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Recieved: 2000/05/16 20:05
Subject: [K-list] Mysticism and Love
From: Ckress

On 2000/05/16 20:05, Ckress posted thus to the K-list:

A friend forwarded a post from another list to me today. I thought it was so
beautifully stated that I got permission from the author of the post to
repost it here.


in a message dated 5/13/00 9:49:31 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
spiritualawakeningatonelistATnospamhotmail.com writes:
 << While Meister Eckhart explored the inner Reality and devoted his life to
  sharing his spiritual practices with others, he did not turn his back on
  world. I would like to conclude with another quote of his that I find
  particularly meaningful for our lives today. He says: "Were one in rapture
  like that of Saint Paul, and a sick man needed help, it were better to come
  out of the rapture and show love by serving him who had need."
 Here we have a law that is higher than experiencing the rapture. After
  telling us to forget the world, to sit in silence, and experience God,
  Meister Eckhart will now impose a higher law. Even if we are lost in
  rapture, even if we are sitting in meditation, if someone is in need of our
  help, it is better to come out of meditation and rapture, and show love by
  serving that person. This is the teaching of positive mysticism. This is
  true spirituality. This means attending to the needs of our fellow
  and sisters. It means that love of God is important, but it is not only
  being in rapture; it is loving God's creation. This bears out the concept
  that we have heard repeatedly about why God created human beings. It is
  said that if God wanted devotion the angels were already there; but God
  human beings to share in the sorrows of others. >>



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