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Smelling the Roses: Memoir of an Irish Philosopher Paperback – March 11, 2013
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Mervyn Brady was a friend, teacher, and mentor - beloved by many around the world. From the moment when he experienced a profound awakening of his soul, Mervyn dedicated his life to sharing his understanding of how to find and keep a Divine connection alive within the complexities of our lives. Through his example, he showed us that our place in the world, our time on this planet, has great meaning. In 1989, Mervyn founded The Academy of European Art and Culture, a school dedicated to disseminating and preserving the tremendous contributions of our forefathers. He spoke passionately about the spiritual treasures of the Western world which had lay buried for centuries in Europe. Through his many presentations on religion, art, music, philosophy, poetry and mysticism, he illuminated this knowledge for many souls. Starting first in London, then moving to Los Angeles, Mervyn eventually established an International school which spread from Europe across the United States and Mexico. Recently new groups have been added in Sydney and Johannesburg. Mervyn Brady, our beloved friend who had worked tirelessly serving others, died in Mexico City in 2006 at the age of 58.
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Smelling the Roses is a unique view into the world of a little boy who would grow up to share his big soul and, more important, to stir to life the souls of many around him. It is told in the manner that only a gifted Irish storyteller like Mervyn could do. Poignant, funny, entertaining, Smelling the Roses is a modern fairy tale like the Ugly Duckling, a little boy who thinks he's a duck because he's surrounded by ducks. Life somehow doesn't make much sense until he discovers he's not a duck at all, but a lovely swan. Not a fat ungainly boy, but a beautiful radiant soul. It may be a fairy tale, but the fact is that not only do fairy tales come true, they contain in them all that is true. Only the innocent child in us can recognize that truth.
Let the child in you read the book, know the boy, feel the man's soul. I promise you will be better for it.
The mystical experiences that Brady recounts having as a child growing up in a very dogmatic religious society are fascinating, and his delivery is heart-warming. It almost felt as if I were sitting at a table having coffee with him and listening to his stories instead of reading his posthumously-released memoirs in a book.
This is a wonderful story of a man who was obviously deeply loved by his students, some of whom contributed personal accounts of their time with him, which are dispersed between Brady's own memories throughout the book. So in the end, I did get a sense of the man and the teacher I have heard so much about from friends. I appreciate the effort that it must have taken to edit this memoir in just the right way as to strike that balance between sharing Brady's own words with the world the way he wrote them, while honoring the man who wrote the words by describing what a beautiful Soul he was and how much he gave to others throughout his life.
I hope that some day there is another book written about Mervyn Brady, both about the man and about his teachings, because when I finished this book I was left craving more. I consider that a good thing because I felt as if I made a lifelong friend in these pages.
I have been a spiritual seeker almost my entire life, and I highly recommend this book, especially if you are inclined to want to know the truth about whether or not there are real, humble and unassuming spiritual teachers in this world.