You can be the poorest man in terms of material wealth and yet be a champion of the spirit in this life.
In ancient times, it is said, even kings and emperors would bow down at the feet of an illiterate sage.
Illiterate means unlearned, uneducated.
Now, a king doesn't bow down to anybody except God, so he must be at least wise enough to know whose feet he is bowing down to, or be compelled by some power to put his head at the sage's feet.
Human beings search for greatness based upon human concepts, conditioning and achievements.
A sage may have nothing. He is empty, but the force of his mere presence alone will draw those to him who have even a spark of attraction to the Supreme.
The sage doesn't point you to university—he pulls you into the Universal Heart.