A seeker came to see the Sufi master Ahmad Yasawi.
"I want to learn without books and without teachers," the man said. "That way nothing will stand between me and the Truth; I want to be enlightened by the Truth directly."
Ahmad Yasawi smiled at the foolish man. "But do you eat without a mouth? Are you nourished without a stomach? How would you eat if you did not have a mouth? What would be the point of eating without a stomach? You have all those physical organs for a reason, just as books and teachers exist for a reason."
Inspired by: Seeker After Truth by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is on p. 3 in the book. You can read more about Ahmad Yasavi here.