Framed poster - Meister Eckhart - Germany - Catholic Church
Meister Eckhart - Germany - Catholic Church
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"Meister Eckhart," who has been called the "Father of German thought," was a Dominican monk, and one of the most profound thinkers of the Middle Ages.
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Eckhart was probably born in the village of Tambach, near Gotha, in the Landgraviate of Thuringia, perhaps between 1250 and 1260.
Eckhart was schooled in medieval scholasticism and was well-acquainted with Aristotelianism, Augustinianism, and Neo-Platonism. He studied at Cologne. He may have also studied at the University of Paris.
On 1311 Eckhart was appointed by the general chapter held at Naples as teacher at Paris. To be invited back to Paris for a second stint as magister was a rare privilege, previously granted only to Thomas Aquinas.
It appears that some of the Dominican authorities already had concerns about Eckhart's teaching. Basically the clergy did not like a direct teaching common people could understand...
Sermons Although he was an accomplished academic theologian, Eckhart's best-remembered works are his highly unusual sermons in the vernacular. Eckhart as a preaching friar attempted to guide his flock, as well as monks and nuns under his jurisdiction, with practical sermons on spiritual transformation and New Testament metaphorical content related to the power inherent in disinterest (dispassion or detachment).
The central theme of Eckhart's German sermons is the presence of God in the individual soul, and the dignity of the soul of the just man. Although he elaborated on this theme, he rarely departed from it. In one sermon, Eckhart gives the following summary of his message:
"When I preach, I usually speak of detachment and say that a man should be empty of self and all things; and secondly, that he should be reconstructed in the simple good that God is; and thirdly, that he should consider the great aristocracy which God has set up in the soul, such that by means of it man may wonderfully attain to God; and fourthly, of the purity of the divine nature."
Authors comments: Eckhart's German sermons were fiery, a sign of true spirituality and desire to help.We note he used the vernacular - German - not Latin etc. His emphasis on detachment is a clear mark of his achievements- since most top-level masters mention this as the culmination of spiritual development - Sri Ramana Maharashi, St. John of The Cross etc. The fact that most members of congregations are stuck on the word and not the meaning has always been the case. To really understand scriptures you must have some deep experiences as a basis, else the filter of the intellect will distort all you read...
As usually happens with such an independent Master, he was considered heretic by some in the church, but 'dropped' his body before such notice arrived!
Location: Church in Erfurt - southern part of the Thuringian Basin, within the wide valley of the Gera river. It is located 300 km (186 mi) south-west of Berlin.
Info Edited and extracted from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meister_Eckhart
Pdf - free - of his teachngs and sermons - translated to English: https://philocyclevl.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/meister-eckhart-maurice-o-c-walshe-bernard-mcginn-the-complete-mystical-works-of-meister-eckhart-the-crossroad-publishing-company-2009.pdf
The second means of attraction which He used is Emptiness, as we see when we place one end of a hollow pipe in water, and draw up it by suction; the water runs up the stem to the mouth, because the emptiness of the pipe, from which the air has been drawn, draws the water to itself.
So Our Lord Jesus Christ made Himself empty that He might wisely draw all things to Himself. Therefore He let all the blood that was in His Body flow out, and so attracted to Himself all the compassion and grace that was in His Father's heart, so completely and profitably as to suffice for the whole world.
Books: Title: The Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company ISBN 10: 0824525175 / ISBN 13: 9780824525170
Video - The Nearness of the Kindom of God : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StAoAqa08LM