Whenever you entrust your heart to a thought,
something will be taken from you inwardly.
Whatever you think and acquire, the thief will
enter from that side where you feel safe.
So busy yourself with that which is better, so
that something less may be taken from you.
Translation by William Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany 1983
No matter what plans you make,
no matter what you acquire,
the thief will enter from the unguarded side.
Be occupied, then, with what you really value
and let the thief take something less.
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Threshold Books, 1994