“How can I be a successful leader?” a young CEO asked. “By being fully present.” “Does that mean I have to be everywhere and micromanage?” “That would be impossible and inadvisable,” the sage responded. “Being present is first of all being with yourself. Then you’ll see clearly, truly understand and act courageously.” ( (Francis J […]


A high school teacher was quite intense in his speech and attitude. After listening to the sage for a while he realised, “I want peace more than anything else, but I see how disturbed I am in life. It’s as if wherever I turn something upsets me: I turn on the TV or read the […]


A visitor, distressed by many painful life events, was searching for peace. He had tried religion, meditation and psychotherapy, but none of that had helped. He wanted to get away from it all and be at peace. “Your conflict is between what is and what is not,” the sage explained to him. “You are trying […]


“When the monk goes to the tavern, the tavern becomes his cell. When the drunk goes to a cell, the cell becomes his tavern.” (Anthony de Mello). Holiness is not the attribute of a place, but the quality of an experience. It is not the trait of a person, but the quality of presence. The […]


“Whenever I sit in meditation, feelings of past hurts appear. Or it is anger I feel, or fears of all kinds,” a woman said. “Can you teach me a meditation that will get me away from those messy feelings and find peace?” “Meditation does not open escape routes for you, but closes them. Instead of […]


“How is it that many people react with anger and resistance to the message of sages?” a visitor asked. “When you’re in deep sleep and someone attempts to wake you up, you’re quite likely to be rather annoyed,” the sage answered. “Many people, after years of contact with you, still seem to have such difficulty […]


One day there was an animated discussion about the religious preacher who was on television, newspapers, radio, everywhere. One of the visitors said he was amazed at how the preacher had an answer for every question, an advice for every person and was never at a loss for words. In response, the sage told them […]


The Ocean in the Dewdrop by Francis J Padinjarekara was launched by Fr Peter McVerry S.J., at Avila Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin on Sept 2. There was a large gathering of more than 150 guests who came from all over Ireland and outside. Introducing Liz Dillon, the facilitator for the evening, Fran O’Reilly spoke about the […]


A religious leader emphasised that the accurate formulation of religious teaching was absolutely necessary for clarity of thought and uniformity of practice. Himself a scholar of the scriptures, he said he had devoted his entire life to their study and critical analysis. “You have mastered the art of analysing the words of the joke, but […]


A religious leader who had lived his life in strict accordance with his teachings and principles was intolerant of other people and their failures. He was convinced that there was no saving grace in other religions and even for the ‘renegades’ in his own. He would make outrageous statements about those he condemned. “I can’t […]