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Maulana Rumi

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    Between the human being and God are just two veils—health and wealth— all other veils come from these. Those who are healthy do not look for God and do not see Him, but as soon as pain afflicts them they cry out, “O God! O God!” calling out and surrendering to God. Therefore, health is their veil and God is hidden in their pain.

    As long as people have wealth, they gratify their desires, and are preoccupied night and day with pleasures. The moment poverty appears, their spirits are weakened and they turn to God.

    Drunkenness and poverty brought You to me, I am the slave of Your drunkenness and need!

    God granted to Pharaoh four hundred years of life, kingship and enjoyment. All that was a veil, which kept him far from the presence of God. He did not even experience a single day of disagreeableness and pain, so that he would completely forget God. God said, “Go on being preoccupied with your own desire, and do not even think of me. Good night!”

    King Solomon grew weary of his reign, But Job was never sated of his pain.

    TRANSLATION BY A. J. ARBERRY

    Between the human being and God are just two veils—health and wealth— all other veils come from these. Those who are healthy do not look for God and do not see Him, but as soon as pain afflicts them they cry out, “O God! O God!” calling out and surrendering to God. Therefore, health is their veil and God is hidden in their pain.

    As long as people have wealth, they gratify their desires, and are preoccupied night and day with pleasures. The moment poverty appears, their spirits are weakened and they turn to God.

    Drunkenness and poverty brought You to me, I am the slave of Your drunkenness and need!

    God granted to Pharaoh four hundred years of life, kingship and enjoyment. All that was a veil, which kept him far from the presence of God. He did not even experience a single day of disagreeableness and pain, so that he would completely forget God. God said, “Go on being preoccupied with your own desire, and do not even think of me. Good night!”

    King Solomon grew weary of his reign, But Job was never sated of his pain.

    TRANSLATION BY A. J. ARBERRY

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