Seasons of Peace
Poems from Rumi
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Two Kinds of Intelligence
There are two kinds of intelligence:
as a child in school
memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from
what the teacher says,
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.
and it doesn't move
from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.
This second knowing
is a fountainhead from within you,
From The Essential Rumi, page 178. Translated by Coleman Barks.
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