Your old grandmother says,
“Maybe you shouldn’t go to school. You look a little pale.”
Run when you hear that.
A father’s stern slaps are better.
Your bodily soul wants comforting.
The severe father wants spiritual clarity.
He scolds but eventually leads you into the open.
Pray for a tough instructor.
- Rumi, Mathnawi, VI 1430-1445.
Translated by Coleman Barks