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Johannes Tauler

Geburtstag: 1300
Todesdatum: 1361

Johannes Tauler war ein deutscher Theologe, Mystiker und vor allem in Straßburg, Basel und Köln wirkender Prediger. Er war Dominikaner und zählte in seinem Orden zur neuplatonischen Strömung. Mit Meister Eckhart und Heinrich Seuse gehört er zu den bekanntesten Vertretern der spätmittelalterlichen deutschsprachigen Dominikaner-Spiritualität.

Ebenso wie Meister Eckhart geht Tauler von der Überzeugung aus, dass Gott im „Grund“ der menschlichen Seele dauerhaft – wenn auch gewöhnlich auf verborgene Weise – anwesend ist und daher dort erreicht werden kann. Voraussetzung für die innere Gotteserfahrung ist nach Taulers Lehre ein unablässiges Bemühen um Selbsterkenntnis. Die Selbsterkenntnis ermöglicht es, die Hindernisse, die der Begegnung mit Gott entgegenstehen, abzubauen. Die „Einkehr“, mit der man sich von weltlichen Bestrebungen abwendet, seinem Inneren zuwendet und Gelassenheit erlangt, bedeutet aber keineswegs eine Vernachlässigung der im Alltagsleben zu erfüllenden Aufgaben. Vielmehr sollen tätiges und beschauliches Leben eine unauflösliche Einheit bilden. Die nachdrückliche Aufwertung der Alltagsarbeit, insbesondere der gewöhnlichen Erwerbstätigkeit, die als integraler Bestandteil der Spiritualität aufgefasst wird, ist für Tauler charakteristisch.

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„Der Abgrund, der geschaffen ist, leitet in sich den ungeschaffenen Abgrund, und die zwei Abgründe werden ein einig Eins, ein lauteres göttliches Wesen, dann hat sich der Geist in Gottes Geist verloren, in dem grundlosen Meere ist er ertrunken.“

—  Johannes Tauler
über die "Unio mystica", die Vereinigung der Seele mit Gott schon im diesseitigen Leben. Johannes Tauler: "Predigten", übertragen und eingeleitet von Walter Lehmann, verlegt bei Eugen Diederichs, Jena 1913, Bd. 1, Predigt 41: Ascendit Jesus in naciculum quae erat Simonis, Seite 185 f.

„Become a fertile ground for the divine birth. Cherish this deep silence within, nourish it“

—  Johannes Tauler
Context: Become a fertile ground for the divine birth. Cherish this deep silence within, nourish it Cherish this deep silence within, nourish it frequently frequently. Quoted in "Johannes Tauler: Sermons" translated by Maria Shardy

„He draws them so mysteriously unto Himself and His own blessedness;
their spirits are so lovingly attracted, while they are at the same time so filled and transfused with the Godhead,
that they lose all their diversity in the Unity of the Godhead.
These are they to whom God makes their work here on earth a delight;
so that they have a real foretaste of that which they will enjoy forever.“

—  Johannes Tauler
Sermons, Context: When the spirit looks within, to the Spirit of God, from the ground of the heart, where man, empty and bare of all works, seeks God only, far above all thoughts, works and reason, it is truly a thorough conversion, which will ever be met with a corresponding reward, and God will be with him. Another conversion may take place in an ordinary external way, whenever man turns to God, thinking wholly and entirely of Him, and of nothing else but of God for Himself and in Himself. But the first turning is in an inner, undefined, unknown presence, in an immaterial entrance of the created spirit into the uncreated Spirit of God. If a man could only once in his life thus turn to God, it would be well for him. Those [[File:Antennae galaxies xl. jpg|154px|thumb|He draws them so mysteriously unto Himself and His own blessedness; their spirits are so lovingly attracted, while they are at the same time so filled and transfused with the Godhead, that they lose all their diversity in the Unity of the Godhead]] men whose God is so powerful, and Who has been so faithful to them in all their distress, will be answered by God with Himself. He draws them so mysteriously unto Himself and His own blessedness; their spirits are so lovingly attracted, while they are at the same time so filled and transfused with the Godhead, that they lose all their diversity in the Unity of the Godhead. These are they to whom God makes their work here on earth a delight; so that they have a real foretaste of that which they will enjoy forever. These are they on whom the Holy Christian Church rests; and, if they did not form part of Christianity, Christianity could no longer exist; for their mere existence, what they are, is infinitely worthier and more useful than all the doings of the world. These are they of whom our Lord has said: “He that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of Mine eye.” Therefore, take heed that ye do them no wrong. May God help us.

„The third stage is the transformation to a divine-like existence, into a unity of the created spirit with the very being of the spirit of God“

—  Johannes Tauler
Sermons, Sermon 3, Context: Now we intend to talk about The transformation to a divine-like existence, into a unity of the created spirit with the very being of the spirit of God - this one can call a conversion to an essentially higher plane the three stages that a person can be at - the lowest, the middle, or the highest. The first stage of an interior virtuous life that leads one directly to close proximity to God happens when a person turns to the marvelous works and signs of inexpressible gifts and effusions of the hidden goodness of God. Out of this is born a state of soul called jubilatio. The second stage is poverty of spirit and a strange abandonment by God that leaves the spirit tortured and naked. The third stage is the transformation to a divine-like existence, into a unity of the created spirit with the very being of the spirit of God. This one can call a conversion to an essentially higher plane. And one cannot imagine that those who right reach this stage could ever fall away from God.

„It is certain that if God is to be
born in the soul
it must turn back to eternity“

—  Johannes Tauler
Sermons, Context: It is certain that if God is to be born in the soul it must turn back to eternity…. It must turn in toward itself with all is might, must recall itself, and concentrate all its faculties within itself, the lowest as well as the highest. All its dissipated powers must be gathered up into one, because unity is It is certain that if God is to be born in the soul it must turn back to eternity strength.

„Children, to be truly in this stage is the deepest ground of genuine humility and annihilation. This, in truth, cannot be grasped by the senses. For here he receives the most“

—  Johannes Tauler
Sermons, Sermon 3, Context: Children, to be truly in this stage is the deepest ground of genuine humility and annihilation. This, in truth, cannot be grasped by the senses. For here he receives the most If we had here with us a human being in his primal nobility, pure as Adam in paradise... his simple nature unadorned — that person would be so luminous and pure, so ravishing and richly favoured by God that no one would be able to comprehend his purity nor with his reason conceive of it profound insight possible into his nothingness. Here he sinks as deep as it is possible into the ground of humility; the deeper, the higher, because here high and deep are one and the same... In this state one achieves true unity of prayer spoken of in the epistle that truly brings it about that a person becomes one with God

„This food of love draws the soul above distinction or difference, beyond resemblance to divine unity. This is what happens to the transfigured spirit.“

—  Johannes Tauler
Sermons, From Our Daily Bread, When the divine heat of love has drawn out all the moisture, heaviness, unfitness, then this holy food plunges such a one into the life of God. As Our Lord himself said to St Augustine, "I am the food of the strong: believe and feast on me. You will not change me into yourself; rather you will be changed into me".

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„In this stage the Lord leads a person out of himself into himself“

—  Johannes Tauler
Sermons, Sermon 3, Context: When our Lord has prepared a person in this unbearable state of misery - for this prepares him much better than all the spiritual practices that all people might be able to accomplish - then our Lord comes and leads him to the third stage. In this stage the Lord removes the cloak from his eyes and reveals the truth to him. Bright sunshine appears and lifts him right out of all his misery. It seems to this person just as though the Lord had raised him from the dead. In this stage the Lord leads a person out of himself into himself. He makes him forget all his former loneliness and heals all his wounds. God How can reason possibly grasp that immensity beyond all being where the precious food of the Eucharist is made one with us, drawing us wholly to itself and changing us into itself?... This food of love draws the soul above distinction or difference, beyond resemblance to divine unity draws the person out of his human mode into a divine mode, out of all misery into divine security. Here a person becomes so divinized that everything he is and does God does and is in him. And he is lifted up so far above his natural state that he becomes through Grace what God in his essence is by nature. In this state a person feels and is aware that he has lost himself and does not at all feel himself or is he aware of himself. He is aware of nothing but one simple Being.

„He is then led on a terribly wild path, very gloomy and forsaken. And on this path God takes back from him everything that he had ever given him. Then and there the person is left so completely to himself that he loses all notion of God and gets into such a distressful state that he cannot remember whether things had ever gone right for him, so as not to know any more if he were ever on the right path, whether he has a God or not, nor does he know if God does or does not exist, or if he is alive or dead and whether he is the same person; and he suffers such incredible pain that this whole wide world is too confining for him“

—  Johannes Tauler
Sermons, Sermon 3, Context: The second stage is like this: When God has drawn a person so far away from all things, and he is no longer a child and he has been strengthened with the comfort of sweetness. Then indeed one gives him coarse rye bread. He has become a man and has reached maturity. Solid, strong food is what is good and useful for a grown man. He Here a person becomes so divinized that everything he is and does, God does and is in him shouldn't be given milk and soft bread any longer, and such is withheld from him. He is then led on a terribly wild path, very gloomy and forsaken. And on this path God takes back from him everything that he had ever given him. Then and there the person is left so completely to himself that he loses all notion of God and gets into such a distressful state that he cannot remember whether things had ever gone right for him, so as not to know any more if he were ever on the right path, whether he has a God or not, nor does he know if God does or does not exist, or if he is alive or dead and whether he is the same person; and he suffers such incredible pain that this whole wide world is too confining for him. A very strange sorrow comes over him that makes him think that the whole world in its expanse oppresses him. He neither has any feeling for nor knowledge of God, and he has no liking for any other things and even all the rest seems repugnant to him, so that it seems that he is a prisoners between two walls. It seems to him that he is suspended between two walls with a sword in back of him and a sharp spear in front. What does he do then? He can go neither forward nor back. He can only sit down and say, "Hail, bitterer bitterness, full of grace!" If there could be hell in this life, this would seem to be more than hell - to be bereft of loving and the good thing loved. Anything that one might say to such a person would console him about as much as a stone. And he could stand even less hearing about He is lifted up so far above his natural state that he becomes through Grace what God in his essence is by nature. In this state a person feels and is aware that he has lost himself and does not at all feel himself or is he aware of himself. He is aware of nothing but one simple Being creatures. The more the sense of and feel for God stood formerly in the foreground, the greater and more unendurable are the bitterness and misery of this abandonment.

„All its dissipated powers must be gathered up into one, because unity is“

—  Johannes Tauler
Sermons, Context: It is certain that if God is to be born in the soul it must turn back to eternity…. It must turn in toward itself with all is might, must recall itself, and concentrate all its faculties within itself, the lowest as well as the highest. All its dissipated powers must be gathered up into one, because unity is It is certain that if God is to be born in the soul it must turn back to eternity strength.

„May God help us to prepare a dwelling place for this noble birth, so that we may all attain spiritual motherhood“

—  Johannes Tauler
Quoted in "Johannes Tauler: Sermons" translated by Maria May God help us to prepare a dwelling place for this noble birth, so that we may all attain spiritual motherhood Shardy

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