POEMS: “Two Kinds of Intelligence” by Rumi


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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 the conduits of plumbing-learning.
This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.


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  1. Marvelous and the second one that is what our Soul is. Words of truth spoken by none other than the perfect spiritual master, Rumi.

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    1. That is so true dear Kamal! Our inner Light and Soul, with all the wisdom that flows from above! ❤

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      1. So true and our inner Light shines at all times only we are absent from it. Welcome Amira.

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