Question Before Answer


No man can reveal to you anything but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather, he leads you to the threshold of your own mind.

The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.

The musician may lead you to the rhythm, which is in all of space, but he cannot give you the ear, which arrests the rhythm, nor the voice that echoes it.

A teacher who waits for his students to ask questions, as opposed to feeding the answer before it is asked, may find a student who learns more, for the student who has sought the wisdom deep in his or her own mind, and prepared the question with mindfulness and consideration, is truly ready for the teacher’s answer.

Often, a teacher teachers more by inspiring students to ask thoughtful questions, rather than provide the answers the student never asked.

So asking the question is as important as getting the answer.

Date Recorded: 
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Date Posted: 
Friday, July 28, 2017
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