A sluggard once approached a fasting saint
And, baffled by despair, made this complaint:
“The devil is a highwayman, a thief,
Who’s ruined me and robbed me of belief.”
The saint replied: “Young man, the devil too
Has made his way here to complain – of you.
“My province is the world, ” I heard him say;
“Tell this new pilgrim of God’s holy way
To keep his hands off what is mine. If I
Attack him it’s because his fingers pry
In my affairs; if he will leave me be,
He’s no concern of mine and can go free.”

Farid Ud-Din Attar

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