Sooner or later we reach the point where living the truth becomes more important than seeking it. Knowledge, techniques, and experiences pale in the face of riches of the heart. Learning must give way to being.
The story is told of the Persian rascal-sage Nasrudin, who found himself on the bow of a ferry boat with a pompous intellectual. Bloated with his own words, the scholar began to quiz and criticize Nasrudin’s education.
“Have you ever studied meteorology?” asked the professor.
“No, I haven’t.”
“Then you have wasted most of your life,” the academian chided. “Methodically capturing the wind can propel a sailing ship at astounding speeds.”
After a while, the professor inquired, “Have you ever studied oceanography?”
“Not at all.”
“Ah! What a waste of time! Awareness of the currents helped many ancient people find food and shelter.”
A few minutes later Nasrudin began to make his way toward the stem of the ship. On his way he nonchalantly asked the fellow, “Have you ever studied swimming?”
“Haven’t had the time,” the professor haughtily responded.
“Then you have wasted all your life. The boat is sinking.”