Peace, one and all…
You attain to knowledge by argument
You attain a craft or skill by practice.
If what you want is righteous poverty,
that’s won by sohbat, not by hand or tongue.
The knowledge of it passes soul to soul
not by way of talk or reams of notes.
Although its signs are in the seeker’s heart
the seeker does not learn to read those signs
until his heart becomes exposed to light.
Then God reveals ‘Did We not expose’
for We exposed the chambers of your breast
and placed the exposition in your heart.
Masnavi 5.1062-1067, trans. Franklin Lewis