A Great Paradox

from Rediscovering Life by Anthony DeMello The Japanese have a powerful tale about a man running away from a tiger, who comes to a precipice. Unable to stop his momentum, he stumbles and goes over the edge, sliding down helplessly, until he slides into a bush and manages to grab hold of one of its branch . When he looks up through the bush, he sees the tiger waiting for him at the top. When…

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A Free Person

from A Way to God for Today by Anthony DeMello This a story about a free person.  It concerns a unwed girl in a Japanese fishing village who became pregnant and was beaten by her parents until the girl confessed who the father was. “It was the Zen master,” she said. “The one living in the temple outside the village.” The parents were indignant and so were all the villagers and they marched up to…

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Why People Are Unhappy

from A Way to God for Today by Anthony DeMello We human beings are surrounded by God and yet we are restless. Take a look at creation all around you everywhere, trees, birds, grass, animals. You know something? The whole of creation is shot through with joy. The whole of creation is happy. Oh, I know there is suffering, there is pain, there is growth, and decline and aging, and death. You find that in…

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Peace for Busy People

from A Way to God for Today by Anthony DeMello There is no formula for instant peace. You have to find the time for it. If you tell me you don’t have the time, I’ll compromise with you.  I recommend that you do something during the day. Let’s suppose you’re driving your car, get the feel of the steering wheel, get the feel of the seat of the car, get the feel of your feet touching…

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The Way to God

from A Way to God for Today by Anthony DeMello If you ever come to union with God, you must pass through silence. What is this silence? Let me explain it by means of a simple tale that we have in the east. There was this great king who goes to visit a spiritual master and he says to the master, “I’m a busy man could you tell me how I could be united with…

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If You Wish to See

If we really dropped illusions for what they can give us or deprive us of, we would be alert. The consequences of not doing this is terrifying and inescapable. We lose our capacity to love. If you wish to love, you must learn to see again. And if you wish to see, you must learn to give up your drug. It’s as simple as that. Give up your dependency. Tear away the tentacles of society…

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You Are Not Your Depression

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . The reason you suffer from your depression and your anxieties is that you identify with them. You say, “I’m depressed.” But that is false. You are not your depression. If you want to be accurate, you might say, “I am experiencing a depression right now.” But you can hardly say, “I am depressed.” That is but a strange kind of trick of the mind, a strange kind…

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Come Home to Yourself

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . Come home to yourself. Observe yourself. Self-observation is such a delightful and extraordinary thing. After a while you don’t have to make any effort, because, as illusions begin to crumble, you begin to know things that cannot be described. It’s called happiness. There’s the story of the disciple who went to the master and said, “Could you give me a word of wisdom? Could you tell me…

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To Be Happy You Don’t Have To Do Anything

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture. To acquire happiness you don’t have to do anything, because happiness cannot be acquired. Does anybody know why? Because we have it already. How can you acquire what you already have? Then why don’t you…

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Four Steps to Wisdom

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . The first thing you need to do is get in touch with negative feelings that you’re not even aware of. Lots of people are depressed and they’re not aware they are depressed. It’s only when they make contact with joy that they understand how depressed they were. So, the first thing you need is awareness of your negative feelings. What negative feelings? Gloominess, for instance. You’re feeling…

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