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Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense (Classics of Western Spirituality) Paperback – January 1, 1981
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Eckhart was in some ways like a religious Galileo. His mystical ideas are very often shocking, from his notion of the birth of Jesus in the soul to the Godhead beyond the Trinity itself. His ideas were in many ways (with their paralells to Sufi Islam and Buddhism) very far ahead of their time and like other great Christian speculative mystics such as Origen or Evagrius Ponticus, the charge of heresy is never too far away in the shadows. It is then not surprising the ecclesiastic authorities charged this man with erring from established truth.
However Eckhart saw himself as an genuine mystic afire with the love of God and sharing in the deepest possible relationship with him. Eckhart certainly was a mystical genius, and one of the most brilliant and profound spiritual teachers Christianity has ever seen. He certainly belongs in the same rank as Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, John of Cross and Denys the Aeropagite.
Eckhart's approach to God uses both the way of denial and the way of affirmation. God is both an incomprehensible darkness, a beingless One above all distinctions, an ineffable reality, and at the same time the highest good, light and reality. God is to be reached mainly through the innermost ground of the soul which Eckhart calls the 'ground', and sometimes as a little 'castle.Read more ›
introduce me to Meister Eckhart's spirituality. However, the book
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There is a reason why the Catholic Church has for years warned it's flock to beware of entering into various levels of consciousness. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Lane
Unbelievably Excellent. Can't get enough of Meister Eckhart.Published 19 months ago by Marilynn Hughes
This large paperback, from a series of Western spiritual classics, contains many of the most famous writings of the Dominican mystic and priest Meister Eckhart. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Transcendental Thomist