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Meister Eckhart - Miscellaneous quotes - I am my own first cause



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Meister Eckhart

Therefore, I am my own first cause, both of my external being and of my temporal being.  To this end I was born, and by virtue of my birth being eternal, I shall never die.  It is of the nature of this eternal birth that I have been eternally, that I am now and shall be forever.  What I am as temporal creature is to die and come to nothingness, for it came with time and so with time it will pass away.  In my eternal birth, however, everything was begotten.  I was my own first cause as well as the first cause of everything else.  If I had willed it, neither I nor the world would have come to be!  If I had not been, there would have been no god.  There is, however, no need to understand this.

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