Anthony De Mello, a Jesuit priest, gained recognition for his spiritual conferences and writings. Read this biography to know about his life.

Quick Facts
Famous as
Authored books related to spirituality, lectures and spiritual conferences
Born on
04 September 1931 AD
Died At Age
Sun Sign
Virgo    Virgo Men
Born in
Died on
02 June 1987 AD
place of death
New York City

Anthony de Mello, a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist, is well known for his writings and spiritual conferences. Born on 4th September 1931, in Bombay, India, he traveled to many states and countries to study and pursue his career. De Mello showed the way of authentic living through his stories and lectures. His spiritual insight and thorough understanding of humanity was well reflected in his teachings. This depth of understanding fetched him world wide recognition. Anthony de Mello served as the director of Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling in Poona, India, until his demise on 2nd June 1987, in New York. He was also a member of the Jesuit province of Bombay.

His Belief
The meditation techniques taught by De Mello were a combination of Eastern religious thought, modern psychology and the spiritual exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. He strongly believed that most of the people are asleep. They need to be awakened and made to know what is inside and outside them. According to him, human beings should be well acquainted with their feelings, sensations, thoughts and, most importantly, their mind.
As An Orator
Anthony de Mello organized numerous workshops, which were attended by thousands of people. They considered him as one of the best public speakers. He spent most of his waking hours by talking about the Almighty’s greatness. He engaged himself in counseling people. De Mello believed that all the vagaries should be set aside, to enjoy life to the fullest. He conveyed this message to the masses through his workshops. He wanted people to be alert about the pervasiveness of God.
As An Author
Anthony de Mello authored many books in his lifetime. The topics that he dealt with, in his books, included Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises and psychological insight about life. Some of his most popular books include ‘Awareness’, ‘The Song of the Bird’, ‘Sadhana: A Way to God’, ‘Wellsprings’, ‘Walking on Water’, ‘The Way to Love’, ‘Contact with God’ and ‘Heart of the Enlightened’. Some of his writings have been translated to Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Bengali and Thai.



Born on September 4, in Bombay, India.


Published ‘Song of the Bird’ and ‘SadhanaA Way to God’.


'WellspringsA Book of Spiritual Exercises' written by Anthony De Mello was published.


Died on June 2, New York City, because of a heart attack, aged 56.


A spiritual treatise was published posthumously, under the name ‘One Minute Wisdom’.


‘Taking Flight’ published posthumously.

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Books by Anthony De Mello

    One Minute Wisdom

    by Anthony De Mello

    Rediscovering Life: Awaken to Reality

    by Anthony De Mello

    Taking Flight

    by Anthony De Mello

Books About Anthony De Mello

    Mastering Sadhana : On Retreat with Anthony De Mello

    by Carlos G. Valles

    Anthony de Mello - His Life and his Spirituality

    by Anand Nayak

    From Fear to Serenity with Anthony de Mello

    by Thomas G. Casey SJ,Margaret Brennan Hassett

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