Meister Eckhart (1260?-1328?)

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Meister Eckhart (1260?-1328?)

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Within all of us there is another person, the inner man, whom the Scripture
calls the new man, the heavenly man, the young person, the friend, the
Noble Man. And that is what our Lord meant when he said that a Nobleman
went into a far country and got himself a kingdom and then came back.
The Aristocrat
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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The Book of Divine Comfort

Benedictus Deus et Pater Domini nostri ]esu Christi etc.
(2 Corinthians 1 :3 -4)


The noble apostle St. Paul says this: "Blessed be God and the Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in our tribulations. " Three kinds of tribulation may
beset a man and assail him in this land of exile. The first is misfortune
occurring to outward goods; the second, to our relatives and dearest
friends; the third, to ourselves: dishonor, hardship, pain of body, and heart's distress.

Therefore I propose in this book to impart some teachings whereby
a man may find consolation in all adversity, unhappiness, and suffering.
This book has three parts. In the first are to be found certain truths,
from which may be deduced that which is well able, fully and
fittingly, to comfort him in any trouble. After that he will find some
thirty rules or maxims, in any one of which he will find full and sufficient
solace. After that in the third part of this book he will find examples from
the deeds and words done and spoken by wise people in times of tribulation.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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In the first place, we should know that the wise man and wisdom,
the true man and truth, the just man and justice, the good man and
goodness are in correspondence and are related to each other as follows:
goodness is not created nor made nor begotten, it is procreative
and begets the good; and the good man, in as far as he is good, is
unmade and uncreated, and yet the begotten child and son of goodness.

Goodness begets itself and all that it is in the good man, and the
good man receives all his being, knowledge, love, and energy from
the heart and inmost depth of goodness, and from that alone. The
good man and goodness are nothing but one goodness, all in one,
apart from the bearing and being born, and yet the bearing of goodness
and the being born in the good man is but one being and one life.

All that belongs to the good man he gets from goodness and in
goodness. Therein he is and lives and dwells. There he knows himself
and all that he knows, and loves all that he loves, and works with
goodness in goodness, and goodness does all her works with him and
in him, just as it is written where the Son says, "The Father remaining
in me and dwelling in me performs the works" (John 14:10), "The
Father works until now and I work" (John 5:17) , " All that belongs
to the Father is mine, and all that is mine and pertains to mine is the
Father's: His in the giving and mine in the receiving" (John 17:10 ).
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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