|The reflection cast from good friends is needed|
until you become, without the aid of any reflector
a drawer of water from the Sea.
Know that the reflection is at first just imitation
but when it continues to recur
it turns into direct realization of truth.
Until it has become direct realization
don't part from the friends who guide you
Don't break away from the shell
if the raindrop hasn't yet become a pearl.
Mathnawi II: 566-568
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Threshold Books, 1994