The meanest earning that goes on in the world,
is it ever practiced without the guidance of a master?
It begins with knowledge and is followed by action
That it may yield fruit after a while or after death.
Apprentice yourself, O possessor of intelligence,
To a generous and righteous craftsman.
Seek the pearl in the oyster-shell, my brother,
And seek craftsmanship from the skilled.
If you meet sincere spiritual counselors,
Deal fairly with them, and be eager to learn:
Don’t put on any airs.
If a tanner wears a threadbare coat,
That doesn’t diminish the master’s mastery;
If the blacksmith with massive biceps
Wears a patched apron while flexing the bellows,
His reputation doesn’t plummet in people’s eyes,
So strip the raiment of pride from your body:
In learning, put on the garment of humility.
Rumi – Mathnawi
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