MATTHEW FOX THOMAS MERTON DR SUZUKI MEISTER ECKHART…

MATTHEW FOX, THOMAS MERTON, DR SUZUKI, MEISTER ECKHART, NONDUALISM & THE MYSTICAL TRADITION

1 Matthew Fox in an interview says;
“One of my main works or accomplishments was recovering the mystical tradition of Christianity. For example, I was the first one to translate Eckhart into English from the critical edition, and provide a commentary on it.

2 In fact, it was through a Hindu – not through Christianity – that I discovered Eckhart. It was Suzuki, the Japanese Buddhist, who alerted Thomas Merton, the Catholic monk, to Meister Eckhart.

3 In 1959, they had a dialogue on Buddhism and Christianity, and Suzuki threw up his hands and said “Merton, you’re a typical Western dualist. There’s only one outside chance you’ll get Zen, and that is to read the one Zen thinker of the West, Meister Eckhart.” And Merton said, “But Eckhart was condemned by the church.” And Suzuki said, “Well, I can’t help that, can I?”

4 So in 1960, Merton went off and did nothing but read Zen and Meister Eckhart, and it totally changed him. You can see his writings from the ’50s to the ’60s – he became very prophetic in the ’60s, and he was the first religious figure who came out before Dr. King against the Vietnam War.

5 Merton is the one who sent me to Paris to study spirituality, and it’s there that I got the creation spiritual tradition named for me by Pere Chenu, a wonderful French Dominican who is the father of liberation theology and creation spirituality.

6 The year I was expelled from the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church by the Pope, they also expelled Leonardo Boff, who is a liberation theologian and the most read Catholic theologian in Latin America. And they expelled Eugene Drewermann, the most read Catholic priest theologian in Germany.

7 Clearly it was not a good year for theologians, but there was obviously a political purpose in all this. By getting the three most visible Catholic priest theologians on three continents, they were sending a message of fear and control. It was theological downsizing.”

FROM: Original blessings: An interview with Matthew Fox By Ravi Dykema – http://www.mcs.ca/vitalspark/2020_schools/312crtn03.html

My paragraphing and numbering – Roger –

PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THE EXTRACT

THOMAS MERTON – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton

D T SUZUKI – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._T._Suzuki

MEISTER ECKHART – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meister_Eckhart

CHENU – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Dominique_Chenu

DREWERMANN – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Drewermann

MATTHEW FOX – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_Spirituality

The mystic and the schizophrenic find themselves…

“The mystic and the schizophrenic find themselves in the same ocean, but whereas the mystic swims, the schizophrenic drowns.” -R.D.Laing

The mystics ask you to take nothing…

“The mystics ask you to take nothing on mere belief. Rather, they give you a set of experiments to test in your own awareness and experience.
The laboratory is your own mind, the experiment is meditation.”
Ken Wilber

Some quotations from ‘Mystical Writings of the World’s…

Some quotations from ‘Mystical Writings of the World’s Greatest Physicists’ – ed and Introduction by Ken Wilber

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1″In the mystic sense of the creation around us, in the expression of art, in a yearning towards God, the soul grows upward and finds the fulfillment of something implanted in its nature. The sanction for this development is within us, a striving born with our consciousness or an Inner Light proceeding from a greater power than ours….Whether in the intellectual pursuits of science or in the mystical pursuits of the spirit, the light beckons ahead and the purpose surging in our nature responds.” Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), ‘Defense of Mysticism’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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2″If I were to try to put into words the essential truth revealed in the mystic experience, it would be that our minds are not apart from the world, and the feelings that we have of gladness and melancholy and our yet deeper feelings are not of ourselves alone, but are glimpses of a reality transcending the narrow limits of our particular consciousness – that the harmony and beauty of the face of Nature is, at root, one with the gladness that transfigures the face of man.” Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), ‘Mind Stuff’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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3″The image of the triune God is in the sphere, namely of the Father in the center, of the Son in the outer surface and of the Holy Ghost in the uniformity of connection between point and intervening space or surroundings.” Johannes Kepler, ‘Mysterium Cosmographicum’, quoted by Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) in ‘Embracing the Rational and the Mystical’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists(Ken Wilber, editor)
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4″The significant point: every physicist in this volume was profoundly struck by the fact that the natural realm obeys in some sense the laws or forms of mathematics, or, in general, obeys some sort of archetypal mental-forms.” Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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5″Those individuals to whom we owe the great creative achievements of science were all of them imbued with the truly religious conviction that this universe of ours is something perfect and susceptible to the rational striving for knowledge.” Albert Einstein, ‘Science and Religion’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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6″Restrained by our organic constitution and by our different emotions in the lower sphere of our daily occupations, we also feel ourselves urged on by the appeal of the ideal, by more or less precise aspiration towards spiritual values, and from those sentiments even the worst amongst us do not entirely escape.” Louis deBroglie, ‘Physics and Microphysics’, Pantheon 1955 Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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7″If the longing for the achievement of the goal is powerfully alive within us, then shall we not lack the strength to find the means for reaching the goal and for translating it into deeds.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955), ‘Science and Religion’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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8″Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown;… there IS only one thing, and what seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘The I That Is God’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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9″I – I in the widest meaning of the word, that is to say, every conscious mind that has ever said or felt ‘I’ – am the person who controls the motion of the atoms according to the Laws of Nature…the insight is not new. The earliest records, to my knowledge, date back some 2500 years or more. From the early great Upanishads the recognition Atman = Brahman (the personal self equals the omnipresent)…was in Indian thought considered to represent the quintessence of deepest insight into the happenings of the world…Again, the mystics of many centuries, independently, yet in perfect harmony with each other (somewhat like the particles in an ideal gas) have described, each of them, the unique experience of his or her life in terms that can be condensed in the phrase: Deus factus sum (I have become God).” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘The I That Is God’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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10″The spiritual world is one single spirit who stands like unto a light behind the bodily world and who, when any single creature comes into being, shines thorugh it as through a window.” Aziz Nasafi, 13th century Islamic Persian mystic, quoted by Erwin Schroedinger in ‘The Oneness of Mind’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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11″We know, when God is experienced, this is an event as real as an immediate sense perception or as one’s own personality.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘The Oneness of Mind’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists(Ken Wilber, editor)
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12″Free will in man includes as its most relevant part man’s ethical behavior.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘Why Not Talk Physics?’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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13″Mind is, by its very nature, a singulare tantum. I should say: the overall number of minds is just one.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘The Oneness of Mind’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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14″The same elements compose my mind and the world. This situation is the same for every mind and its world, in spite of the unfathomable abundance of cross-references between them. The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘Why Not Talk Physics?’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists(Ken Wilber, editor)
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15″Mathematics is the archetype of the beauty of the world.” Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), quoted by Werner Heisenberg in ‘Science and the Beautiful’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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16″At that moment, when true Ideas rise up, there occurs in the soul of him who sees them an altogether indescribable process of the highest intensity. It is the amazed awe that Plato speaks of in the Phaedrus, with which the soul remembers, as it were, something it had unconsciously possessed all along.” Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), ‘Science and the Beautiful’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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17″To recognize is to compare the sense perception outside with the original pictures inside, and to judge that it conforms to them. Proclus has expressed the matter very finely in his simile of awakening, as from a dream. For just as the sensorily presented things in the oute world recall to us those which we formerly perceived in the dream, so also the mathematical relations given in sensibility call forth those intelligible archetypes which were already given inwardly beforehand, so that they now shine forth truly and vividly in the soul.” Kepler, ‘Harmony of the World’, quoted by Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), ‘Science and the Beautiful’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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18″The sages have affirmed in their wisdom that all creatures are to be brought to one substance.” Gerhard Dorn, medieval Alchemist, ‘Congeries Paracelsicae Chemicae’Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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19″In the images and likenesses of religion, we are dealing with a sort of language that makes possible an understanding of that interconnection of the world which can be traced behind the phenomena.” Werner Heisenberg, ‘Scientific and Religious Truth’Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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20″Religion proper speaks not of norms, but of guiding ideals, by which we should govern our conduct… These ideals do not spring from inspection of the immediately visible world but from the region of the structures lying behind it, which Plato spoke of as the world of Ideas, and concerning which we are told in the bible, ‘God is a spirit’.” Werner Heisenberg, ‘Scientific and Religious Truth’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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21″The search for the ‘one’, for the ultimate source of all understanding, has doubtless played a similar role in the origin of both religion and science.” Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), ‘The Debate between Plato and Democritus’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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22″Bisection and lessening of symmetry, that’s the poodle’s core. Dividing in two is a very old attribute of the devil. The word ‘doubtful’ is supposed to have originally meant ‘twofold’.” Wolfgang Pauli, 1945 winner of Nobel Prize in Physics Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

I entered into unknowing and there I remained…

I entered into unknowing,
and there I remained unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

1

I entered into unknowing,
yet when I saw myself there,
without knowing where I was,
I understood great things;
I will not say what I felt
for I remained in unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

2

That perfect knowledge
was of peace and holiness
held at no remove
in profound solitude;
it was something so secret
that I was left stammering,
transcending all knowledge.

3

I was so ‘whelmed,
so absorbed and withdrawn,
that my senses were left
deprived of all their sensing,
and my spirit was given
an understanding while not understanding,
transcending all knowledge.

4

He who truly arrives there
cuts free from himself;
all that he knew before
now seems worthless,
and his knowledge so soars
that he is left in unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

5

The higher he ascends
the less he understands,
because the cloud is dark
which lit up the night;
whoever knows this
remains always in unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

6

This knowledge in unknowing
is so overwhelming
that wise men disputing
can never overthrow it,
for their knowledge does not reach
to the understanding of not
understanding,
transcending all knowledge.

7

And this supreme knowledge
is so exalted
that no power of man or learning
can grasp it;
he who masters himself
will, with knowledge in
unknowing,
always be transcending.

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And if you should want to hear:
this highest knowledge lies
in the loftiest sense
of the essence of God;
this is a work of his mercy,
to leave one without
understanding,
transcending all knowledge.

~Saint John of the Cross (1542–1591)

Note from WikiPedia on the theologian Paul Tillich…

Note from WikiPedia on the theologian Paul Tillich and ‘God as the Ground of being’;

Tillich described God
(spatially) as the “Ground of Being” and (temporally) as the “Eternal Now,”[47] in tandem with the view that God is not an entity among entities but rather is “Being-Itself”—notions which Eckhart Tolle, for example, has invoked repeatedly ………were paradigmatically renovated by Tillich, although of course these ideas derive from Christian mystical sources as well as from ancient and medieval theologians such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas

“The problem with which you are faced is…

“The problem with which you are faced is one which concerns and seriously puzzles many of our present-day youth. How to attain spirituality is indeed a question to which every young man and woman must sooner or later try to find a satisfactory answer. It is precisely because no such satisfactory answer has been given or found, that the modern youth finds itself bewildered, and is being consequently carried away by the materialistic forces that are so powerfully undermining the foundations of man’s moral and spiritual life.

“Indeed the chief reason for the evils now rampant in society is the lack of spirituality. The materialistic civilization of our age has so much absorbed the energy and interest of mankind that people in general do no longer feel the necessity of raising themselves above the forces and conditions of their daily material existence. There is not sufficient demand for things that we call spiritual to differentiate them from the needs and requirements of our physical existence.
“The universal crisis affecting mankind is, therefore, essentially spiritual in its causes. The spirit of the age, taken on the whole, is irreligious. Man’s outlook on life is too crude and materialistic to enable him to elevate himself into the higher realms of the spirit.
“It is this condition, so sadly morbid, into which society has fallen, that religion seeks to improve and transform. For the core of religious faith is that mystic feeling which unites Man with God. Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87

This state of spiritual communion can be brought about and maintained by means of meditation and prayer.

And this is the reason why Bahá’u’lláh has so much stressed the importance of worship. It is not sufficient for a believer merely to accept and observe the teachings. He should, in addition, cultivate the sense of spirituality which he can acquire chiefly by means of prayer. The Bahá’í Faith, like all other Divine Religions, is thus fundamentally mystic in character. Directives from the Guardian. Its chief goal is the development of the individual and society, through the acquisition of spiritual virtues and powers. 87 It is the soul of man which has first to be fed. Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87

“Laws and institutions, as viewed by Bahá’u’lláh, can become really effective only when our inner spiritual life has been perfected and transformed. Otherwise religion will degenerate into a mere organization, and becomes a dead thing. Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87

Directives from the Guardian – Shoghi Effendi – India/Hawaii, 1973 edition, pp 86-87