Saturday, July 16, 2005

A Freshness in the Center of the Chest

There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teachers says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.
With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.
There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox.
A freshness in the center of the chest.
This other intelligence does not turn yellow
or stagnate. It's fluid and it doesn't move
from outside to inside through the conduits
of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.
--translated from 'Two Kinds of Intelligence,'
by the 13th century Afghan poet, Rumi


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