Throw greed, jealousy, hatred out of your heart.
Evil thoughts and temper - let them go.
Deny this and you lose, so cut your losses.
Own this and your profits quickly grow.
#1459, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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