Meister Eckhart, formally Meister von Hochheim

Eckhart, formally Meister von Hochheim

German Theologian, Philosopher and Mystic

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God’s never tied man’s salvation to any pattern. Whatever possibilities inhere in any pattern of life inhere in all, because God has given it so and denied it to none. One good way does not conflict with another, for not all people may travel the same road.

He who has gotten the whole world plus God has gotten no more than God by himself.

God’s is-ness is my is-ness, neither more nor less.

God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.

God, whatever He is, has essence and essence is absolute stillness; it is immovable.

God is closer to the soul than the soul is to itself and therefore God is in the soul’s core – God and all the Godhead.

Action and becoming are one.

When is a man in mere understanding? I answer, “When a man sees one thing separated from another.” And when is a man above mere understanding? That I can tell you: “When a man sees All in all, then a man stands beyond mere understanding.”

Acting and becoming are one. God and I are one in this work: He acts and I become. Fire transforms all things it touches into its own nature. The wood does not change the fire itself, but the fire changes the wood into itself. In the same way we are transformed into God so that we may know him as he is.

To gauge the soul we must gauge it with God, for the Ground of God and the Ground of the Soul are one and the same.

What a man takes in by contemplation that he pours out in love.

Thou must love God as not-God, not-Spirit, not-person, not-image, but as He is, a sheer, pure absolute One, sundered from all two-ness, and in whom we must eternally sink from nothingness to nothingness.

Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time. And not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections; not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.

The soul that would experience this birth must detach herself from all outward things: within herself completely at one with herself... You must have an exalted mind an a burning heart in which, nevertheless, reign silence and stillness.

There is a spirit in the soul, untouched by time and flesh, flowing from the Spirit, remaining in the Spirit, itself wholly spiritual. In this principle is God, ever verdant, every flowering in all the joy and glory of His actual Self. Sometimes I have called this principle the Tabernacle of the soul, sometimes a spiritual Light, anon I say it is a Spark. But now I say that it is more exalted over this and that than the heavens are exalted above the earth. So now I name it in a nobler fashion... It is free of all names and void of all forms. It is one and simple, as God is one and simple, and no man can in any wise behold it.

The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God, as if He stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge.

The more God is in all things, the more He is outside them. The more He is within, the more without.

The highest wisdom consists in this, for man to know himself, because in him God has placed his eternal word [logos].

Separate yourself from all twoness. Be one on one, one with one, one from one.

If we hold fast to the distinction between today and tomorrow and yesterday, we hold fast to nothingness.

In the Kingdom of Heaven all is in all, all is one, and all is ours.

Man's last and highest leave-taking is leaving God for God.

As long as I am this or that, or have this or that, I am not all things and I have not all things. Become pure till you are neither are nor have either this or that; then you are omnipresent and, being neither this nor that, are all things.

He who seeks God under settled form lays hold of the form, while missing the God concealed in it.

Any flea as it is in God is nobler than the highest of angels in himself.

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German Theologian, Philosopher and Mystic