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on 14 December 2008
If you want a small anthology of Meister Eckhart's work then look elsewhere. This book is laid out with few words per page; one page has one sentence only spread out across the page and many pages contain not much more. If you want to read like this and dwell or meditate upon each phrase then this book will suit. If you want to read his sermons and counsels in their own right it will sadly disappoint. Eckhart is a spiritual writer who should be read so I hope that these notes will help you pick the right book for you.
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on 10 November 2006
Author Matthew Fox does a very job here laying out the enlightened spirituality of the great 13th century German mystic in a style that is easy to read and immediately impactful. Meister Eckhart knew from personal experience that human beings can relate and connect to the universal consciousness (commonly known as God) inwardly and directly: that God is not something/someone "out there" in some fictional after-life, but that He/It resides deeply within each individual, all the time, waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. The Church prosecuted Eckhart as a heretic for revealing this eternal truth, yet this has only elevated him into the status of a true mystic, a man of vision and experience who went beyond the limiting dogma and literalism of Christian Scripture. Eckhart easily rivals Ramana Maharshi as the most adept spiritual teacher of the last two thousand years, and yet is still relatively unknown. Discovering Eckhart is therefore a real treat and reward for all genuine seekers. He won't let you down! Each page of this book offers Eckhart's splended insights as snippets, like poems, just a few lines per page, giving the reader just enough to contemplate and digest before moving on. This is a very astute method, especially if you're to new Eckhart and want to taste before you buy, so to speak. After this, read Meister Eckhart: From Whom God Hid Nothing, to get a more thorough and absorbing experience of Eckhart's brilliance.
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on 27 December 1998
This book is small only in size. It is one of the best and most inspiring of guides to meditation. Meister Eckhart lived in the 14th century, yet his writings, especially those chosen in this book, are amazingly up to date. The beauty of the poetic expression leads the reader to that quiet place of beauty and joy and peace, helping the heart to open and expand, and transcending all to be: 'one with one, one from one, one in one, and externally one in one'. I recommend this book to all spiritual seekers, no matter what the level. To all Lovers of Truth and Beauty and Joy.
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on 6 April 2011
I found Meister Eckhart's meditation short ideas and phrases, and concepts of God to be suitable for lectio divina; the divine reading...

Being a 13th century mystic must be a hard slog, (he sounds Gnostic in his writing and) he was declared a heretic, but the words are light and fall on you like fragrant petals from above...

"I once had a dream. I dreamt that I, even though a man, was pregnant,
pregnant and full of Nothingness like a woman who is with child.
And that out of this Nothingness
God was born". (Page 71)

This book is a journey, when you find out about lectio divina, (from the Benedictine Monastic Tradition,) then read this book in that fashion, it's great. Otherwise read a page a day, and let the words revisit you through the day. We all should have a little divine reading in our lives.
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on 28 August 2012
Meister Eckhart is one of my favorite writers for meditations and way of living. It is short and concise and contains everything I need for a spiritual life. We should think of WHAT IS and WHAT WE ARE and not what should be and what we are coming short of.
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on 31 March 2013
book is very sparse in information. if written like a traditional book it would scarsely contain 30 pages, but instead each sentance is strached out to fill an enire page (!) - - this is deemed meditative?

also, the book doesn't say whether this is eckhart's actual words or if they are the author's (editor's?). thats a grave flaw.

as for the work itself, it stars off well as an almost buddhist theme of emptiness and thusness, but then turns gradually more trite as we approach the end. the text is broken off like poety but then still saturated with words. instead of creating a lyrical experience, the tone is often more just one of broken prose.

and the enlightened content becomes more and more dim the further one gets into the book.
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on 2 June 2016
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