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Anthony Demello

Post by Vpopov81 » Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:25 am

I beleive he was an indian Christian Mystic you can check out his site here.

http://www.demello.org/

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Post by Vpopov81 » Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:51 pm

Eckhart Tolle has changed his reccomended reading list on http://www.eckharttolle.com and one of anthony demellos book is there and you can preview it on amazon. Its called "Awareness" here is the link enjoy.


http://www.amazon.com/Awareness-Anthony ... 043&sr=8-1

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Post by JD » Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:33 pm

As with ET, I think you really need to hear this seminar to fully appreciate it.

I have Awareness in book and PDF format, but I never really appreciated it until I got the ten hour audiobook of the seminar.

De Mello is a most engaging and charismatic speaker.

A student of that other great 20th Century Christian mystic known as "Daskalos" (Greek for "teacher"):

http://tinyurl.com/2nag7c

told me that after reading ADM's Sadhana, he remarked: "I like this man!".

It wasn't an accolade that he often bestowed on contemporary writers.

In fact, Sadhana, is a great spiritual classic if you don't mind your mysticism with a Christian flavour.

Few writers have written about inner prayer and contemplation with greater lucidity and understanding.

De Mello was primarily a retreat leader for Catholics, although (and this is much to his credit), the Vatican's website still contains a "Notofication" basically declaring him an heretic:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congr ... lo_en.html

Such was the fate of most Catholic mystics. :D

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Post by Vpopov81 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:19 am

what sux is the one who named them all as heretics ins now the pope.

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Post by suraj » Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:54 pm

it's amazing that I just heard the name of the guy for the first time in this forum and saw 2 of his books in a bookstore today itself. :).
I bought "Awareness" for my reading.
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Post by erict » Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:21 pm

I've listened to some of his seminars and they are pretty great! Definitely worth checking out.
"Be sincere; don't ask questions out of mere interest. Ask dangerous questions—the ones whose answers could change your life."

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Post by Seancho » Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:20 am

Wow. Just wow.

Thanks to you guys, Ive been listening to the de Mello seminar recording for the last 3 days. Amazing. What a voice of sanity. And funny! Its really too perfect.

On the recording you hear a pleasant , energetic Jesuit priest speaking in front of a large Catholic audience. With little fuss, he cheerfully begins explaining to them through stories, jokes and excercises exactly how phony, mechanical, deluded and completely selfish they are. How meaningless their lives, how false and foolish their ideas about God, love, family and country. The antidote? Awareness, awareness awareness. Wake up! These themes continue on for several hours.

Man, this isnt a seminar, its more like a spiritual atom bomb! With a smiley face painted on it! I can easily understand why the Church tried to silence the guy. Whose going to listen to them after hearing this?

How a man can keep a profoundly illusion-shattering conversation like this warm, light-hearted and funny is beyond me...a testament to his utter sincerity and wisdom. It's really something.

The connection speaker-to-audience is palpable, not unlike an ET recording. But with a bit more attitude, perhaps. ET is stillness, de Mello confronts.

This stuff is potentially life-changing.

Order the official version here:

http://www.demello.org/audios.html

there are also 'unofficial' versions floating around on the internet if you look around. Admins dont want me posting links to copyrighted material, but its not hard to find if you seach the bittorrent sites....

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Post by JD » Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:05 pm

Seancho wrote:Man, this isnt a seminar, its more like a spiritual atom bomb!
That sums it up very nicely. :)
I can easily understand why the Church tried to silence the guy. Whose going to listen to them after hearing this?
Yes. Any seminar that begins:
Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up.

They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.

You know, all mystics - Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion - are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well.

Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare.
has just got to be bad news for organised religion. :D

Another thing Anthony de Mello shares with ET is the extraordinary density of his insights. Almost every sentence contains a revelation that rewards in-depth contemplation. This is extraordinarily rare.

99% of most "spiritual teachers'" audiobooks is padding - banal commonplaces dressed up as profound wisdom.

There's no padding in AdM - just quick-fire, penetrating aphorisms that cut right through all the BS of social conditioning.

Truly, Awareness is a great example of condensed wisdom that everyone should hear.

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Post by Seancho » Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:22 am

JD wrote: Another thing Anthony de Mello shares with ET is the extraordinary density of his insights. Almost every sentence contains a revelation that rewards in-depth contemplation. This is extraordinarily rare.
Yeah JD, thats it. And all of it is right off the top of his head. Just riffing. Innocent and fearless. You can tell how much fun he is having. When you pay attention, you can feel the place he's coming from. and its a good place.

Its really infectious! :D I havent felt the same since I started listening.
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Post by mikel » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:18 pm

here's a link to 3 of anthony's videos on google... :)

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=A ... a=N&tab=wv

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Post by JD » Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:05 pm

mikel wrote:here's a link to 3 of anthony's videos on google... :)
Thanks, mikel, what a great find!

I heard he never allowed himself to be filmed so I didn't even bother searching for videos. :)

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Post by Webwanderer » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:48 pm

Yes mikel, thanks for the link. I've been wanting to see De mello on video.

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Post by Seancho » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:34 am

What a subversive, that de Mello! Extraterrestrial agent provocateur disguised as a humble Jesuit. :)

Those poor people. They think they are getting advice on how to pray from a cheerful pious priest. Instead, they get their whole lives pulled out from under them. And hes so nice about it.

Its even better on video. The reaction shots are priceless. :)

This appears to be one of the videos for sale on demello.org:

http://demello.org/videos.html
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Post by ninjin » Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:59 pm

Very intersting and no bullshit talking such as alot of other teachers.

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Post by Seancho » Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:22 am

WooHoo! tons more de Mello on Google Video!

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=anthony+de+mello
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