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From the Signs of Bliss… October 7, 2007

Posted by shadows15 in Gems and Jewels, Weekly Wisdom.
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From the signs of bliss and success is that a person, whenever he grows in knowledge, he grows in humility and compassion. Whenever he grows in action, he grows in fear and caution. Whenever he grows in age, he diminishes in avarice. Whenever he grows in wealth, he grows in generosity and in giving. Whenever he grows in strength and status, he grows in drawing closer to people so as to help fulfill their needs and to be of service to them.

From the signs of misery is that a person, whenever he grows in knowledge, he grows in pride and arrogance. Whenever he grows in action, he grows in boasting; viewing others with contempt and having an inflated opinion of himself. Whenever he grows in age, he grows in avarice. Whenever he grows in wealth, he grows in miserliness. And whenever he grows in strength and status, he grows in arrogance.

-Gems from Ibn al-Qayyim

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