Meister Eckhart, formally Meister von Hochheim

Eckhart, formally Meister von Hochheim

German Theologian, Philosopher and Mystic

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What is truth? Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep to the truth and let God go.

When I pray for something, I do not pray; when I pray for nothing I really pray… To pray for anything except God might be called idolatry or injustice.

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.

Twenty-four scholars got together and tried to say what God is and were unable to do it… God is something that must transcend being. Anything which has being, date and location does not belong to God, for he is above them all and although he is in all creatures, yet he is more than all of them.

To produce real moral freedom, God’s grace and man’s will must cooperate. As God is the Prime Mover of nature, so also he creates free impulses toward himself and to all good things. Grace renders the will free that it may do everything with God’s help, working with grace as with an instrument which belongs to it. So the will arrives at freedom through love, nay, becomes itself love, for love unites with God.

To the quiet mind all things are possible. What is a quiet mind? A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead as to its own. Such an one can do no deed however small but it is clothed with something of God’s power and authority.

To get at the core of God at his greatest, one must first get into the core of himself at his least, for no one can know God who has not first known himself. Go to the depths of the soul, the secret place of the Most High, to the roots, to the heights; for all that God can do is focused there.

There is nothing to test the perfection of love better than trust. Wholehearted love for another person carries confidence with it. Whatever one dares to trust God for, he really finds in God and a thousand times more.

The spiritual life is not a process of addition, but rather of subtraction.

The very best and utmost of attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in thee.

The soul has nothing in common with anything else. It is unconscious of the yesterday or the day before, and of tomorrow and the day after, for in eternity there is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence, and is at this moment, and as it will be after death.

The soul is created in a place between Time and Eternity: with its highest powers it touches Eternity, with its lower Time.

The Now in which God created the first man and the Now in which the last man will disappear and the Now in which I am speaking - all are the same in God, and there is only one Now.

The quieter it is the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is.

The life of work is necessary and the life of contemplation is good. In service the man gathers the harvest that has been sown in contemplation.

The Masters say that the soul has two faces. The higher one always sees God, the lower one looks downward and informs the senses. The higher one is the summit of the soul, it gazes into eternity. It knows nothing about time and body.

The eye by which I see God is the same as the eye by which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye are one and the same.

The eye through which God sees us is the eye through which we see God.

Nothing hinders the soul’s knowledge of God as much as time and space, for time and space are fragments, whereas God is one! And therefore, if the soul is to know God, it must know him above time and outside of space; for God is neither this nor that, as are these manifold things. God is One!

That we should know ourselves and God so far as we are able, that is God’s will. It behooves us therefore to be vastly careful not to hamper in any way the work which the exalted workman designs to carry out in us to his glory, but so to maintain ourselves that the material is always ready for the workman to do his work in us.

Man should remember that God speaks the truth and promises by Himself, the Truth. If God were to be false to His word, His Truth, He would be false to His Divinity, and then He would not be God. It is his promise that our pains shall be changed to joy.

Nothing hinders the soul from knowing God so much as time and place. Time and place are fractions, God is an integer.

It is my humility that gives God his divinity and the proof of it is this. God’s peculiar property is giving. But God cannot give if he has nothing to receive his gifts. Since I make myself receptive to his gifts by my humility so I by my humility do make God giver and since giving is God’s own peculiar property I do by my humility give God his property.

If you love yourself, you love everybody else as you do yourself. As long as you love another person less than you love yourself, you will not succeed in loving yourself; but if you love all alike, including yourself, you will love them as one person and that person is both God and man.

I affirm that there is a power in the soul which is unmoved by time or the flesh: this power floweth from the Spirit, yet abideth therein. Yea, it is all spirit.

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German Theologian, Philosopher and Mystic