Let me explain what we do. As part of our ministry we send out daily meditations. The most fun and amusing of all of our meditations are drawn from the writings of a Jesuit Priest named Anthony de Mello, SJ. from his book One Minute Wisdom. Each spiritual anecdote is a conversation between the Master and his disciples.
De Mello explains that: “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 one. You will probably find the Master’s language baffling, exasperating, even downright meaningless.”
As De Mello says of his work: “This, alas, is not an easy book! It was written not to instruct but to Awaken. Concealed within 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 that lurks within . . . 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.”
HE THEN CAUTIONS: “Take the tales in tiny doses one or two at a time. An overdose will lower their potency.”
So that is what we do. Each evening we send one little dialogue for you to meditate on, chuckle, and carry with you through the day.
So welcome aboard . . . and enjoy . . . and may it all contribute to your spiritual growth.
Scott Reeves, Trusted Servant
THE SPIRITUS MINISTRY of
The Recovery Foundation
Little Rock, Arkansas