Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Wealth and the Heart

"Someone remarked to Ahmad Ghazali, 'You spend the whole day blaming this world and encouraging people to cut off their attachments, but you have several tethers of horses, mules, and donkeys. How do you explain that?' He replied, 'I have driven the tethers' pegs into the ground, not into my heart' "

- Tabsirat al-Mubtadi. A Sufi text written in Konya in 1260. Me & Rumi note 2.212, pg 331.

"Money—there should be a lot in your pocket, but none in your heart."

- Shaykh Muzaffar Ozak al-Jerrahi, quoted by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak in The World is Beautiful

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