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In keeping with his doctrine that nothing be taken too seriously, not even his own teachings, the Master loved to tell this story on himself: "My very first disciple was so weak that the exercises killed him. My second disciple drove himself crazy from his earnest practice of the exercises I gave him. My third disciple dulled his intellect through too much contemplation. But the fourth managed to keep his sanity."
"Why was that?" someone would invariably ask.
"Possibly because he was the only one who refused to do the exercises." The Master's words would be drowned in howls of laughter.

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One Minute Wisdom

Lightheartedness

In keeping with his doctrine that nothing be taken too seriously, not even his own teachings, the Master loved to tell this story on himself: "My very first disciple was so weak that the exercises killed him. My second disciple drove himself crazy from his earnest practice of the exercises I gave him. My third disciple dulled his intellect through too much contemplation. But the fourth managed to keep his sanity."
"Why was that?" someone would invariably ask.
"Possibly because he was the only one who refused to do the exercises." The Master's words would be drowned in howls of laughter.

Homepage Article Main Image

One Minute Wisdom

Lightheartedness

In keeping with his doctrine that nothing be taken too seriously, not even his own teachings, the Master loved to tell this story on himself: "My very first disciple was so weak that the exercises killed him. My second disciple drove himself crazy from his earnest practice of the exercises I gave him. My third disciple dulled his intellect through too much contemplation. But the fourth managed to keep his sanity."
"Why was that?" someone would invariably ask.
"Possibly because he was the only one who refused to do the exercises." The Master's words would be drowned in howls of laughter.

Homepage Article Main Image

One Minute Wisdom

Lightheartedness

In keeping with his doctrine that nothing be taken too seriously, not even his own teachings, the Master loved to tell this story on himself: "My very first disciple was so weak that the exercises killed him. My second disciple drove himself crazy from his earnest practice of the exercises I gave him. My third disciple dulled his intellect through too much contemplation. But the fourth managed to keep his sanity."
"Why was that?" someone would invariably ask.
"Possibly because he was the only one who refused to do the exercises." The Master's words would be drowned in howls of laughter.

Homepage Article Main Image

One Minute Wisdom

Lightheartedness

In keeping with his doctrine that nothing be taken too seriously, not even his own teachings, the Master loved to tell this story on himself: "My very first disciple was so weak that the exercises killed him. My second disciple drove himself crazy from his earnest practice of the exercises I gave him. My third disciple dulled his intellect through too much contemplation. But the fourth managed to keep his sanity."
"Why was that?" someone would invariably ask.
"Possibly because he was the only one who refused to do the exercises." The Master's words would be drowned in howls of laughter.

Homepage Article Main Image

One Minute Wisdom

Lightheartedness

In keeping with his doctrine that nothing be taken too seriously, not even his own teachings, the Master loved to tell this story on himself: "My very first disciple was so weak that the exercises killed him. My second disciple drove himself crazy from his earnest practice of the exercises I gave him. My third disciple dulled his intellect through too much contemplation. But the fourth managed to keep his sanity."
"Why was that?" someone would invariably ask.
"Possibly because he was the only one who refused to do the exercises." The Master's words would be drowned in howls of laughter.

Homepage Article Main Image

One Minute Wisdom

Lightheartedness

In keeping with his doctrine that nothing be taken too seriously, not even his own teachings, the Master loved to tell this story on himself: "My very first disciple was so weak that the exercises killed him. My second disciple drove himself crazy from his earnest practice of the exercises I gave him. My third disciple dulled his intellect through too much contemplation. But the fourth managed to keep his sanity."
"Why was that?" someone would invariably ask.
"Possibly because he was the only one who refused to do the exercises." The Master's words would be drowned in howls of laughter.

Homepage Article Main Image

One Minute Wisdom

Lightheartedness

In keeping with his doctrine that nothing be taken too seriously, not even his own teachings, the Master loved to tell this story on himself: "My very first disciple was so weak that the exercises killed him. My second disciple drove himself crazy from his earnest practice of the exercises I gave him. My third disciple dulled his intellect through too much contemplation. But the fourth managed to keep his sanity."
"Why was that?" someone would invariably ask.
"Possibly because he was the only one who refused to do the exercises." The Master's words would be drowned in howls of laughter.

"Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self." Anthony de Mello

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Until his sudden death on June 2, 1987, Fr. Tony de Mello was the director
of the Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling near Poona, India.
Author of five best selling books, renowned worldwide for his
workshops, retreats, and prayer courses, he aimed simply to teach people
how to pray, how towake up and live.

Most people, he maintained, are asleep. They need to wake up,
open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves.
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