Shanti Sadan and Self-Knowledge name
Vol.63 No.1 Winter 2012

Some Teachings of Meister Eckhart

If we are to pay reverence to all teachers of truth, we should certainly include Meister Eckhart in that category. Not that his world-view would measure up to those of modern science, but his writings, and his spoken words, as copied down from his sermons by his hearers, bear the unmistakable stamp of a mind that has broken through bondage to the finite objects of the world and discovered its identity with the principle of infinity that is their support. In this sense they are a confirmation, if any were needed, of the truth of the central teachings of the Upanishads, and, even more interestingly, an example to show that a Christian theologian living on European soil, and concerned primarily to convey the full weight of his own Christian tradition, can break through the crust of traditional Church dogma, without abandoning it, and find himself in company with the most honoured mystical teachers of Islam and Asia.

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