Romania #1442: Heraclitus
(issued October 25, 1961)
"You could not discover the limits
of soul, even if you traveled every
road to do so; such is the depth of
its meaning." declared Heraclitus
in Fragment 42 of his Treatise
on Nature in my 1964 paperback
translated by Philip Wheelwright
highlighted with a yellow marker.
Other sayings I've marked in
yellow include Fragment 110
"No man ever steps in
the same river twice."
But the most memorable
of his quotes is Fragment 8
"I have searched myself." on page 19
to which I wrote "Have you found?"
Right opposite of this query
I wrote "19 years after posing
this question, I found the answer
in Plotinus's Enneads, IV:8:1"
"Heraclitus seems to teach by metaphor,
with the idea that it is for us to seek
within ourselves as he sought
for himself and found."
This revelation came at 1:30 pm
on September 3, 1986, overjoyed
by one great sage confirming
another of his awakening.
Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 4-1-2019