of it. He probably knew that most people, are not in position to reach that ultimate state of enlighment,
considering that this requires letting go a whole set of superflous goals and desires, in todays society, its very improbable to most. Still he reveals how to take the first steps.
Some progress is better than none...the rest will come on its own.
The least this book will do, if you allow it to, it will purify your perception on life...
how long does the effect lasts, that depends on you.
This was Anthonys last before he died,and I believe he went in peace....
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Do not miss this book. Short and powerful. I rely on some phrases/prayers all the time. de Mello's best I think.Published 20 days ago by Thomas Morris
Rich work that opens the heart to true meaning of Being who God created you to be, without indulgence with other people's programmingPublished 21 days ago by Livinrich
Changed my life in every way for the better! It is a mixture of Christian and Buddhist philosophy perfectly brought together with easy to understand fundamental rules. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Darrin B.
Awesome book....life explained in simple words...you want to feel life...then silent yourself and listen to life...Published 2 months ago by add
I LOVE this book and continue to read it over and over. I had heard of Anthony De Mello's work but didn't know where to start. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dugger