Two Kinds of Intelligence

 

 

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 conduits of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.

 

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
(1207 – 1273 )
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drunk with God

 

At night we fall into each other with such grace.


When it’s light, you throw me back
like you do your hair.

Your eyes now drunk with God,

breath
mine with looking at you,
one drunkard takes care of another.

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
(1207 – 1273 )

English version by Coleman Barks
Original Language Persian/Farsi