Sadhana has ratings and 20 reviews. ♥ Ibrahim ♥ said: A Christian might see the word sadhana and back off and whisper, Goodness gracious, what do. Sadhana: A Way to God: Christian Exercises in Eastern Form. Price: $ Author: Anthony de Mello, S.J.. Binding: Paper. Publication Date: Pages. Roman Gospodar svijeta Roberta Hugha Bensona po mnogima je najproročanskije djelo u svjetskoj književnosti koje nam na vrlo precizan način dočarava.

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Such people were unaware of the great riches within the Christian tradition. This Jesuit author seeks to bring these riches back. I hear many spiritual directors confess helplessness when it comes to teaching people how to pray or, to put it more exactly, how to get satisfaction and fulfilment from prayer…… prayer is to be made less with the head than with the heart.

In fact, the sooner it gets away from the head and from thinking the more enjoyable and the more profitable it is likely to become. Most priests and religious equate prayer with thinking. That is their downfall. A Jesuit friend once told me that he approached a Hindu guru for initiation in the art of prayer. You are breathing God in and out. Become aware of that, and stay with that awareness.

Sadhana: A Way to God: Christian Exercises in Eastern Form

There is advice on how to be silent, what to do when such silence feels threatening, how to deal with distractions, how-to use breathing as a technique. Some find it helpful anthonj join a meditation group.


It becomes a discipline and there is advice on group work. Many are used to the rosary. It can become mechanical at times.

Sadhana: A Way to God: Christian Exercises in Eastern Form – Jesuit Sources

An ancient meditation is to imagine yourself at your own funeral; and to see your corpse decomposing. My favourite exercise, which I have often used when working with groups and teaching them the art sadhaha stilling: Body Sensations — Take up a posture that is comfortable and restful.

Be aware of the touch of your clothes on your shoulders. Now become aware of the touch of your clothes on your back, or of your back touching the back of the chair you are sitting on. Now be aware of the feel of your hands as they touch each other or rest on your lap.

Now become conscious of your thighs or your buttocks pressing against your chair. Now the feel of your feet touching your shoes.

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Now become explicitly aware of your sitting posture. Continue to go the round by yourself now, moving from one part of your body to the other. Do not dwell for more than a couple of seconds on each part, shoulders, back, thighs, etc.

Keep moving from anthohy to the other. The important thing is that you get the feel, the sensation of each part, that you feel it for sadhaja second or two and then move on to another part of the body.

There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had an old horse for tilling his fields. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Now was that good luck? Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise.


Sadhana by Anthony de Mello

And everything that seems good on the surface may really be an evil. So we are wise when we leave it to God to decide what is good luck and what bad, and thank szdhana that all things turn out for good with those who love him. Sin is behovely, but all shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well. You are commenting using your WordPress.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Lay Reader’s Book Reviews. Speak to him on his invisible chair. There is an example of an Ignatian exercise where you envisage yourself at the Pool of Bethesda. There is also an example of how to do lectio divina. After five minutes I shall ask you to open your eyes gently and end the exercise.

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