Simplicity, silence, natural eloquence

Porphyry relates this anecdote about his spiritual guide Plotinus:

One day, when Origen came into his class, Plotinus blushed from head to toe, and made as if to stand up and put an end to the class. When Origen urged him to continue, Plotinus said, “One’s desire to talk is reduced when one knows that one is about to speak to people who already know what he is going to say.”

It is best to keep silence when one understands you, for what is there to say? If one then speaks, is he not already repeating himself?

This morning, during sitting meditation, we watched the sun draw near. The sun had nothing to say. We listened to it.

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