Be your own good fortune

(Even) if you are fortunate and a powerful monarch,(yet) Fortune is other than you: one day Fortune goes,

And you are left destitute like beggars. Be you your own fortune, O elect one!

When you are your own fortune , O man of Reality, then how will you, who are Fortune, lose yourself?

How will you lose yourself, O man with goodly qualities, when your Essence has become your kingdom and riches?

Translated by R.A Nicholson

Masnewi IV-1109-1112




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