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Meister Eckhart on Union With God

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    Meister Eckhart on Union With God GOD IS ONE God is infinite in his simplicity and simple in his infinity. Therefore he is everywhere and is everywhere
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      Meister Eckhart on Union With God

      GOD IS ONE

      God is infinite in his simplicity and simple in his infinity.
      Therefore he is everywhere and is everywhere complete. God is
      in the innermost part of each and every thing. He is everywhere on
      account of his infinity, and is everywhere complete on account of
      his simplicity. Only God flows into all things, their very essences.
      Nothing else flows into something else. God is in the innermost part
      of each and every thing, only in its innermost part.

      GOD IS OUTSIDE OF TIME

      Nothing is as opposed to God as time. . . There is no process of
      becoming in God, but only a present moment, that is a becoming
      without a becoming, a becoming-new without renewal. . . All that
      is in God is an eternal present-time without renewal.

      THE WAY OUT IS WITHIN -- THE SOUL'S ('SPARK'S' RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD -
      - GOING WITHIN -- GOING BEYOND CREATION AND TIME IN ORDER TO
      KNOW THE CREATOR

      When we turn away from ourselves and from all created things, to
      that extent we are united and sanctified in the soul's spark,
      which is untouched by either space or time. This spark is opposed
      to all creatures and desires nothing but God.

      If we are to dwell in him . . . we should take leave of ourselves
      and of all things and be attached to nothing external which acts
      upon the senses within.

      When the soul enters the Light that is pure, she falls so far from
      her own created somethingness into her nothingness that in this
      nothingness she can no longer return to that created somethingness
      by her own power.

      Blessedness consists primarily in the fact that the soul sees God
      in herself . . . Only in God's knowledge does she become wholly
      still. There she knows nothing but essence and God.

      Between that person and God there is no distinction, and they are
      one. . . Their knowing is one with God's knowing, their activity
      with God's activity and their understanding with God's
      understanding.

      Therefore it is in Oneness that God is found and they who would
      find God must themselves become One. . . And truly, if you are
      properly One, then you shall remain One in the midst of
      distinction, and the multifold will be One for you and shall not
      be able to impeded you in any way.

      When the soul is united with God, then it perfectly possesses in
      him all that is something. The soul forgets itself there, as it is
      in itself, and all things, knowing itself in God as divine, in so
      far as God is in it.

      -- Meister Eckhart
      http://www.geocities.com/Athens/9103/Meister_Eckhart.html

      Foot Note:
      Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 - 1327/8) is one of the great Christian mystics.
      He was born near Erfurt in Thuringia and in his distinguished career became
      a Parisian Professor of Theology and took a leading pastoral and
      organisational role in the Dominican Order.

      In the language of the Christian tradition Eckhart expounds the eternal
      mysteries in a style that is fresh and original in the best sense. Through the
      vividness of his use of imagery (alluding to the mysteries of the spark of the
      soul, the Abyss, the desert, the birth of the Word in the heart, etc.) Eckhart
      paradoxically directs us to that which lies beyond image.

      The depth and universality of Eckhart's teaching has drawn seekers of truth
      Christian and non-Christian alike. His radical and penetrating insight makes
      him a natural point of reference for a genuinely ecumenical understanding.
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