It is said that Borzuy a physician in ancient Iran read a book of the Hindus where it was written that there was an herb on a mountain in India that when sprinkled on a dead body would bring it back to life. After searching through India and finding no such way to everlasting life Borzuy asked a sage of India to explain what the book actually meant. The sage said, the herb is the scientist; science is the mountain, everlasting out of reach of the multitude. The corpse is the man without knowledge, for the uninstructed man is everywhere lifeless. Through knowledge man becomes revivified.

From Shahnameh - The Epic of the Kings by Ferdowsi from 1000 as translated by Reuben Levy

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