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Энтони де Мелло

Дата рождения: 3. Сентябрь 1931
Дата смерти: 2. Июнь 1987

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Энтони Де Мелло — католический священник, писатель, монах-иезуит, психотерапевт, мистик.

Его книги о духовности стали широко известными, во многом благодаря тому что его работы являются простыми, легко доступными для любого читателя. В своих книгах синтезировал притчи восточных народов, учения христианства, буддизма, индуизма, а также анекдоты, рассказы о Ходже Насреддине и прочее. Его духовные мысли были несколько спорными для догмы католицизма, главным образом потому, что многие из них родились под влиянием восточных мировоззрений, преимущественно буддизма. Несмотря на неприятие многих христианских теологов, его работы стали популярными в том числе, и даже прежде всего, среди христиан, особенно среди заинтересованных в изучении духовности Святого Игнатия , поклонником Духовных Упражнений которого был Де Мелло.

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Цитаты Энтони де Мелло

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„The Master in these tales is not a single person. He is a Hindu Guru, a Zen Roshi, a Taoist Sage, a Jewish Rabbi, a Christian Monk, a Sufi Mystic. He is Lao-tzu and Socrates; Buddha and Jesus; Zarathustra and Mohammed.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: The Master in these tales is not a single person. He is a Hindu Guru, a Zen Roshi, a Taoist Sage, a Jewish Rabbi, a Christian Monk, a Sufi Mystic. He is Lao-tzu and Socrates; Buddha and Jesus; Zarathustra and Mohammed. His teaching is found in the seventh century B. C. and the twentieth century A. D. His wisdom belongs to East and West alike. Do his historical antecedents really matter? History, after all, is the record of appearances, not Reality; of doctrines, not of Silence. Introduction

„When we don't accept or follow, but question, investigate, penetrate, there is an insight out of which comes creativity, joy.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: It is the desire for "the more" that prevents clear thinking, whereas if we are discontent, not because we want something, but without knowing what we want; if we are dissatisfied with our jobs, with making money, with seeking position and power, with tradition, with what we have and with what we might have; if we are dissatisfied, not with anything in particular but with everything, then I think we shall find that our discontent brings clarity. When we don't accept or follow, but question, investigate, penetrate, there is an insight out of which comes creativity, joy.

„People with golden hearts would make capitalism or communism or socialism work beautifully.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: A Jesuit once wrote a note to Father Arrupe, his superior general, asking him about the relative value of communism, socialism and capitalism. Father Arrupe gave him a lovely reply. He said, "A system is about as good or as bad as the people who use it." People with golden hearts would make capitalism or communism or socialism work beautifully. "The Death of Me", p. 151

„There are no words for it. The important thing is to drop the labels.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: The important thing is not to know who "I" is or what "I" is. You'll never succeed. There are no words for it. The important thing is to drop the labels. "Labels", p. 73

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„Are you prepared to be ridiculed, ignored and starving till you are forty-five?“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: "I wish to become a teacher of the Truth." "Are you prepared to be ridiculed, ignored and starving till you are forty-five?" "I am. But tell me: What will happen after I am forty-five?" "You will have grown accustomed to it." Wellsprings : A Book of Spiritual Exercises (1985), p. 19

„An unremitting readiness to admit you may be wrong“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: To a visitor who described himself as a seeker after Truth the Master said, "If what you seek is Truth, there is one thing you must have above all else." "I know. An overwhelming passion for it." "No. An unremitting readiness to admit you may be wrong." Humility

„The Master persistently warned against the attempt to encompass Reality in a concept or a name.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: The Master persistently warned against the attempt to encompass Reality in a concept or a name. A scholar in mysticism once asked, "When you speak of BEING, sir, is it eternal, transcendent being you speak of, or transient, contingent being?" The Master closed his eyes in thought. Then he opened them, put on his most disarming expression, and said, "Yes!" p. 131

„The harder you try to change yourself the worse it gets. You are called upon to be aware.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: Before enlightenment, I used to be depressed; after enlightenment, I continue to be depressed. You don't make a goal out of relaxation and sensitivity. Have you ever heard of people who get tense trying to relax? If one is tense, one simply observes one's tension. You will never understand yourself if you seek to change yourself. The harder you try to change yourself the worse it gets. You are called upon to be aware. "Hidden Agenda" p. 145

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„For the same reason that no one can help the fish to find the ocean.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: "Help us to find God." "No one can help you there." "Why not?" "For the same reason that no one can help the fish to find the ocean." Discovery

„Suffering is a sign that you're out of touch with the truth.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: Suffering is a sign that you're out of touch with the truth. Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth, that you might understand that there's falsehood somewhere, just as physical pain is given to you so you will understand that there is disease or illness somewhere. Suffering points out that there is falsehood somewhere. Suffering occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality when your falsehoods clash with the truth, then you have suffering. Otherwise there is no suffering. "Obstacles to Happiness", p. 74

„The butterfly in a caterpillar: the eagle in an egg; the saint in a selfish human being.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: A writer arrived at the monastery to write a book about the Master. "People say you are a genius. Are you?" he asked. "You might say so." said the Master, none too modestly. "And what makes one a genius?" "The ability to recognize." "Recognize what?" "The butterfly in a caterpillar: the eagle in an egg; the saint in a selfish human being." Genius

„The atheist makes the mistake of denying that of which nothing may be said... and the theist makes the mistake of affirming it.“

—  Anthony de Mello
Context: "Tell me," said the atheist, "Is there a God — really?" Said the master, "If you want me to be perfectly honest with you, I will not answer." Later the disciples demanded to know why he had not answered. "Because the question is unanswerable," said the Master. "So you are an atheist?" "Certainly not. The atheist makes the mistake of denying that of which nothing may be said... and the theist makes the mistake of affirming it. p. 21

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