Rumi - Two Kinds of Intelligence

24 Nov 2014 11:35 AM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

[read during the Fall 2014 WPHP class retreat day]

There are two kinds of intelligence:  

One acquired, as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts

from books  and from what the teacher 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


The Essesential Rumi, Translation by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, Harper, San Francisco, 1995.



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