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The fair and the foul within

 Within the human being is a jungle.
You, born of the Divine Breath, be aware.
Wolves and pigs by the thousands are within,
the fair and the foul.
What dominates you is what you are.
If your gold outweighs your copper,
you will be known as gold.  Whatever you most are
is the form in which you will resurrect.

Bisheh-’i āmad vojud-e ādami
bar hazar shaw zin vojud ar zān dami
Dar vojud-e mā hazārān gorg o khuk
sāleh o nā-sāleh va khub o khashuk
Hokm ān khvor ast kān ghāleb-tarast
chonke zar pish az mes āmad ān zarast
Sirati kān dar vojudat ghālebast
ham bar ān tasvir hashrat vājebast

         Rumi's Mathnawi II: 1416-1419
              Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
     (Rumi is the most-read poet in the United States)      

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