Truly a one-of-a-kind, how-to-do-it book, this small volume responds to a very real hunger for self-awareness and holistic living. It consists of a series of spiritual exercises for entering the contemplative state, blending psychology, spiritual therapy, and practices of both Eastern and Western traditions.
Anthony de Mello, a Jesuit priest, is known throughout the world as one of the foremost spiritual guides. His is an unparalleled approach to inner peace that brings the whole person to prayer - body and soul, heart and mind, memory and imagination. In forty-seven exercises that teach such things as awareness of body sensations, stillness, healing of hurtful memories, and consciousness of self and world, de Mello succeeds in helping all of us who have ever experienced prayer as difficult, dull, or frustrating. The essential key, he notes, is to journey beyond mere thought-forms and discover satisfying new depths in prayer from the heart. This allows greater sense awareness amid silence and disposes the pray-er to untold riches, spiritual fulfillment, and ultimately, a mystical experience of God-centeredness. Drawing on Scripture, as well as insights from Eastern and Western spiritual masters, the author has a unique appeal that transcends time, culture, or religious persuasion.
SADHANA is already a bestseller in the English language and has been translated as well into some two dozen foreign languages. The Image Books edition will be eagerly received by a variety of readers and will introduce to a diverse audience a genuine spiritual leader who speaks to believers and nonbelievers alike.