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Re: Theos-World Meister Eckhart on "God"

Nov 20, 2002 01:52 PM
by Morten Nymann Olesen

Hi all of you,

Meister Ecke....:

Man never desires anything so earnestly as God desires to bring a man to
Himself, that he may know Him.

God is always ready, but we are very unready; God is near to us, but we are
far from Him; God is within, but we are without; God is at home, but we are

The prophet said: God guides the redeemed through a narrow way into the
broad road, so that they come into the wide and broad place; that is to say,
into true freedom of the spirit, when one has become a spirit with God.

God is nameless, for no man can either say or understand aught about Him. If
I say, God is good, it is not true; nay more; I am good, God is not good. I
may even say, I am better than God; for whatever is good, may become better,
and whatever may become better, may become best. Now God is not good, for He
cannot become better. And if He cannot become better, He cannot become best,
for these three things, good, better, and best, are far from God, since He
is above all. If I also say, God is wise, it is not true; I am wiser than
He. If I also say, God is a Being, it is not true; He is transcendent Being
and superessential Nothingness. Concerning this St Augustine says: the best
thing that man can say about God is to be able to be silent about Him, from
the wisdom of his inner judgement. Therefore be silent and prate not about
God, for whenever thou dost prate about God, thou liest, and committest sin.
If thou wilt be without sin, prate not about God. Thou canst understand
nought about God, for He is above all understanding.


All that a man bears for God's sake, God makes light and sweet for him.

If all was right with you, your sufferings would no longer be suffering, but
love and comfort.

If God could have given to men anything more noble than suffering, He would
have redeemed mankind with it: otherwise, you must say that my Father was my
enemy, if he knew of anything nobler than suffering.

Now I might ask, how stands it with the soul that is lost in God? Does the
soul find herself or not? To this will I answer as it appears to me, that
the soul finds herself in the point, where every rational being understands
itself with itself. Although it sinks and sinks in the eternity of the
Divine Essence, yet it can never reach the ground. Therefore God has left a
little point wherein the soul turns back upon itself and finds itself, and
knows itself to be a creature


God alone must work in thee without hindrance, that He may bring to
perfection His likeness in thee. So thou mayest understand with Him, and
love with Him. This is the essence of perfection.


"Whoever possesses God in their being, has him in a divine manner, and he
shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in
all things it is God's image that they see."

"People should not worry as much about what they do but rather about what
they are. If they and their ways are good, then their deeds are radiant. If
you are righteous, then what you do will also be righteous. We should not
think that holiness is based on what we do but rather on what we are, for it
is not our works which sanctify us but we who sanctify our works."

"It is a fair trade and an equal exchange: to the extent that you depart
from things, thus far, no more and no less, God enters into you with all
that is his, as far as you have stripped yourself of yourself in all things.
It is here that you should begin, whatever the cost, for it is here that you
will find true peace, and nowhere else." Talks of Instruction

In 1985 the Pope, John Paul II, said: "Did not Eckhart teach his disciples:
'All that God asks you most pressingly is to go out of yourself - and let
God be God in you'? One could think that, in separating himself from
creatures, the mystic leaves his brothers, humanity, behind. The same
Eckhart affirms that, on the contrary, the mystic is marvelously present to
them on the only level where he can truly reach them, that is in God."

M- Sufilight with Christ and light...

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Subject: Theos-World Meister Eckhart on "God"

Meister Eckhart on "God"


Here are some of my favorite quotes from Meister Eckhart (c.1260-
c.1328, German mystic):

"God is exempt from all things and he is all things."

"He who thinks that he sees God, if he see aught sees naught of God."

"I do not find God outside myself nor conceive him excepting as my
own and in me."

"If I were not, God would not be God."

"All creatures are pure nothingness. I do not say they are small or
petty: they are pure nothingness."

"The being [of things] is God."

"The being and the nature of God are mine. . . . the spark in the
soul is beyond time and space; the soul's light is uncreated and
cannot be created, it takes possession of God with no mediation; the
core of the soul and the core of God are one."

"Why I pray God to rid me of God is because conditionless being is
above God and above distinction."

"God works, the Godhead does no work."

[Short biographical sketch at: ]

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