Frases de Mestre Eckhart
Data de nascimento: 1260
Data de falecimento: 1328
Outros nomes: Mistr Eckhart, Eckhart
Eckhart de Hochheim, O.P. , mais conhecido como Mestre Eckhart, em reconhecimento aos títulos acadêmicos obtidos durante sua estadia na Universidade de Paris, foi um frade dominicano, reconhecido por sua obra como teólogo e filósofo e por seu misticismo. Ele é considerado como um dos grandes símbolos do espírito intelectual da idade média.
Citações Mestre Eckhart
„Quem quiser existir na nudez de sua natureza, livre de toda mediação, deve ter deixado atrás de si toda distinção de pessoa, de forma que seja tão aberto àquele que está longínquo, e a quem nunca tenha visto, quanto à pessoa com a qual se encontra agora, e de quem seja amigo pessoal.“
Sermões Alemães Completos, Nono Sermão, Página 21 http://caminhodomeio.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/meister-eckhart-os-sermoes-alemaes.pdf, Mestre Eckhart - Tradução de Marcos Beltrão.
„A humanidade é tão perfeita e tão completa no mais pobre e miserável, quanto no papa ou no imperador, pois eu dou mais valor à humanidade em si, do que ao homem que comigo carrego.“
Sermões Alemães Completos, Nono Sermão, Página 40 http://caminhodomeio.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/meister-eckhart-os-sermoes-alemaes.pdf, Mestre Eckhart - Tradução de Marcos Beltrão.
Sermon VI : Sanctification
Contexto: Sanctification is the best of all things, for it cleanses the soul, and illuminates the conscience, and kindles the heart, and wakens the spirit, and girds up the loins, and glorifies virtue and separates us from creatures, and unites us with God. The quickest means to bring us to perfection is suffering; none enjoy everlasting blessedness more than those who share with Christ the bitterest pangs. Nothing is sharper than suffering, nothing is sweeter than to have suffered. The surest foundation in which this perfection may rest is humility; whatever here crawls in the deepest abjectness, that the Spirit lifts to the very heights of God, for love brings suffering and suffering brings love.
As quoted in Men Who Have Walked with God (1992) by Sheldon Cheney, p. 198
Contexto: Unmovable disinterest brings man into likeness of God.... To be full of things is to be empty of God; to be empty of things is to be full of God.
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„The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.“
Sermon IV : True Hearing
Fonte: Sermons of Meister Eckhart
Contexto: The man who abides in the will of God wills nothing else than what God is, and what He wills. If he were ill he would not wish to be well. If he really abides in God's will, all pain is to him a joy, all complication, simple: yea, even the pains of hell would be a joy to him. He is free and gone out from himself, and from all that he receives, he must be free. If my eye is to discern colour, it must itself be free from all colour. The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.
Very commonly attributed to Eckhart on the internet and some publications, but the earliest source yet located is A Bucket of Surprises (2002) by J. John and Mark Stibbe Variants: If "thank you" is the only prayer you can utter in your lifetime, that would be enough.
Variante: If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.
Widely circulated on the internet, but no actual text to tie it back to Eckhart, as of yet.
Ref: en.wikiquote.org - Meister Eckhart / Disputed
„The authorities teach that next to the first emanation, which is the Son coming out of the Father, the angels are most like God. And it may well be true, for the soul at its highest is formed like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God.“
Sermon 9, as translated in The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church (1999) by Hughes Oliphant Old, Ch. 9: The German Mystics, p. 449
Contexto: The authorities teach that next to the first emanation, which is the Son coming out of the Father, the angels are most like God. And it may well be true, for the soul at its highest is formed like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God. For this reason the angel was sent to the soul, so that the soul might be re-formed by it, to be the divine idea by which it was first conceived. Knowledge comes through likeness. And so because the soul may know everything, it is never at rest until it comes to the original idea, in which all things are one. And there it comes to rest in God.
„Whoso will hear the wisdom of the Father must dwell deep, and abide at home, and be at unity with himself.“
Sermon IV : True Hearing
Contexto: The everlasting and paternal wisdom saith, "Whoso heareth Me is not ashamed." If he is ashamed of anything he is ashamed of being ashamed. Whoso worketh in Me sineth not. Whoso confesseth Me and feareth Me, shall have eternal life. Whoso will hear the wisdom of the Father must dwell deep, and abide at home, and be at unity with himself.
„Love is the root of all joy and sorrow. Slavish fear of God is to be put away. The right fear is the fear of losing God.“
Sermon III : The Angel's Greeting
Contexto: When man humbles himself, God cannot restrain His mercy; He must come down and pour His grace into the humble man, and He gives Himself most of all, and all at once, to the least of all. It is essential to God to give, for His essence is His goodness and His goodness is His love. Love is the root of all joy and sorrow. Slavish fear of God is to be put away. The right fear is the fear of losing God. If the earth flee downward from heaven, it finds heaven beneath it; if it flee upward, it comes again to heaven. The earth cannot flee from heaven: whether it flee up or down, the heaven rains its influence upon it, and stamps its impress upon it, and makes it fruitful, whether it be willing or not. Thus doth God with men: whoever thinketh to escape Him, flies into His bosom, for every corner is open to Him. God brings forth His Son in thee, whether thou likest it or not, whether thou sleepest or wakest; God worketh His own will. That man is unaware of it, is man's fault, for his taste is so spoilt by feeding on earthly things that he cannot relish God's love. If we had love to God, we should relish God, and all His works; we should receive all things from God, and work the same works as He worketh.
„All true morality, inward and outward, is comprehended in love, for love is the foundation of all the commandments.“
Sermon VII : Outward and Inward Morality
Contexto: All true morality, inward and outward, is comprehended in love, for love is the foundation of all the commandments.
All outward morality must be built upon this basis, not on self-interest. As long as man loves something else than God, or outside God, he is not free, because he has not love. Therefore there is no inner freedom which does not manifest itself in works of love. True freedom is the government of nature in and outside man through God; freedom is essential existence unaffected by creatures. But love often begins with fear; fear is the approach to love: fear is like the awl which draws the shoemaker's thread through the leather.
„Grace is from God, and works in the depth of the soul whose powers it employs. It is a light which issues forth to do service under the guidance of the Spirit.“
Sermon VII : Outward and Inward Morality
Contexto: Grace is from God, and works in the depth of the soul whose powers it employs. It is a light which issues forth to do service under the guidance of the Spirit. The Divine Light permeates the soul, and lifts it above the turmoil of temporal things to rest in God. The soul cannot progress except with the light which God has given it as a nuptial gift; love works the likeness of God into the soul. The peace, freedom and blessedness of all souls consist in their abiding in God's will. Towards this union with God for which it is created the soul strives perpetually.
„A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own.“
As translated in A Dazzling Darkness: An Anthology of Western Mysticism (1985) by Patrick Grant
Contexto: The most powerful prayer, one wellnigh 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 on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own.