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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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This is the most amazing book! It has changed my life and made a better person. I am reading it as a daily devotion/centering time. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Leanne C Hadley
This little book is so good that I routinely buy it and give it away. I now also have an electronic copy. So much wisdom -- so clearly written. Life changing information.Published 12 days ago by Donald White
Timeless wisdom. Good integration of Advaita, Christianity and some Osho but the credit goes to De Mello.Published 21 days ago by Ken
Tony, in his unique manner, leads the reader through material that that causes emotional reactions. It is this material that the reader must contemplate if the ore is to be mined. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Harry Lee Walter
It is a great book, had already started reading a friends copy and had to have my own. It just has some great views on the way we live and how to make life more rewarding.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
always the great Anthony DeMello pleases the heart, warms the mind, lifts the soul.Published 1 month ago by Soren Kerk
This is a great book mixed with Buddhism and Christianity. It mostly looks at how to have happiness without clinging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. BUKOWSKI
Some very great insights!!!! This and "A New Earth" ( Eckhart Tolle) are a great pair of books to keep on the bed stand to insure a greater understanding of how we are in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marty A Elmore
The book arrived in perfect condition. This book is a treasure -- small enough to carry in a purse or briefcase -- a great go-to book throughout the day. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer