There were once two men seeking wisdom under the tutelage of an ancient master. He brought them into a dark room. In the center were two metal lamps, each containing a flickering flame.
"Grip your lamp by the base, endure the heat, and gaze into the flame," instructed the master. "If your faith wavers and you look away, or your strength fails and you let go, even for an instant, you will be lost. You will never be wise. But gaze at the flame and, if you prevail, you will know truth."
And the master left them.
The two men gripped their lamps, and gazed into the light. Soon the lamps grew hot from the fire within, and began to burn their hands.
One man let go and stood up. "Aha!" cried the faithful man, as he continued to grip his lantern. "You have shown yourself too weak to become wise."
"Who is wise, the one who holds fire, or the one who lets go?"
The faithless man's eyes adjusted to the dark, and he saw that he was in a library, filled with books. He took his lantern by the handle, and began reading them by it's light. "There are books here!" he said.
The kneeling man became furious. "You have damned yourself to ignorance, don't tempt me to join you! I hold the truth in my hands. I find myself growing wiser already- a feeling you will never comprehend."
The standing man read all that he could, and then went into the next room. There waited the master.
"Master, why did you tell us to be blinded by the lanterns when truth was elsewhere?"
The Master looked at his pupil. "Because, wise as I am, I know that if I tell a man the truth, all he may do is believe it. And truth lies not in believing, but in seeking."
"But Master, he is harming himself by gripping the lamp."
"A true believer is willing to inflict great harm- our friend, at least, will harm only himself, until he finds his common sense."
So go and seek the truth; And do so first by releasing belief.