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Sadhana: A Way to God

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Translated into more than 24 languages, de Mello's little masterpiece transposes the high art of Buddhist visualization to a Christian matrix.

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This classic text has been acclaimed as the best instructional book on prayer available in any language. In forty-seven exercises, de Mello teaches such things as the riches of silence, the prayer of the body, finding God in all things, awareness of the other, the joyful mysteries of one's life, the healing of hurtful memories, the thousand names of God, and the prayer of praise.

Anthony de Mello, a Catholic spiritual leader from India, worried that Christians in the West had lost sight of their rich, mystical tradition. He felt that much of the recent "turning to the East" in search of meditational techniques was a result of the loss. He taught a form of meditation that blends Eastern religious thought, modern psychology and the spiritual exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order.


Suspecting the Hindu Jesuit of harboring "alien" Eastern philosophies, the Vatican officially declared his writings harmful to the faith...

"Father de Mello demonstrates an appreciation for Jesus, of whom he declares himself to be a 'disciple.' But he considers Jesus as a master alongside others. The only difference from other men is that Jesus is 'awake' and fully free, while others are not. Jesus is not recognized as the Son of God, but simply as the one who teaches us that all people are children of God.

Consistent with what has been presented, one can understand how, according to the author, any belief or profession of faith whether in God or in Christ cannot but impede one's personal access to truth. The Church, making the word of God in Holy Scripture into an idol, has ended up banishing God from the temple. She has consequently lost the authority to teach in the name of Christ.

With the present Notification, in order to protect the good of the Christian faithful, this Congregation declares that the above-mentioned positions are incompatible with the Catholic faith and can cause grave harm."     ~Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith


"There are two parts of this exercise. The first deals with holy desires for others, the second with holy desires for yourself:

Place before God the desires you have for each one of the people you wish to pray for... See each one of them, in imagination, as having the things you desire for them... You need not make an explicit prayer for them. It is enough to expose God to your holy desires... and to see those desires fulfilled.

What you have done for individuals, do now for families and groups and communities... for nations, for the Chruch... Have the courage to overcome all defeatism and pessimism, and desire and hope for great things... and see these great things as actually fulfilled by the mighty power of God...

Now place before God the desires you have for yourself: expose him to all the great things you desire to do in his service... The fact that you will never actually do them, or that you feel incapable of doing them, is irrelevant... What is important is that you gladden the heart of God by showing him how immense your desires are even though your strength is very small... it is thus that lovers speak when they express their immensity of their desires which far outdistances their limited capacity..."

Author de Mello, Anthony
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 140 pp.
Publisher Image Books 1984
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