Meister Eckhart: Counsels on Discernment 8

Peace, one and all…


In his eighth counsel, Meister Eckhart explores the need for zeal.

Counsel 8: Of constant zeal for the highest growth

A man should never be so satisfied with what he does or accomplish it in such a way that he becomes so independent or overconfident in his works that his reason becomes idle or lulled to sleep.  He ought always to lift himself up by the two powers of reason and will, and in this to grasp at what is best of all for him in the highest degree, and outwardly and inwardly to guard prudently against everything that could harm him.  So in all things he will lack nothing, but he will grow constantly and mightily.


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