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An elegant rendering of the great mystic's thoughts on the mysteries of the authentic life.

This is a little book about soul freedom. It is a book about discovering the secret to all the things we most desire: contentment, meaning, peace of mind, and true freedom. This skillfully edited translation of selections from the writings of Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1328) provides a road map to the spiritual life for contemporary seekers. Eckhart takes us on a journey of discovery, a journey in which we learn to let go, relinquish our need to know everything, and lose those things that we think are important for a life of worth. And in the end he shows us that the true secret is this: to find yourself, you must lose yourself.

Here is timeless wisdom from a medieval mystic who has influenced a wide range of spiritual teachers and mystics both inside and outside the Christian tradition. Erich Fromm, Arthur Schopenhauer, Dag Hammarskjold, Eckhart Tolle, Richard Rohr, D. T. Suzuki, Rudolf Steiner, and Matthew Fox have all credited Eckhart as being an important influence on their thought. In addition, his work has influenced the development of 20th-century American Buddhism and the Theosophical tradition. 

This book, divided into five sections - "Seeking the Light", "Facing Darkness", "Risking Love", "Knowing Nothing", and "Embracing Everything" - leads listeners on the path to an authentic spiritual life.

©2019 Jon M. Sweeney (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Please do not use this narrator.
He’s missing important elements of communication, though appreciate clear diction.

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It's hard to imagine a worse narrator.

The narration is unbearable. It's as if this is one of those Sleep Stories where the narrator is intentionally trying to put you to sleep. How does this even happen? This performance is the anthesis of the soul behind Meister Eckhart's enticing passion, awareness of beauty & mystery, eloquence. What a sad, lost opportunity to extend this work out of the narrow esoteric realm and into something more accessible. Clearly, the reader does not understand our feel what he is reading. Come to think of it, listening to this guy is a lot like listening to my kindergarten son read me one of his early reader books! Good grief.

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The blind leading the blind.

Just read Meister eckart for yourself. Someone who doesn’t understand him isn’t going to be able to explain him to you. So go to the source. This is confused secondhand misapprehensions delivered in a robotic cadence. Sorry.

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Audible first thank you so much for such a wide array of works that are “free” to subscribers, that can be enjoyed and encourage us all to listen to works we may not purchase with our hard earned credits. I recognize this work may have been a possible stepping stone in man’s religious universal consciousness to get us to the Protestant Reformation, and there are crumbs of Truth sprinkled in the work to those willing to hear (just like when listening to someone tell a lie it always has foundations in truth), but largely what can be heard is the unraveling of a (possibly) pious man’s mind trying to make sense of Neoplatonic, Christian, and Eastern Thought into a sort of pompous personal Pantheism. I respect this man’s path, and the events that led him to his beliefs, but sadly his work became contradictory, doctrinally confused, blasphemous, and in the wrong ears could (and probably did) confuse many people along the path in the Way. Part of the problem is in the fact that Eckhart is presented as a Christian writer, so in that vein alone, comes 75% of my criticism. Even if he was to be presented as a secular “mystic” (and about half way through the book I tried to discern/enjoy it purely as Literature for it’s own sake and be open to the work’s other possible merits), it still falls terribly flat and empty of meaning, and there are far better readable/listenable mystics throughout human history (and in the Audible Library) worthy of praise, time, knowledge, investment, and contemplation for true self mastery.

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I disagree with some of the things in this book (e.g., that creation is God) sprinkled amongst other things I hold dear as truths in my Christian faith. So I cannot recommend the book. Additionally, the narration is very robotic. The speaker halts at the most unnatural places.

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Profound...

I throughly enjoyed it.. the messages so simple, so clear... it could transform us.... The narrator although at first thought him monotone I understood into the content that it his tone was needed to deliver just the message...

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Great text, narrator not right for the text

This book is a treasure and can help people of all religions develop better spiritual practice that brings them ever closer to the divine source in daily life. The narrator has excellent pronunciation, timing, and clarity. His voice, however, is a monotone saying every word a little too loudly. I simply couldn’t keep listening to his reading. It sounds robotic and sounds disconnected from the material. This is my major complaint about Audible. The quality of the narrators varies widely. This is approximately the 10th book I will stop listening to and buy the print copy, based solely on the narration.

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Deep and insightful. Love the narrator!

Would love to see a version of "book of the heart" with this narrator. Thank you authors.

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Eckhart is the Buddha of Western Christianity

Each quote is a priceless spiritual gem and a look into our boundless souls and God.

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Book of Secrets

Sound bytes are clearly an oversimplification of Meister Eckhart. Good effort but obtuse and nebulous.

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  • Adrian Chan-Wyles Ph.D
  • 07-29-21

Nuts in a Vice Spirituality!

Superb! Genuinely holy. Beyond the worldly. If only the mainstream Church based its activities on the sublime enlightenment of monastics such as this Meister - the world would be a better place and humanity a better species! This Spirituality rejects the fake God that many Christians (and others) believe in. Indeed, so precise and pristine is this beautiful insight that religion is transcended and the essence of Science embraced! When individuals are as realised as this, all contradictions are brought to an end and the bright light of creativity shines in all directions so that the darkness of every corner is illuminated! This awareness cannot be purchased but only attained through hard work and good instruction. It is nothing less than the eternal moment writ large for all to see and benefit from!

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  • Adam
  • 08-01-21

Why-less love

Meister Eckart is part of the contemplative tradition in Christianity, one that draws on the wisdom of the desert fathers, and draws on a deep, meditative contemplation of the diving, looking for God within, the pearl of great price.
It's a meditative tradition with its own wisdom, and a beautiful wisdom it is too, as encapsulated by this short work of poems. Listen to it once, then come back to is and listen to it daily, as part of your practice. It will reward you.
This has an introduction that puts things in context. It tells us that these have been set and translated as poems, but are in fact originally part of quite intense prose. We are encouraged to go back to the original, to tease out the thought.
But this is a beautiful poetic translation, The poems are short, and make the thought accessible.
Particularly memorable to me was the concept of why-less love. Love should seek no justification or exterior motivation, e.g. have no 'why' behind it, completely selfless.
Recommended for anyone interested in real spiritual seeking.

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  • Miss
  • 08-27-21

Plenty of gems in here

Worth a listen and type of book I’ll listen to and get something different each time from it

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  • ROWLADNS
  • 08-19-21

Bad

The robotic stilted voice just destroyed any hope of spiritual uplift for me. Not sure how, but I listened to the end after many repeated attempts, in case there was a nugget of gold, but no. Nothing new under the sun here, not for me anyway. Yes, sure there were some truth in the words, but not transforming power. If spirit is to be blessed, it needs to be spoken in a flowing manner to help an inner sense of meaningful wisdom for life.

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  • markj
  • 08-15-21

Best to read for yourself

Eckhart’s words need to be reflected upon so it is better to read them for yourself. This reader, though clear, seems not to grasp what he is reading and passes over it too quickly.

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  • Clive Smart
  • 08-07-21

Ace mystical poetry

Lovely to dip in to or just let play to get the contours of Eckhart's mystical experience and message. We need it in these dreary and anxious and polarised times.

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  • Dennis Sommers
  • 08-07-21

Great stuff!!!

Having attended a day seminar of Mark Burrows it is a real delight to find something that is so authentically himself. The meditative poetry is simple and profound and iris a service to present the essence of such a complex and prolix spiritual master.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-21

content good but narrator sounded too digital

given this is a book about a music, poet, theologien and philosopher, I found the person selected to read seemed very dry and annoying voice tone....so much so that I could not continue listening.