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Q. What does ‘hear what can’t be spoken’ mean?

Q. What does ‘hear what can’t be spoken’ mean?

A. When you say that you know the right side, it means that you also know that there is also the left side. Arguing that you know the right side without knowing that there is the left side means that you don’t know what the right side is. Likewise, if you can’t hear what can’t be spoken, you can’t be said to hear what can be spoken.

When you speak, there is your speaking because there is also what is not your speaking. Your speaking becomes what is spoken by you because there is also what is not spoken by you just as red is red because there is also non-red colour. When you understand that your speaking is based on what is not spoken just as the right is based on the left, you can see that what can be spoken is one with what cannot be spoken. So, when you can hear what is spoken and what is not spoken at the same time, you are said to be able to hear things as they are and to hear with your eyes.

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Student: “Can you hear what is not spoken now?”
Master: “Of course.”
Student: “Can you say what is not spoken?”
Master: “Sure.”
Student: “Please, say what is not spoken.”
Master: “How can I say what is not spoken?”

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All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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