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 (companionship), not by hand or tongue.
The knowledge of it passes soul to soul,
not by way of talk or reams of notes.
Although it’s 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? [Surah Ash-Sharh, 94:1]
for We have exposed the chambers of your breast
and placed that exposition in your heart.
-Rumi: Swallowing the Sun