Today's Beautiful Gem: "Teaching" by Kahlil Gibran

"Then said a teacher, Speak to us of Teaching. And he said:
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies
half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher
who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers,
gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his
lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter
the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold
of your own mind. The astronomer may speak to you of his
understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.
The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all
space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the
rhythm nor the voice that echoes it. And he who is versed
in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight
and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither. For the vision
of one man lends not its wings to another man. And even as
each one of you stands alone in God's knowledge, so must each
one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his
understanding of the earth."

Om Santih! Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao