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Meister Eckhart

(Eckhart von Hochheim)

1260 – 1328 CE

Philosopher, theologian, and mystic; Meister Eckhart represents a cultural and philosophical pivot at the end of the Middle Ages. In his own words but like Lao Tzu and the Buddha, he taught that Enlightenment is hidden inside our hearts and through emptiness, compassion and egolessness we become one. Though brought before the Inquisition and tried for heresy, his influence since includes from Schopenhauer (who said, “Buddha, Eckhardt, and I all teach essentially the same.”), to the Theosophical Society, to the politics of the UN’s Dag Hammarskjöld, to the psychology of Erich Fromm, to artists like Van Gough and Dürer, to authors like J. D. Salinger, and in modern times to theologians like Matthew Fox and Eckhart Tolle.

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Quotes by Meister Eckhart (25 quotes)

“A free mind is one which is untroubled and unfettered by anything, which has not bound its best part to any particular manner of being or devotion and which does not seek its own interest in anything.”

Chapters: 81. Journey Without Goal

Themes: Moral Freedom

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“All works which come from within us are spontaneous… pleasant, whereas all those works which arise due to an external
cause are constraining and enslaving. If these works did not arise due to something outside us they would not happen at all, and therefore they are constraining, enslaving and bitter.”

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

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“any object you have in your mind, however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost Truth.”

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

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“As the Godhead is nameless, and all naming is alien to Him so also the soul is nameless; for it is here the same as God.”

Chapters: 2. The Wordless Teachings

Themes: God Anonymity

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“For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again.”

Chapters: 61. Lying Low

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“For us there can be no attachment to a particular manner of behavior in this life, nor has this ever been right, however successful we may have been.”

Chapters: 6. The Source

Themes: Success

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“I tell you the truth, any object you have in your mind, however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost Truth.”

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

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“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was 'thank you,' that would suffice.”

Chapters: 37. Nameless Simplicity

Themes: Appreciation

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“One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works.”

Chapters: 70. Inscrutable

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“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”

Chapters: 14. Finding and Following the Formless Form

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“The more we have the less we own.”

Chapters: 44. Fame and Fortune

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“Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.”

Chapters: 5. Christmas Trees

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“There is no need to look for God here or there. He is no farther away than the door of your own heart.”

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success

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

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

Themes: Truth

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“We are all meant to be mothers of God...for God is always needing to be born.”

Chapters: 54. Planting Well

Themes: God

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“Why dost thou prate of God? Whatever thou sayest of Him is untrue.”

Chapters: 56. One with the Dust

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“Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.”

Chapters: 79. No Demands

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“Your surroundings don't matter. God is with you everywhere -- in the market place as well as in seclusion or in the church. If you look for nothing but God, nothing or no one can disturb you.”

Chapters: 73. Heaven’s Net

Themes: God

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“All is in all, all is in one, and all is ours.

Chapters: 39. Oneness

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“When a person sees All in all, then they stand beyond mere understanding.”

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“Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.”

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“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”

Themes: Openness

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“Whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not, secretly Nature seeks and hunts and tries to ferret out the track in which God may be found.”

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“Some people see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and love Him as they love their cow—for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them.”

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“overleap the worship of your mental powers, overleap your understanding and spring into the heart of God”

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