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TIDBITS OF ANTHONY DE MELLO

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solomon

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TIDBITS OF ANTHONY DE MELLO

Post by solomon on Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:15 am

SHORT WISDOM STORIES BY ANTHONY DE MELLO

AFFIRMATION

A woman in great distress over the death of her son came to the Master for comfort. He listened to her patiently while she poured out her tale of woe.

Then he said softly: "I can not wipe away your tears, my dear. I can only teach you how to make them holy".


MORSEL:
The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. -- Richard Bach

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AGGRESSION

A zealous disciple expressed a desire to teach others the Truth and asked the Master what he thought about this. The Master said, "Wait".

Each year the disciple would return with the same request and each time the Master would give him the same reply: "Wait".

One day he said to the Master, "When will I be ready to teach"?

Said the Master, "When your excessive eagerness to teach has left you".

MORSEL:
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. -- Oliver Goldsmith

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ARRIVAL


"Is the path to Enlightenment difficult or easy?'

"It is neither".

"Why not"?

"Because it isn't there".

"Then how does one travel to the goal"?

"One doesn't. This is a journey without distance.

Stop traveling and you arrive".

MORSEL:
In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.
-- Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

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ART

"Of what use is a Master"? someone asked.

Said the disciple, "To teach you what you have always known, to show you what you are always looking at".

When this confused the visitor, the disciple exclaimed:

"An artist, by his paintings, taught me to see the sunset. The Master, by his teachings, taught me to see the reality of every moment".


MORSEL:
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
-- Margaret Fuller

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AT-ONE-MENT

When a man whose marriage was in trouble sought his advice, the Master said, "You must learn to listen to your wife".

The man took this advice to heart and returned after a month to say that he had learned to listen to every word his wife was saying.

Said the Master with a smile, "Now go home and listen to every word she isn't saying".


MORSEL:
A pair of good ears will drink dry a hundred tongues.
-- Benjamin Franklin

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ATTACHMENT

One disciple said:
"I have no idea of what tomorrow will bring, so I wish to prepare for it".

The master answered:
"You fear tomorrow - not realizing that yesterday is just as dangerous".


MORSEL:
Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. -- Will Rogers

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to be continued....big grin:D
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Re: TIDBITS OF ANTHONY DE MELLO

Post by solomon on Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:53 am

continued:

AWARENESS

"Please tell me, is salvation obtained through action or through meditation"?

"Through neither. Salvation comes from seeing".

"Seeing what"?

"That the gold necklace you wish to acquire is hanging round your neck. That the snake you are so frightened of is only a rope on the ground".

MORSEL:
All That Is - is the result of what we have thought. -- Buddha

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BELIEF

The Master had quoted Aristotle: "In the quest of truth, it would seem better and indeed necessary to give up what is dearest to us". And he substituted
the word "God" for "truth".

Later a disciple said to him, "I am ready, in the quest for God, to give up anything: wealth, friends, family, country, life itself. What else can a person
give up"?

The Master calmly replied, "One's beliefs about God".

The disciple went away sad, for he clung to his convictions. He feared "ignorance" more than death.

MORSEL:
Your vision will become clearonly when you look into your heart ...
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. -- Carl Jung

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BLINDNESS

"May I become your disciple"?

"You are only a disciple because your eyes are closed. The day you open them you will see there is nothing you can learn from me or anyone".

"What then is a Master for"?

"To make you see the uselessness of having one".

MORSEL:
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. -- Marcel Proust

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BONDAGE

To a fearful religious visitor the Master said, "Why are you so anxious"?

"Lest I fail to attain Salvation".

"And what is Salvation"?

"Moksha. Liberation. Freedom".

The Master roared with laughter and said, "So you are forced to be free? You are bound to be liberated"?

At that minute the visitor relaxed and lost his fear forever.

MORSEL:
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. -- Kahlil Gibran

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CELEBRATION

An alcoholic said to the Master:

"What would spirituality give me"?

"Nonalcoholic intoxication", was the answer.


MORSEL:
Happiness is intrinsic, it's an internal thing. When you build it into yourself, no external circumstances can take it away. That kind of happiness is a twenty-four-hour thing. -- Leo F. Buscaglia

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CHANGE

The visiting historian was disposed to be argumentative. "Do not our efforts change the course of human history"? he demanded.

"Oh yes, they do", said the Master.

"And have not our human labors changed the earth"?

"They certainly have", said the Master.

"Then why do you teach that human effort is of little consequence"?

Said the Master, "Because when the wind subsides, the leaves still fall".

MORSEL:
While everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves and recreates....For I can see in the midst of death, life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

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