In the story that I had published at an earlier date under the same title, Mullah Nasrudin, the Sufi Mystic, illustrates that man ever tries to improve on his knowledge, his skills and techniques for careermanship, his capacities and statuses in life, but he may lack other basic but subtle knowledge without which he is in fact doing harm – nothing he touches ever turns to gold.
As narrated in that aforesaid story Nasrudin finds a hawk (the falcon) with a curved beak and talons (adaptations for the meat-eater birds). He has only seen pigeons before, and hence thinks this bird is deformed (spiritual sleep). He goes forth to cut its claws and beak until they are straight (the process of spiritual awakening).
The moral of the story was to highlight on the role of the Perfect Mystics and what they do with the metaphysical Teaching – they try to fit it into preconceptions. Just by the mere realization of this, one can begin to truly learn, in an instant.