Rumi – 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.”

Rumi (XIIIth. C.)


Translation by Coleman Barks.

8 thoughts on “Rumi – Two kinds of intelligence”

  1. Beautiful. In Sanskrit there is a word “apara vidya” vidya = knowledge — and apara is that about the world outside and para or the highest is knowledge (intelligence or knowing?) the Supreme….the Self…our trues selves. Thank you for sharing these mystic words and reminding us that our Home is right here, right now.

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      1. You are such a global citizen with such deep wisdom at all levels. Vidya is used more broadly – it can even refer to skills like music, dance, art, science. Thank you from my heart – dearest one for your presence and light!

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