How much do I want to read more? 7/10
I love the way Anthony de Mello "teach" his wisdom, and makes his best to awaken us.
One gentle touch after another. He knows it needs to comes from withing, and it's beyond words.
He doesn't want to mislead us, so he's talking about it without talking about it.
Is there such a thing as One Minute Wisdom? +
There certainly is, said the Master +
But surely one minute is too brief? +
It is fifty-nine seconds too long.
To his puzzled disciples the Master later said, "How much time does it take to catch sight of the moon?"
Then why all these years of spiritual endeavor?
Opening one's eyes may take a lifetime. +
Seeing is done in a flash.
The Master in these tales is not a single person. He is a Hindu Guru, a Zen Roshi, a Taoist Sage, a Jewish Rabbi, a Christian Monk, a Sufi Mystic.
He is Lao-tzu and Socrates. Buddha and Jesus, Zarathustra and Mohammed.
His teaching is found in the seventh century B.C. and the twentieth century A/D/
His wisdom belongs to East and West alike.
Do his historical antecedents really matter? History, after all, is the record of appearances, not Reality; of doctrines, not of Silence.
It will only take a minute to read each of the anecdotes that follow.
You will probably find the Master's language baffling, exasperating, even downright meaningless.
This, alas, is not an easy book! It was written not to instruct but to Awaken.
Concealed withing its pages (not in the printed words, not even in the tales, but in its spirit, its mood, its atmosphere) is a Wisdom which cannot be conveyed in human speech. As you read the printed page and struggle with the Master's cryptic language, it is possible that you will unwittingly chance upon the Silent Teaching tat lurks within the book, and be Awakened - and transformed.
This is what Wisdom means: to be changed without the slightest effort on your part, to be transformed, believe it or not, merely by waking to the reality that is not words, that lies beyond the reach of words.
If you are fortunate enough to be awakened thus, you will know why the finest language is the one that is not spoken, the finest action is the one that is not done and the finest change is the one that is not willed.
Caution: Take the tales in tiny doses - one or two at a time. An overdose will lower their potency.
A man traversed land and sea to check for himself the Master's extraordinary fame.
"What miracles has your Master worked?" He said to a disciple.
"Well, there are miracles and miracles. +
In you land it is regarded as a miracle if God does someone's will. +
In our country it is regarded as a miracle if someone does the will of God."
To a disciple who was always at his prayers the Master said, "When will you stop learning on God and stand on your own two feet?"
The disciple was astonished. "But you are the one who taught us to look on God as Father!"
"When will you learn that a father isn't someone you can lean on but someone who rids you of your tendency to lean?"
"How shall I experience my oneness with creation?"
"By listening" said the Master
"And how am I to listen?"
"Become an ear that gives heed to every single thing the universe is saying.
The moment you hear something you yourself are saying, stop."
The Master kept scraping a brick against the floor of the room where his disciple sat in meditation.
At first the disciple was content, taking this to be a test of his powers of concentration. But when the sound became unbearable he burst out, "What on earth are you doing? Can't you see I am in meditation?"
"I am polishing this brick to make a mirror out of it." said the Master.
"You're crazy! How can you make a mirror out of a brick?"
"No crazier than you! How can you make a meditator out of the self?"