I was working on a new section of the Meister Eckhart site, selecting and translating Eckhart’s Sayings , when the Forum‘s robot notified me that a new message has arrived. This message is the cause of the post that follows. Here is what I had been translating at the time for the Eckhart site: “It is much more necessary for Him to give than for us to receive, but we must not try for that [i. e. to receive], because the less we try or wish for it, the more God gives.”

St Maximus Confessor says “Blessed he who has understood truly that God Himself inside us, as in instruments, acts all deeds and all divine thinking (theoria), … without us contributing anything whatever, except for the disposition to the goods.” He who tries and puts a great effort, is also obliged to judge the effort and to justify or condemn himself. If to try-not-to-try would be also a trying and an effort, then some kind of madness must exist in the essence of a right action in order for it to be right. But, what kind of madness is not falsity and nightmare?