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All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about things that bother only burros. And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting than physical labor. Once in a while a kind monk comes to her stable and brings a pear, but more than that, he looks into the burro ?s eyes and touches her ears and for a few seconds the burro is free and even seems to laugh, because love does that. Love frees. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 01/14/2019

Origen says the soul's quest of God comes by self-observation. If she knew herself she would know God also. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 06/22/2015

God is intelligence occupied with knowing itself. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 06/22/2015

By humility, out of an enemy He has made a friend, which is more than to have created a new earth. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/02/2013

God's divinity comes of my humility, and this may be demonstrated as follows. It is God's peculiar property to give; but he cannot give unless something is prepared to receive his gifts. If, then, I prepare my humility to receive what he gives, by my humility I make God a giver. Since it is his nature to give, I am merely giving God what is already his own. It is like a rich man who wants to be a giver but must first find a taker, since without a taker he cannot be a giver. Similarly, if God is to be a giver, he must first find a taker, but no one may be a taker of God's gifts except by his humility. Therefore, if God is to exercise his divine property by his gifts, he well may need my humility; for apart from humility he can give me nothing--without it I am not prepared to receive his gift. That is why it is true that by humility I give divinity to God. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 06/26/2012

Start first with yourself and abandon yourself. Trully, if you won't first leave yourself, wherever you may go you will find obstacles and war, anywhere. They who seek peace in external things - in places or in ways and methods, in persons or works, in monasticism or isolation, in poverty or humility, in anything, however great that might be - , not one of them has the least value and it does not bring peace at all. They who ask this way, ask wrong. The further they go, the less they find what they seek. They walk like the man who has lost his way: the more he walks the more his delusion grows. ... But if someone abandons himself, whatever else he might keep, whether riches or honours, or anything, he has abandoned all things ... See yourself and wherever you find him, see him off ... The more you go out of all things, that much, neither less nor more, God comes in you with all that is His. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 06/26/2012

The eye by which I see God is the same as the eye by which God sees me. My eye and God's eye are one and the same. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

God must act and pour himself into you the moment he finds you ready. Don't imagine that God can be compared to an earthly carpenter, who acts or doesn't act, as he wishes; who can will to do something or leave it undone, according to his pleasure. It is not that way with God: where and when God finds you ready, he must act and overflow into you, just as when the air is clear and pure, the sun must overflow into it and cannot refrain from doing that. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Mark how to know yourself. To know himself a man must ever be on the watch over himself, holding his outer faculties. This discipline must be continued until he reaches a state of consciousness. . . .The object is to reach a state of consciousness--a new state of oneself. It is to reach now, where one is present to oneself. 'What I say unto you I say unto all, be awake. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

The most powerful prayer, one well-nigh 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 or worries, which, free from ties and all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God, and dead as to its own. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

God is not attained by a process of addition to anything in the soul, but by a process of subtraction. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

There are plenty to follow our Lord half-way, but not the other half. They will give up possessions, friends and honors, but it touches them to closely to disown themselves. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Though one should live through all the time from Adam and all the time to come before the judgment day doing good works, yet he who, energising in his highest, purest part, crosses from time to eternity, verily in the sight of God this man conceives and does far more than anyone who lives throughout all past and future time, because this now includes the whole of time. One master says that in crossing over time into the now each power of the soul will surpass itself. . . . Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

For if Life were questioned a thousand years and asked: "Why Live?" and if there were an answer, it could be no more than this: "I live only to live!" And that is because Life is its own reason for being, springs from its own source, and goes on and on, without ever asking why--just because it is life. Thus, if you ask a genuine person, that is, one who acts (uncalculatingly) from his heart: "Why are you doing that?" --he will reply in the only possible way: "I do it because I do it!" Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Saint Augustine cries, Lord I cannot love you, but come in and love yourself in me. According to Saint Paul, we must put off our own natural form and put on the form of God, and Saint Augustine tells us to discard our own mode of nature; then the divine nature will flow in and be revealed. Saint Augustine says, Those who seek and find, find not. He who seeks and finds not, he alone finds. Saint Paul says, What I was, was not I, it was God in me. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for if you want the kernel you must break the shell. And therefore if you want to discover nature's nakedness you must destroy its symbols, and the farther you get in the nearer you come to its essence. When you come to the One that gathers all things up into itself, there you must stay. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011

A man should orient his will and all his works to God and having only God in view go forward unafraid, not thinking, am I right or am I wrong? One who worked out all the chances before starting his first fight would never fight at all. And if, going to someplace, we must think how to set the front foot down, we shall never get there. It is our duty to do the next thing: go straight on, that is the right way. Meister Eckhart (1260)

Date added: 09/25/2011
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