Even though you’re not equipped,
equipment isn’t necessary on the way to the Lord.
Whoever you see engaged in search,
become her friend and cast your head in front of her,
for choosing to be a neighbour of seekers,
you become one yourself;
protected by conquerors,
you will yourself learn to conquer.
If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
don’t smile contemptuously upon its quest.
And of all your skills, and wealth and handicraft,
Weren’t they first merely a thought and a quest?
MATHNAWI III – 1445-49