What is sadness, that settles like dust
On hearts that are bitter and burdened?
The heart that holds God holds an ocean
Whose joyous waves make the earth turn.
#773, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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