An exploration of Gelassenheit through Meister Eckhart and Martin Heidegger

This text centres around the term “Gelassenheit”, presenting 1) how Meister Eckhart, its progenitor, understood the term; 2) how it was adopted and adapted by Martin Heidegger; and 3) how it ties into the act of being released or letting go – specifically focusing on how releasement is understood in Heidegger’s texts and how we can cultivate it. Due to the inseparable nature of the act of being released and the state of Gelassenheit, these directions resist being disentangled, flowing throughout the text as if in a dance. Continue reading An exploration of Gelassenheit through Meister Eckhart and Martin Heidegger

Between conceptual and non-conceptual knowing – Husserl and Patañjali

Authors in the field of phenomenology often make passing glances or occasionally even directly reference certain teachings of the Eastern canon. In ‘The Idea of Phenomenology’ Edmund Husserl says that in his explication of a pure way of knowing based on intuition, we can be »reminded of the speech of the mystics when they describe the intellectual act of seeing that contains no discursive knowledge«. This article delves into some similarities and differences between Husserl’s phenomenological method and the yogic system as presented in The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali. Continue reading Between conceptual and non-conceptual knowing – Husserl and Patañjali