Monday, October 31, 2011

The book is nearing completion. It will soon be Cherry Blossom time!

When asked if he was never discouraged by the little fruit his efforts
seemed to yield, the Master told a story of a snail that started to climb a
cherry tree, one cold windy spring morning.
The sparrows on a neighbouring tree had a good laugh at his expense. Then one flew over and said, “Hey blockhead, don’t you know there are no cherries on that tree?”
The little fellow did not stop as he replied, “Well, there will be when I get there.”
One Minute Nonsense: Anthony deMello 1992 Loyola Press

Thursday, October 27, 2011

One day Mulla Nasruddin saw the village
schoolmaster leading a group of children towards the mosque.
“What are you taking them there for?” he asked.
“There is a drought in the land,” said the
teacher, “and we trust that the cries of the innocent will move the heart of
the Almighty.”
“It isn’t the cries, whether innocent or
criminal, that count,” said the Mulla, “but wisdom and awareness.”
“How dare you make such a blasphemous statement
in the presence of these children!” cried the teacher.
“Prove what you have said, or you shall be
denounced as a heretic.”
“Easy enough,” said Nasruddin. “If the prayers
of children counted for anything there wouldn’t be a school teacher in all the
land, for there is nothing they so detest as going to school. The reason you
have sur­vived those prayers is that we, who know better than the children,
have kept you where you are?”
Prayer of the Frog Vol. I. Anthony deMello SJ.
Publisher: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash. Anand, India.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Love's Forgiveness.
'Why do you keep talking about my past mistakes?' said the husband. 'I thought you had forgiven and forgotten.'
'I have forgiven and forgotten,' said the wife. 'But I want to make sure you don't forget that I have forgiven and forgotten.'
Song of the Bird. Anthony deMello. Publisher: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash. Anand. India.

Friday, October 21, 2011

More Wisdom from Children.

Mother: “Did you know that God was present when
you stole that cookie from the kitchen?”
“And he was looking at you all the time?”
“And what do you think he was saying to you?”
“He was saying. There’s no one here but the two
of us—take two.”
Prayer of the Frog. Vol. II. Anthony deMello SJ.
Publisher: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash. Anand, India.
I am so pleased to see this lovely message from my friend Cindy:

I look forward with relish to your book and
thank God for this lovely connection we share in your very special brother who is nearer and dearer to our hearts than our families in some ways. May you be blessed a hundredfold for sending this good work out into the world.
Blessing upon blessings,

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's how you ask that gets the results you want!

Learning from theWisdom of children.
My son had to drop off some papers to a business associate on his way home from work. Because it was school holidays, he had brought his
six year old daughter into work with him and had no choice but to take her with him. He gave Lili strict instructions Not to Ask for Anything while they were there, not anticipating he would be spending too much time at the venue.
They arrived, were invited in and the lady of the house promptly took my granddaughter into the kitchen with her, leaving the men to discuss business.
Moments later, Lily appeared with something in her hand, munching away at it with great delight. My son wondered whether she had indeed disobeyed his instructions but let the matter be and on their way home, did not think of asking her what had transpired.
Some days later, this business associate came over to a meeting at our office and he said, “You have a lovely granddaughter and she is
smart as well.” I told him I was well aware of this but asked him why he made that statement. Here’s what he said:
When she went into the kitchen with my wife, she was asked if she wanted anything and Lili said, “Well, I have been told not to ask for anything; but if You want to offer Me something, I won’t say NO!”

Wisdom from The Master.

Since I began writing this latest book, I take great comfort from my brother Tony's books. He may not be alive for me to have a cry on his shoulder, but he left me with precious words of Wisdom.
A young man squandered all his inherited wealth.
As generally happens in such cases, the moment he was penniless he found that he was friendless too.
At his wit’s end he sought the Master out and
said, “What is to become of me? I have no money and no friends.”
“Don’t worry, son, Mark my words: all will be well with you again.”
Hope shone in the young man’s eyes. “Will I be rich again?”
“No. You will get used to being penniless and lonely.”
One Minute Wisdom: Anthony deMello SJ.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

There are many reasons which prompted me to re-write that short biography and convert it into a book. One of my main reasons was to bring Tony's works to the attention of young people. This quote from one of my young correspondents( 22 years of age) urges me on:
I actually have 'Awareness' as a book which is basically the sound clips written down. I just wish there was more of Tony speaking and more of his work published as what he speaks of to me is so simple yet so hard to achieve but is something that we must strive to achieve in order to be truly free.I was originally quite a devout Hindu being raised in a Hindu household, however science, reason and rationality won the battle of my mind growing up as I slowly begun to believe that either Nietzsche was right and God is dead or he never existed at all. Tony has given me so much to ponder and absorb and I remember feeling so devastated when I found out he had died so abruptly and at such a young age. I had hoped to meet such an enlightened person if anything to thank him for what he had 'given' me through his words.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Almost eleven months ago, I decided it was time to re-write that short biography on my brother Tony. The book is nearing completion. Thanks to so many wonderful people who came forward willingly with so much information. Most of all, to Clifford DeSilva, without whose help, this would not have been possible.
More soon.
This is the start of something big!