(Do not say to yourself), “So-and-so suddenly found a treasure; I would like the same:neither work nor shop (for me)!”
That (discovery of treasure) is Fortune’s doing (a piece of luck), and moreover it is rare: one must earn a living so long as the body is able.
How does earning a livelihood prevent the (discovery of) treasure? Do not retire from work: that (treasure), indeed, is (following) behind (the work).
Mathnawi II 733-735
Translated by R.A.Nicholson
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