The Master once told the story of a priceless antique bowl that fetched a fortune at a public auction. It had been used by a tramp who ended his days in poverty, quite unaware of the value of the bowl with which he begged for pennies.
When a disciple asked the Master what the bowl stood for, the Master said, “your self!”
Asked to elaborate, he said, “All your attention is focused on the penny-knowledge you collect from books and teachers. You would do better to pay attention to the bowl in which you hold it.”