Want to wake up to the reality of joy surrounding you?
Tony De Mello challenges us to come to terms with the false belief that we cannot be happy without the things that we are so attached to, and in the process opens our eyes to the truth that there is not a single moment in our life when we do not have everything that we need to be happy. Think about that for a minute. The only reason we are ever unhappy is when we are focusing on what we do not have rather than on what we have right now.
Anthony “Tony” De Mello was a Jesuit priest born in Bombay, India in 1931. He is widely known for integrating western and eastern spirituality and his work continues to have impact beyond his untimely death in 1987. He is the author of the bestselling masterpieces Awareness and The Way to Love have been translated into 21 languages and have sold more than 2 million worldwide, and he has been a major influence on some of our era’s greatest spiritual teachers, including Eckhart Tolle, Rhonda Byrne, Adyashanti, Thomas Moore, and Paulo Coelho
De Mello’s Own Story of Awakening
Through his books that continue to be bestsellers (more two million sold worldwide) and an extensive collection of recorded lectures, Tony tells us, “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. To come to this understanding requires complete freedom from all desire to change what you are into something else.
However, Tony tells us, change will not be brought about by your cunning, restless ego that is forever competing, comparing, coercing, sermonizing, manipulating in its intolerance and its ambitions, thereby creating tension and conflict and resistance and separation between you and Nature, you and other people, you and yourself, you and God. It is an exhausting, self-defeating process like driving with your brakes on. The transforming light of awareness brushes aside your scheming, self-seeking ego to give nature full rein to bring about the kind of change that she produces in the rose: artless, graceful, unself-conscious, wholesome, untainted by inner conflict.
In order to be genuinely happy there is one and only one thing you need to do: get deprogrammed, get rid of those attachments.