Sadhana, a Way to God: Christian Exercises in Eastern Formby Anthony de Mello, Thomas Moore (Foreword by)
Father Anthony de Mello addresses the average person for whom contemplation may be an unfamiliar experience, drawing on the teaching of mystics of the past and also acknowledging the contribution that Eastern religions can make.
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This book is an outstanding example of tolerance and proof that truth is one, however the wise call it by many names. Anthony De Mello is an exceptional man and in this book he shares with us the basics on how to get started in a REAL relationship with God. De Mello teaches how to take the prayer from our heads to our hearts in these pages, which is where it should come from in the first place. Unfortuneately we have been conditioned so long to pray superficially and with no sense of focus. Contemplation and meditation are instrumental tools in a successful relationship with God. These tools are taught to us in this book by De Mello who conveys care, confidence and understanding in each page. De Mello guides us through this path using his own personal experiences, making these methods tangible and very real. Any Christian that claims this book is misleading has been misled themselves. Dogma and conventional church law are not the objective in this book, expanding your personal relationship with God is. This is a book for an open heart...not a closed mind.
One need only read a few pages of Tony to be immersed into a new world of spirituality. Rather, this world is not new this world is the world of the ancient mystics and adogmatists. These faithful heretics experienced god beyond labels: beyond the everyday, divisive labels to which we cling stubbornly. To say that Tony wasn't Christian is not unlike saying he wasn't human. He experienced god, jesus, and life in that venerable tradition of Meister Eckhart, Rumi, Buddha, and Jesus. Beyond labels is scary and it is no wonder that the above reviewer reacts so harshly. Dogma, orthodoxy, and labels are comfortable there is no need to think, fear, or struggle when you have labels. They function as something to which one may grasp to upright one's self in times of turmoil. However, the moment one lets go and experiences awareness, true awareness, the former self dies and out of the fire and ashes of lost security comes a refreshed phoenix-like sense of life's depth, breadth, and beauty.
this is not a Christian book. it says it is but isnt. He blends other religions with supposed Christianity. You cant have both. you either sit on one side of the fence or the other.