> Both Amelius and Porphyry were very much taken with religious movements, ritual, and oracles of all sorts. Plotinus did not share these interests: Amelius became keen on sacriﬁcial rites and went out doing the rounds of the temples at the New Moon and the religious feasts. He once wanted to take Plotinus with him, but Plotinus said, ‘they [the gods] should come to me, not I to them’. We were not able to understand what he might have meant with such grand words and we did not dare to ask him. (Life, 10. 33–8)
>The soul: what dubious questions concerning it admit of solution, or where we must abide our doubt- with, at least, the gain of recognizing the problem that confronts us- this is matter well worth attention. On what subject can we more reasonably expend the time required by minute discussion and investigation? Apart from much else, it is enough that such an enquiry illuminates two grave questions: of what sphere the soul is the principle, and whence the soul itself springs. Moreover, we will be only obeying the ordinance of the God who bade us know ourselves.
Divine overflow. Man doesn't have to constantly send messages up to the Gods and invoke them, because the One [God] is already manifest in the world, whose Being is its "offspring." The One can "be seen as far as it can become an object of contemplation" and "The One is not in some place, depriving all the rest of its presence. It is present to all those who can touch it and absent only to those who cannot."
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