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Jesuit Priest Anthony de Mello Biography

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Anthony de Mello, a Jesuit Priest and Psychotherapist, is well known for his Writings and Spiritual Conferences. Born on 4th September 1931, in Bombay, India, Anthony de Mello traveled to many states and countries to study and pursue his career.

De Mello showed the way of authentic living through his stories and lectures. His spiritual insight and thorough understanding of humanity was well reflected in his teachings. This depth of understanding fetched him world wide recognition.

Anthony de Mello served as the director of Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling in Poona, India, until his demise on 2nd June 1987, in New York. Anthony de Mello was also a member of the Jesuit province of Bombay.

Anthony de Mello Beliefs

The meditation techniques taught by De Mello were a combination of Eastern religious thought, modern psychology and the spiritual exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. Anthony de Mello strongly believed that most of the people are asleep.

They need to be awakened and made to know what is inside and outside them. According to him, human beings should be well acquainted with their feelings, sensations, thoughts and, most importantly, their mind.

Anthony de Mello as an Orator
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Anthony de Mello organized numerous workshops, which were attended by thousands of people. They considered him as one of the best public speakers. Anthony de Mello spent most of his waking hours by talking about the almighty’s greatness.

Anthony de Mello engaged himself incounseling people. De Mello believed that all the vagaries should be set aside, to enjoy life to the fullest. De Mello conveyed this message to the masses through his workshops. Anthony de Mello wanted people to be alert about the pervasiveness of God.

Anthony de Mello as an Author

Anthony de Mello authored many books in his lifetime. The topics that he dealt with, in his books, included Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises and psychological insight about life.

Some of his most popular books include ‘Awareness’, ‘The Song of the Bird’, ‘Sadhana : A Way to God’, ‘Wellsprings’, ‘Walking on Water’, ‘The Way to Love’, ‘Contact with God’ and ‘Heart of the Enlightened’.

Some of his writings have been translated to Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Bengali and Thai.

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