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Meister Eckhart - Selected writings - God the Father and the Son have nothing to do with time

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Meister Eckhart

God the Father and the Son have nothing to do with time.  Generation is not in time, but at the end and limit of time.  In the past and future movements of things, your heart flies about, it is in vain that you attempt to know eternal things, you should be occupied intellectually

… there are more days than one.  There is the soul's day and God's day.  A day, whether six or seven ago, or more than six thousand years ago is just as near to the present as yesterday.  Why?  Because all time is contained in the present Now moment.  Time comes of the revolution of the heavens and day began with the first revolution.  The soul's day falls within this time and consist of the natural light in which things are seen.  God's day, however, is the complete day, comprising both day and night.  It is the real Now moment, which for the soul is eternity's day....

The soul's day and God's day are different.  In her natural day the soul knows all things above time and place, nothing is far or near.  And that is why I say, this day all things are of equal rank.  To talk about the world as being made by God tomorrow, yesterday, would be talking nonsense.  God makes the world and all things in this planet now.  Time gone a 1,000 years ago is now as present and as near to God as this very instant. .........

Time is what keeps the light from reaching us.  There is no greater obstacle to God than time.  And not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time..........

Time is a perpetual perishing and a ‘God’ who is wholly in time appears to be a god who destroys as fast as he creates.  Nature is as incomprehensibly appalling as it is lovely and bountiful.  But God is not ‘in time’, God is in another dimension  - eternal

 

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Meister Eckhart

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