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Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing: Sermons, Writings, & Sayings: Sermons, Writings and Sayings Kindle Edition

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (10 Sept. 2012)
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  • Language: English
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Meister Eckhart is easily the Western, medieval counterpart to India's most famous mystic Ramana Maharshi. And yet Eckhart is largely anonymous; a man who was a 13th century German Dominican monk, who broke ranks with the orthodoxy to teach a more esoteric and penetrating way to understand Christian symbols and art. Eckhart knew, from first-hand spiritual awareness, that God is WITHIN you, waiting to be discovered, and nowhere else, not in some after-life and not sat on some seat of judgement. And, through the symbolic reading of religion and a deep contemplation of the depths of your own being, the presence of the divine can be experienced directly. This book is so clear, easy to read and inspiring that, along with BE AS YOU ARE by Maharshi, I would recommend it as easily among the best ever in the spiritual genre. Not too long either, a perfect read. Simply brilliant.
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The title of the book comes from the title of one of Eckhart's sermons. Of all the small and inexpensive anthologies of the works of Meister Eckhart this is probably the current 'best'. Its content may be slightly less than other anthologies by a few pages, but its printing and layout are bright to the eye and hence to the mind. The layout and presentation of the book, with a bright cover and small 'page break' drawings, allow one to read without feeling that one is dealing with a 'text book'. All these subtle production methods mean that one will be likely to read or browse more often. Recommended.
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I can't give this five stars as I haven't finished reading it yet, but it has a good introduction and the selected texts, so far, have been incredibly in tune with modern 'living in the moment' ideas.
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Inspiring, something in needed,thank you Amazon
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HASH(0x913f4f00) out of 5 stars The Ultimate and the Divine Spark 17 Feb. 2007
By OAKSHAMAN - Published on Amazon.com
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While I had read about Eckhart for years, I was apprehensive about delving deeper into his actual writings. That is why this book is such a pleasant surprise, for the author has "moved a lot of soil" to get at his finest moments. Not only that, but since Eckhart was a mystic in the deepest sense, his meaning is perhaps clearer than that of any other medieval mind, for all true mystics are united by the same common thread connecting them to the same common source all through history. They all transcend history.

Eckhart has that ability to effortlessly transcend the Emanation (unmovable God beyond time and space) and Immanence (God present throughout his creation) question. Indeed he accepts and reconciles both without conflict. There is no surer evidence that he saw all things from a higher plane than this. In his concept of the divine spark in each of us he unites us with the Ultimate- while the rest of creation is influenced by the emanation of the Holy Spirit down through the planes. Only man has this "cosmic wormhole" to connect him directly with the ultimate- the opening of this portal on our side is called "Christ."

As the author points out there are very few teachers that seem equally accessible by both Pope and Dalai Lama. That is because the Meister represents the pinnacle of spiritual connection in the West.
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x913f4f54) out of 5 stars If I Am Empty, God Is Obliged to Fill Me 20 Dec. 2008
By Laurie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably the most recommendable book of Eckhart's writings on the market, and the best introduction for anyone who has heard the name and is curious to learn more. The translations are lively and accurate, the contents have been selected from Eckhart's sermons, tractates and short sayings, in which he was addressing ordinary people. Eckhart was one of those rare individuals who combine the soul of a saint and the mind of a theologian with the verbal gifts of a poet, so he has a head start when it comes to the perennial problem of expressing the Inexpressible.

In a way the essence of Eckhart lies in his Latin theological writings, where he interprets the Christian Mysteries through the ideas and vocabulary of Plato and the Neo-Platonists: these show him as one of the greatest thinkers in Western history. (Those interested in this side of him should read C.F. Kelley's "Meister Eckhart on Divine Knowledge", now happily reprinted.)

But what distinguishes Eckhart from most later theologians is that he says the word "God" the way a carpenter says "wood" or a swimmer says "water". He knows what he is talking about. And if his words remind us again and again of Vedanta, Zen or the Sufis, surely this is because those who truly See, See the same thing. Still, it would be wrong to think of him as some kind of eccentric or stray: he is part of a broad tradition of Christian thought that begins with the Gospel of John and survives until the late 17th century. Eckhart speaks the same language as other Mediaeval theologians, though with an accent of his own.

My main criticism of this book is simple: it is too short. Knowing Eckhart's Sermons and the treasures they contain, I can easily imagine this book quadrupled without any loss of interest. So it remains a tantalising sampler, recommended to anyone who has a narrow, stereotyped view of Christianity, and more simply to anyone who wants to get to know the words of one of the greatest spiritual teachers of East or West.
58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b28d44) out of 5 stars The safe Eckhart 6 Sept. 2009
By Christopher M. Moylan - Published on Amazon.com
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Meister Eckhart ran into trouble with the Church during his and it appears that some of his writings are still under official disfavor. This is a very safe selection of the master's writings, and really wasn't what I was looking for. I would avoid any selection made by a priest, as this one is, and look for something that offers a more representative view of his more difficult and unorthodox preaching.
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HASH(0x918d56c0) out of 5 stars Very, very disappointing 30 Mar. 2014
By Harriet P. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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This author completely fails to present the comfort and joy of the message Eckhart conveyed:

"....creatures, like fish in an ocean, swim in an ocean of divine grace"

"For Eckhart, creation is a revelation of God, a home for God and a temple for God. It is a grace, an overflow of the goodness and beauty that God is. For Eckhart, "being is God"...

"For Eckhart being is more than being. It is the presence of the divine... "

"God is not out there, above here, below here or far from here. Very simply, where we are, God is, where God is, we are... "

Eckhart's teachings soared beyond traditional religous thought into concepts expresses across the ages by mystics of all religions. He was a man of many words that you need to search through to find the depths of his insights. I recommend "Breakthrough"' Meister Eckhart's Creation Spirituality in New Translation, Matthew Fox, editor. Image books, Doubleday, 1991", the source of the quotes above.
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HASH(0x913f7a98) out of 5 stars Meister Eckhart WAS NOT excommunicated 15 Oct. 2013
By Steve Graves - Published on Amazon.com
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Editor David O'neal writes in his introduction that Eckhart was excommunicated posthumously in 1329. This error appears to one of those repeated and copied ad nauseum over the Internet.

Echart, ever the loyal Catholic Dominican, publicly recanted his errors before his death and was never excommunicated.

Pope John XXII issued a bull (In agro dominico), 27 March 1329, in which a series of statements from Eckhart is characterized as heretical; another as suspected of heresy.[19] At the close, it is stated that Eckhart recanted before his death everything which he had falsely taught, by subjecting himself and his writing to the decision of the Apostolic See. It is possible that the Pope's unusual decision to issue the bull, despite the death of Eckhart (and the fact that Eckhart was not being personally condemned as a heretic), was due to the pope's growing fear of mystical heresy, and pressure from his ally Henry II to bring the case to a definite conclusion. (Wikipedia)

While Pope John condemned certain of his statements, he did not excommunicate the man. As a note, ex communication is a corrective measure for the living and would not be applied to the dead under any circumstances.

With a little effort, readers can find the text of the bull and verify for themselves, as did I, that the scurrilous accusation is baseless.

Steve Graves, OP
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