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MARTIN BURKE

Reading Meister Eckhart

A poem in 6 parts, starting with the verses

1 : To go \ 2 : Without desire \ 3 : And singing, dancing, wild with joy \
4 : To be what we were before we were \ 5 : For all that it is \ 6 : You must appreciate the setting

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Time and Creation in Gregory of Nyssa and Meister Eckhart
Time and Creation
In Gregory of Nyssa and
Meister Eckhart

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To be what we were before we were

To be that nothingness

Nothing less and nothing more than this can be imagined

 

And the wisdom of the soul in its poverty

This nothingness an everything

This negation an affirmation

 

(I can foresee that it will come to this

That no evasion will be permitted

That this is an appointment that cannot be postponed)

 

And in this the soul will find its true redemption

And only in this emptiness (as the saints have proclaimed)

Can it know what its destiny is meant to be

And surely this above all things is that poverty of the spirit

Which opens its to its inheritance

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Cf. by Martin Burke : Reading Meister Eckhart II - This Singing Ground

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