Two Kinds of intelligences by Rumi
Two kinds of intelligence
From Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
From the book Rumi, The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks
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. The 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.
The second knowing is a fountainhead
From within you, you moving out.