Meister Eckhart was a Christian theologian and mystic born in 13th century Germany. He became famous as a talented preacher and his sermons, unusual and disruptive to the church dogma and ritual, caused him troubles. Largely forgotten until the 19th century, he is now appreciated by contemporary spirituality, for he is speaking a universal message that many can understand beyond the usual Christian jargon. Simon Parke, who wrote the beautiful ‘Conversations with Meister Eckhart’, says: “Here we have a teaching open to all, but possessed by none, and therefore free like a butterfly in the garden of the soul.”
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 on,
free from ties and from all self-seeking,
is wholly merged into the will of God
and dead to its own.
~ Meister Eckhart
Text by Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1328)
Photo by Elsebet Barner
– ‘Meister Eckhart, Selected Writings’ – by Meister Eckhart – (Penguin Classics)
– ‘Conversations with Meister Eckhart’ – by Meister Eckhart & Simon Parke – (White Crow Books Ltd)
– Meister Eckhart (Wikipedia)