Sunday, April 3, 2011

Meister Eckhart Poem on Commerce, War and Strange 'gods'

Middle Ages

Translated by Daniel Ladinsky for "Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West

An Insidious Idol (and a few more Ekhart lines)

COMMERCE is supported by keeping the individual at odds
with himself and others, by making us want more than we need, and
offering credit to buy what refined senses do not want.

THE MASSES become shackled; I see how their eyes weep
and are desperate--of course they feel desperate--for something,
for some remedy

that a poor soul then feels NEEDS
to be bought.

I find nothing more offensive than a god who could condemn human instincts in us
that time in all its wonder have made perfect.

I find nothing more destructive to the well-being of life
than to support a god that makes you feel unworthy and in debt to it.

I imagine erecting churches to such a strange god will assure

A god that could frighten is not a god but an insidious idol
and weapon in the hands of the insane.

A god who talks of sin is worshipped
by the infirm;

I was once spiritually ill--we ALL pass through that--
THEN ONE DAY the intelligence IN MY SOUL

how long will grown men and women in this world
keep drawing in their coloring books
an image of God that makes them sad?

It is a lie--anytalk of God that does not comfort you...

It is your destiny to SEE as God SEES,
to know as God knows,
to feel as God feels.

How is this possible? How?
Because divine LOVE cannot defy its very SELF.

Divine LOVE will be eternally true to its own BEING,
and its BEING is giving all it can,

And the greatest GIFT
God can give is His own experience.

Every object, every creature, every man, woman and child
has a SOUL--

and it is the DESTINY of ALL--
to SEE as God SEES, to KNOW as God KNOWS,
to FEEL as God FEELS,
to BE (in quality and substance)
as God Is.


"Only those who have dared to let go can dare to re-enter."

"God rests in Himself..and all things (finally) find their rest in Him."

The last are also quotes from Meister Eckhart - one whom the clerics were going to put to death right before he died apparently because they feared his teachings. For more on his thoughts concerning God's Oneness - especially for philosophers and theologians - GO here

who's God is indivisible. photo by: Katherine McKittrick of Brevard College stream
where I have gone many times for reflection and prayer. Find on MyBC Home - Brevard College official website.


  1. Greetings,

    Thank you for this.

    I've always admired the writings of Meister Eckhart. He was certainly speaking from beneath the surface, and thus people in authority were offended. This is not that different than what we see, even still now (witness the recent destruction in Libya of sufi shrines by some Muslims), in other mystical traditions.

    All good wishes,


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