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Kindly and sagely de Mello often used stories which offered unexpected solutions to paradoxical situations we might be able to relate with. Each of these solutions recapitulated e essential intuition that apparently sprung spring from his direct awareness of non-relative Truth.

As far as I canot, this intuition was integrated into his whole being exulting joy, care and an unassuming attentive sympathy towards those that approached him. In his foundational years, Father de Mello originally learned with great discipline the spiritual practices of Ignatius of Loyola founder of the Jesuit Order and gradually became a master teacher in spiritual retreats which incorporating yoga, vipassana meditation and other oriental and multicultural spiritual practices.

He was a man of much charisma and, after reaching beyond the confines of the Jesuit centers in Bombay, gradually became well dee throughout the world. Through books, lectures and retreats and by taking at heart the humanitarian outreach recommendations of the Vatican II Pjaaro, Father de Mello showed the way for a possible renovation of Catholic ministry and for offering a deeper kind of understanding to individuals of all faiths or of no particular faith at all.

He expressed as a genuine brother to all and came to understand that the genuine Catholic Church encompasses all people: This, in turn, prompted a reaction dfl liberal sections of the U. Roman Catholic Church and in the Mid Asian synod.

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I believe that Father Anthony de Mello, SJ also stands next to other important pioneers behind the emerging fertile integration connecting East and West wisdom traditions. I think that his works also stand in line in their own subtle and profound ways with an emerging Integral Catholicism contributed by Catholic creatives such as Trappist monk Thomas Merton, Fr.

Out with prejudiced rigidity; in with embrace through an integrally expressed love! Perhaps a pre-established 2 nd Tier sensibility would be required to seek them out without being prompted by the advertising given to other more popular and somewhat similar, spiritually-inspiring authors. I recommend you to visit http: Anthony de Mello was born on September 4, in an Indian family that was seriously steeped in the Catholic tradition.

His family consisted of mother, father, an older and a younger sister and a younger brother. He was born at the outskirts of Bombay and his parents Frank and Louisa were natives of a Portuguese territory called Goa. Interestingly, the opposite could be said of Bill who showed no particular interest in religiosity, spirituality or academic achievement and, rather, excelled in physical prowess.

During his last year in high school, Anthony attended a career counseling course and re-announced his resolution at home. As his mother rightfully feared that he would not be able to visit home for long periods, she asked him to join a secular order and he would have sadly agreed if she had remained firm about it but she understood that he would have been very unhappy.

Anthony quickly blossomed in his new life, studying abroad and becoming rector of the seminary between and Then, in he founded the still operating Sadhana Institute to assist many more people of various persuasions by conducting spiritual retreats. According to his friend, Fr. He directed his attention to each person in a differently appropriate manner and, thus, everyone was able to understand him.

He possessed unlimited generosity and this probably led to his early demise. He is best remembered in South Asian Catholic circles as a spiritual mentor to countless persons of scores of nationalities and languages especially those who had embraced religious life and the priesthood. However, he mastered Spanish and was fluent also in-believe it or not-Ciceronian Latin.

Tony also knew Marathi, French, and other languages. This may in part account for his popularity as a teacher of healing and of spiritual insight in English and Spanish-speaking parts of the world among Christians, non-Christians, and no-religionists as well.


Sadhana One and Sadhana Two. Having made my preliminary explorations into Hindu religion and spirituality, I approached him with my questions about Christology. The Tony of Sadhana One provided me with a set of answers that were most unsatisfactory. I told him so. His Catholic Christian conditioning was blocking his spiritual progress, if I may presume to say so. After seriously practicing vipassana and thus exposing himself to Buddhist spirituality, Tony dared to confront the theology which he had learnt in theological school with, what now seemed to me to be the vital existential questions of our time: What is our human situation?

What are the various religious responses to the human predicament? Is the response of Jesus Christ to the human predicament substantially different than the responses of Krishna, the Buddha, Moses? Why should I as a catholic care about such differences? And finally, from the point of view of ultimate reality, do the similarities and differences between the various religious paths matter at all? In a nutshell, what is spirituality? Spirituality is that which succeeds in bringing a person to inner transformation.

A blanket is no longer a blanket if it fails to keep you warm. So spirituality does change? So what was spirituality once is spirituality no more. What generally goes under the name of spirituality is merely the record of past methods. This I surmise from my conversations with Mr. Do you know what year that may have happened? Calveras was a world famous authority in conducting the Spiritual Exercises of St. After that, de Mello himself was much sought after for his skill as a retreat master.

He conducted 30 days retreats but he also conducted weeklong retreats. Because here Tony dares to come up with bold statements that only mystics can utter so brazenly. The Christian is hidden, but absolutely there. Tony has begun to point out that theological formulas, including theological and spiritual ones are no more or less than formulas, intellectual concepts, fabrications of the human brain that cannot but think in terms of binaries. He very easily charmed and convinced his audience to radically sacrifice their earthly possessions to favor the poor.

He magnetically drew his admirers to commit themselves to the making and conducting of day Ignatian exercises. Tony strongly encouraged his audience to become practitioners of vipassana and to go study this form of Buddhist meditation under Burmese master Goenka.

In his earlier years Tony had delved deeply into Ignacian spirituality which he mastered in Spanish under the guidance of Father Calveras, SJ. Later on, Tony had been gripped by the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. Tony had also come for a while under the spell of Bertrand Russell. In my estimate this was when the Tony of Sadhana Two reached the zenith of his achievement as an East-West healer-and-guru.

Anthony de Mello lived in a multicultural environment which was predominantly Christian and Hindu. According to testimony, he demonstrated a high level of UL cognitive intelligence in catno and also a high level of LL interpersonal skills. Thus, at least two of his lines of development probably scored high. Apparently his UR physical constitution was normal although not particularly athletic. His mother must have been around 27 years of age when he was born, a likely ideal age to give birth to an intelligent, healthy child when his brother Bill was born she was forty, probably having something to do with a less integrated brain structure and a lack of interest for academic learning.

We could say that Anthony was born with a great potential in his spiritual line of development and that life would likely lead him to a natural expression of a level that may have been present in previous lifetimes. We cannot know for certain but, after the birth of his brother Bill, both of them may have strengthened their opposite psychological characters Anthony responsible and ruly and Bill less responsible and unruly in order to differentiate from each other.

Maybe as Bill de Mello lets us know economic security was an issue that kept everyone alert. Anthony would have also known what it is like to be part anthoby a minority because his family had moved from a Portuguese colony to Bombay which was predominantly populated by Ep.


The need to speak different languages at least Hindu, English and Portuguese was also apparent.

A healthy brain, an ethical family proselytizing strong spiritual traditions within a well-established culture, a social need to be flexible and multicultural and a nearby adequate —and likely- open-minded school Jesuits are known for fostering intellectual freedom that offered rigorous academic training. His lifetime would have been a recapitulation as well as a new phase.

He probably naturally experienced a persistent state of heartfelt openness an indigo sensibility which called for being filled in by information from a Second Tier perspective. To me, pharo incessant curiosity and continuous development in perspectives shows that perspectives themselves gradually caught up with his basic inborn altitude. At the znthony of his death most of his being lines of development may have been well into an indigo Second Tier as his ability to find truth in the resolution of paradoxes, his having emptied himself as a vessel for the service of God or Spirit ve of others attests.

I think that his non-dual altitude was accompanied by an Integral, all-around intuitive perspective which, nonetheless, still held a Green altitude theoretical level in some aspects like psychology. However, he probably shouted to his sister at an early age. This can be appreciated dep his book Sadhana which became a classic of contemplative prayer and in all of his published works. Later on, he advices the practitioner to feel God in the air, the sounds, the world of the senses, the sensations of touch, to surrender to God.

Here he seems to be giving priority to method over definition as he had probably come to see that specific definitions of spirituality evolve over time or are not universally applicable to people from every cultural background. In this way, without apparently having developed an explicit complex theory or Meta theory, Anthony de Mello seems to have demonstrated an intuitive or perhaps, incipient conceptual post postmodern understanding about spirituality due to his own profound familiarity with it.

I would also say that this intimate familiarity could have stemmed from his lifelong search for radical openness and authenticity, a required feature for spiritual advancement according to Chogyam Trungpa.

Perhaps they include yoga asanas. Thus, his UL practices were probably quite skillfully developed.

Anthony De Mello

We are told that Anthony was a good listener and that he listened to each different person differently, so I suspect that he also intuitively had a regular LL hermeneutical practice that included effective means or translation. In terms of practical worldly relations his activities as communicator, as spiritual director and founder of Sadhana Institute and, previously, of the Jesuit seminary in Bombay d have kept him busy with practical business and inter institutional duties.

What we know is mwllo he had become proficient in Ignatian practices early in his career, so much so that he seems to have had one or more transformative mystical experiences. The superiors of the Society of Jesus defended themselves and their spiritual-religious, Mid-Asian ways.

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Anthony de Mello is an example of an enlightened man who offered his life to serve Spirit and mankind in the milieu available to him. He might have been born with the propensity. He edl have been chosen. However, a spiritual experienced did hold a transformative sway in his life.

His life will serve as an example for many of us today trying to ignite an integral civilization. It will serve future efforts aimed at recreating the relationship between man, religion and spirituality in an integral way. DeMello, Bill circa Tony deMello, SJ —a short biography. This biography is an extremely helpful personal account on details of the life and character of Anthony de Mello. It was written by his unruly and agnostic brother Bill who considered Anthony pjaor example to emulate, first from a sense of guilt and, later, from a sense of love.