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One Minute Wisdom Paperback – February 1, 1988
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The purpose of the sayings is to provoke a response, to help one to break out of the habitual patterns of thought and action that substitute for rather than express religious beliefs.
An example: "To everyone's surprise the Master seemed unenthusiastic about religious education for the young. When asked why, he said, "Innoculate them when they are young and you prevent them from catching the real thing when they grow up."
The book can be read for amusement or to change one's life. It is only as good as the reader is willing to allow it to be.
However, two years ago I was introduced to de Mello's video series entitled "A Way to God for Today" which inspired me to give "One Minute Wisdom" another try. To my delight I found the stories filled with humor, surprise, insight, and potency.
These stories are not bound by any one religious tradition. It seems to me that they enter into the cental Reality of all the great religious traditions of the world. The "spiritual masters" mentioned in the book are never named, but could be Catholic priests, Hindu sages, Buddhist monks, Jewish rabbis, or Islamic mystics.
Give yourself a treat and read "One Minute Wisdom." Then, as de Mello himself says in the book, get rid of it. If yo! u keep it (or any book) too long and come to depend on it, it will become a poison! So wake up! Be free!
Worth reading through several times - a little at a time. Too much at once and they loose their impact.
The above is his stated goal in the introduction and it is accomplished masterfully.
Similar to the Song of The Bird but the stories do not overlap.
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I would recommend reading two other books by this author first; they are The Way To Love and Awareness:The Perils and Opportunities of Reality.Published 2 months ago by Rich C.
I've been an Anthony de Mello fan for decades. His writings are for all people especially those interested in seeking Truth.Published 3 months ago by Janie L.
This book was a very easy read, but with great depth. The teachings are so brief, yet profound. like a modern Lao-Tzu. While reading this book, I laughed until my eyes watered. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JEM