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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.


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