Meister Eckhart

Meister Eckhart

Eckhart von Hochheim (c. 1260 – c. 1328), commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Gotha, in the Landgraviate of Thuringia in the Holy Roman Empire. He has acquired a status as a great mystic within contemporary popular spirituality, as well as considerable interest from scholars situating him within the medieval scholastic and philosophical tradition.

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

God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.

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.

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

All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.

You may call God love you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.

If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not be filled thereby but only with himself.

A just person is one who is conformed and transformed into justice.

The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.

One person who has mastered life is better than a thousand persons who have mastered only the contents of books but no one can get anything out of life without God.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you it will be enough.

The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great.

The outward man is the swinging door, the inner man is the still hinge.

Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.

A human being has so many skins inside covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things but we don't know ourselves! Why thirty or forty skins or hides as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.

God expects but one thing of you and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you.

Words derive their power from the original word.

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.

There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. 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.

To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.

Every creature is a word of God.

The more we have the less we own.

What we plant in the soil of contemplation we shall reap in the harvest of action.

He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing detachment.

We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity... But if it takes not place in me what avails it? Everything lies in this that it should take place in me.

When you are thwarted it is your own attitude that is out of order.

Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off, he is always standing close at hand and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door.

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.