Are misfortunes worth wailing over?
O helpless one, give up wailing over a misfortune, and put your
trust in God.
Know that wailing compounds the misfortune and is a great error.
If you have found Him Who gives you the misfortune, then this
misfortune will be a gift bringing pleasure and happiness.
So give up wailing and thank God like the nightingale, then
all flowers will smile at you.
If you find Him not, know the whole world is all pain and loss
coming from that destitution.
So why wail over a small misfortune while upon you rests a world-wide
responsibility? Rather, put your trust in God!
Then, trusting in Him, laugh in the face of the misfortune so
that it too will laugh.
As it laughs, it will diminish and change.
Know, O selfish one, happiness in this world lies in forsaking
If you know God and seek Him, this will be enough; then all
things will be for you even if you abandon them.
If you are selfish, this is total loss, and whatever you do,
all things will be against you.
So, in either case, you should forsake the world.
Forsaking the world means to regard it as Godís property and
deal with it with His permission, in His name...
If you want to do profitable business, it is in making your
mortal life eternal.
If you seek your selfhood, it is both rotten and without foundation.
If you seek the outer world, upon it is the stamp of ephemerality.
So, nothing is worth purchasing in this market where the goods
are all rotten.
So pass on... Beyond it, the sound goods are all lined up...