Eckhart von Hochheim (c. 1260 – c. 1328), commonly known as Meister Eckhart or Master Eckhart was a German Catholic theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near what is now central Germany. He was one of the most learned and beloved teachers of the medieval period during a critical time in the evolution of European thinking. He was a preeminent Western intellectual and mystic who documented the Neoplatonic concept of oneness or the idea that the ultimate principle of the universe is single and undivided.
Despite being tried as a heretic, Eckhart’s teachings, in which he fuses philosophy and religion with vivid originality and metaphysical passion, have grown in popularity over the centuries, influencing many eminent thinkers, including German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, German psychologist Erich Fromm, and Swedish diplomat and Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld.
In modern times, Meister Eckhart’s message has forged a link between Western nondualism and Eastern mysticism. Indeed, his startling prose exhibits many esoteric parallels specifically with Buddhist and Vedic literature
“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”
“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.”
“Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.”
“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world or by running away from things or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomever we may be.”
~ Meister Eckhart