Johannes Eckhart cytaty
Data urodzenia: 1260
Data zgonu: 1328
Natępne imiona: Mistr Eckhart, Eckhart
Eckhart von Hochheim, lepiej znany jako Mistrz Eckhart – niemiecki mistyk, filozof i teolog, dominikanin. Przedstawiciel mistyki nadreńskiej. Pozostawał w sporze z inkwizycją, postawiony przed jej trybunałem oskarżony o herezję. W świetle badań przeprowadzonych w XX w. powszechnie uważa się, że oskarżenie o poglądy panteistyczne było zbyt pochopnym wnioskiem, wynikającym z wyrywkowej analizy jego wypowiedzi oraz kontekstu historycznego.
Cytaty Johannes Eckhart
Sermon VI : Sanctification
Kontekst: Sanctification is the best of all things, for it cleanses the soul, and illuminates the conscience, and kindles the heart, and wakens the spirit, and girds up the loins, and glorifies virtue and separates us from creatures, and unites us with God. The quickest means to bring us to perfection is suffering; none enjoy everlasting blessedness more than those who share with Christ the bitterest pangs. Nothing is sharper than suffering, nothing is sweeter than to have suffered. The surest foundation in which this perfection may rest is humility; whatever here crawls in the deepest abjectness, that the Spirit lifts to the very heights of God, for love brings suffering and suffering brings love.
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As quoted in Men Who Have Walked with God (1992) by Sheldon Cheney, p. 198
Kontekst: Unmovable disinterest brings man into likeness of God.... To be full of things is to be empty of God; to be empty of things is to be full of God.
„The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.“
Sermon IV : True Hearing
Źródło: Sermons of Meister Eckhart
Kontekst: The man who abides in the will of God wills nothing else than what God is, and what He wills. If he were ill he would not wish to be well. If he really abides in God's will, all pain is to him a joy, all complication, simple: yea, even the pains of hell would be a joy to him. He is free and gone out from himself, and from all that he receives, he must be free. If my eye is to discern colour, it must itself be free from all colour. The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.
Very commonly attributed to Eckhart on the internet and some publications, but the earliest source yet located is A Bucket of Surprises (2002) by J. John and Mark Stibbe Variants: If "thank you" is the only prayer you can utter in your lifetime, that would be enough.
Wariant: If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.
Widely circulated on the internet, but no actual text to tie it back to Eckhart, as of yet.
Ref: en.wikiquote.org - Meister Eckhart / Disputed
„The most powerful prayer, one wellnigh omnipotent, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of a quiet mind.“
As translated in A Dazzling Darkness: An Anthology of Western Mysticism (1985) by Patrick Grant
Kontekst: The most powerful prayer, one wellnigh omnipotent, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of a quiet mind. The quieter it is the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is. 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 to its own.
„Love is the root of all joy and sorrow. Slavish fear of God is to be put away. The right fear is the fear of losing God.“
Sermon III : The Angel's Greeting
Kontekst: When man humbles himself, God cannot restrain His mercy; He must come down and pour His grace into the humble man, and He gives Himself most of all, and all at once, to the least of all. It is essential to God to give, for His essence is His goodness and His goodness is His love. Love is the root of all joy and sorrow. Slavish fear of God is to be put away. The right fear is the fear of losing God. If the earth flee downward from heaven, it finds heaven beneath it; if it flee upward, it comes again to heaven. The earth cannot flee from heaven: whether it flee up or down, the heaven rains its influence upon it, and stamps its impress upon it, and makes it fruitful, whether it be willing or not. Thus doth God with men: whoever thinketh to escape Him, flies into His bosom, for every corner is open to Him. God brings forth His Son in thee, whether thou likest it or not, whether thou sleepest or wakest; God worketh His own will. That man is unaware of it, is man's fault, for his taste is so spoilt by feeding on earthly things that he cannot relish God's love. If we had love to God, we should relish God, and all His works; we should receive all things from God, and work the same works as He worketh.
„Whoso will hear the wisdom of the Father must dwell deep, and abide at home, and be at unity with himself.“
Sermon IV : True Hearing
Kontekst: The everlasting and paternal wisdom saith, "Whoso heareth Me is not ashamed." If he is ashamed of anything he is ashamed of being ashamed. Whoso worketh in Me sineth not. Whoso confesseth Me and feareth Me, shall have eternal life. Whoso will hear the wisdom of the Father must dwell deep, and abide at home, and be at unity with himself.
„When God has sent his angel to me, then I know of a surety. … When God sends his angel to the soul it becomes the one who knows for sure.“
Sermon 9, as translated in The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church (1999) by Hughes Oliphant Old, Ch. 9: The German Mystics, p. 448
Kontekst: When God has sent his angel to me, then I know of a surety.... When God sends his angel to the soul it becomes the one who knows for sure. Not for nothing did God give the keys into St. Peter's keeping, for Peter stands for knowledge, and knowledge is the key that unlocks the door, presses forward and breaks in, to discover God as he is.