Nothing but a figure of clay

Wealth has no permanence: it comes in the morning,
and at night it is scattered to the winds.
Physical beauty too has no importance,
for a rosy face is made pale by the scratch of a single thorn.
Noble birth also is of small account,
for many become fools of money and horses.
Many a nobleman’s son has disgraced his father by his wicked deeds.
Don’t court a person full of talent either,
even if he seems exquisite in that respect:
take warning from the example of Iblis.
Iblis had knowledge, but since his love was not pure,
he saw in Adam nothing but a figure of clay.

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Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”


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  • Irving

    An excellent reminder from Rumi’s lovely poem. There is nothing that is lasting except Allah.

    Ya Haqq!

  • Astarte

    The last shot: Al Pacino looks directly at the camera and says,
    “Vanity is definitely my favourite sin.”
    The credits start rolling.

    The Devil’s Advocate (1997).

  • Aadil

    Very deep and thought provoking! Keep englighting us!

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