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Overview Offers brief meditations and stories which teach lessons about grace, faith, truth, individuality, holiness, spirituality, perception, and fate
"Every one of these stories is about YOU." --Anthony de Mello Everyone loves stories; and in this book the bestselling author of "Sadhana: A Way to God" shares 124 stories and parables from a variety of traditions both ancient and modern. Each story resonates with life lessons that can teach us inescapable truths about ourselves and our world. De Mello's international acclaim rests on his unique approach to contemplation and ability to heighten self-awareness and self-discovery. His is a holistic approach, and in the words of one reviewer: "his mysticism cuts across all times and peoples and is truly a universal invitation." "The Song of the Bird" uses the familiar yet enduring medium of the story to illustrate profound realities that bring us in touch with the problems and concerns of daily life, as well as with our common spiritual quest. The aim is to develop the art of "tasting" and "feeling" the message of each story to the point that we are transformed. "Let the story speak to your heart, not to your brain," the author directs. "This may make something of a mystic out of you." Enhanced by lovely ink drawings, this is indeed a volume to treasure, to share, and to read many times over, for it is everyone's best companion on the road to spiritual growth.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 21, 1984
ISBN 0385196156 ISBN13 9780385196154
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More About Anthony De Mello
Anthony de Mello, S.J., was the director of the Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling in Pune, India. A member of the Jesuit province of Bombay (Mumbai), he was known throughout the world for his writings and spiritual conferences. Although he died suddenly in 1987, through his many books, including Awareness, Sadhana, and The Song of the Bird, which have been translated into more than thirty- five languages, he leaves a rich legacy of spiritual teaching.
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Check your brain at the door Jan 27, 2008
This book was loaned to me with recommendations. The book totally disappointed me. I suppose if one approaches it with a heart of total openness and no discernment for what is true and consistent, it may be viewed positively. However, for the discerning and those who seek truth through evidence and reason, this book is a flop. Let me give specific criticisms:
-The author, Anthony de Mello, criticizes those that seek religion, spirituality, etc. in BOOKS such as the Bible or the Koran. Perhaps the same standard should be applied to his own BOOK.
-The author criticizes the study of WORDS. I wonder if he chose his own WORDS carefully as he wrote.
-The author criticizes thos who might dare to consider their own religion to be RIGHT. I wonder if he thinks his own path to enlightenment, truth, spirituality, etc. to be RIGHT, and if so, should we criticize him for it? If he's not right, why pay good money for his book?
-His anecdotes and parables, although sometimes interesting, can be totally misleading. For example, in the passage entitled "Good News" he offers a passage of something that Jesus said, but Jesus said no such thing, at least not according to any record we have. If de Mello wants to make stuff up, he should take credit for it himself and not ascribe it to someone else. I wonder if lying is part of his path to enlightenment.
-Where de Mello accurately quotes some of his stories, he picked only the ones that worked for his thesis. You won't get an accurate understanding of world religions from him.
-He picks out the worst elements of the followers of organized religions and criticizes those, while ignoring the good aspects. What a distortion of reality.
Special Aug 15, 2007
My mom gave me this book about 10 years ago. It's all tattered now but even more loveable. This book is for everyone, of all traditions, faiths, paths and walks of life. It's the kind of book that you come across while doing something else and when you open it a story speaks to you. This is a special book!
Fairly Inspiring Jul 24, 2007
Overall, I like the book, but I guess I was hoping for more inspirational parables and sayings. As a yoga instructor, I have used some of the parables as my participants lay in savasana. I have gotten good feedback from them.
Spiritual and Entertaining Apr 10, 2007
For those interested in opening their heart, this is a very good book which gets you to look at things with your heart and not your mind. For those just looking for a good and entertaining read, this is also very good.
This book has influenced much of my life Jan 28, 2007
I recieved this book from a Catholic priest in 1986, shortly after it was published. The Song of the Bird is simply a collection of one and two page stories, often told by masters of spiritual wisdom. I still refer to many of the stories and once a year or so reread some of them. I was in bible study 3 mornings ago and we were talking about how to pray. How silly it seems to have a mnemonic such as "ACTS" to pray. I recalled and related to the group the story of a priest who went to a tiny remote island in order to teach a couple of the solated monks there how to pray. He took them out in his boat and started by asking what they knew. They were deeply peaceful men. They recanted their version of the Lord's Prayer, full of misverbage and some nonsense. The priest chastized them and corrected their errors. They felt badly that they had been praying wrong, and walked on water, back to the shore, where they might practice how to pray correctly.