"Don't think you're above them,"
I told my heart.
Be a balm for their wounds, don't be a barb.
Unless you want their harm to come to you,
Give up bad words, bad teaching, and bad thought.
#1021: From Rumi's
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)