Prudence

Always exercise prudence, for it can prevent any remorse and regret engendered by loss or failure. So many who have initiated projects have regretted their actions or blamed fate, just because they failed to assess their situation prudently and competently. Such people are doubly in error: for inadequate deliberation and then for criticizing fate.

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Holding One’s Tongue

Talking too much is a personality defect stemming from mental and spiritual imbalance. Use precise words that will not confuse the listener’s mind, and do not use more words than necessary to convey the intend­ed message. Indeed, using many words may even be harmful, for the more words you use, the greater the chance of contra­diction, which will confuse the listener even more. This will not benefit the listener; on the contrary, it will work to his or her detriment.

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Humility

Humble and modest people are highly regarded by the created and the Creator. Haughty and self-con­ceited people, who belittle others and are arro­gant, are always disliked by the created and punished by the Creator.

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Morals

Morals are a set of noble principles that originate in high spirituality and govern human conduct. For this reason, people who neglect spirituality, and therefore lack spiritual values, cannot sustain conduct in accordance with these principles.

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Love

Love is one of the most subtle blessings that the Most Merciful One has bestowed upon humanity. It exists in everyone as a seed. This seed germinates under favorable circumstances and, growing like a tree, blossoms into a flower, and finally ripens, like a fruit, to unite the beginning with the end.

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Balancing the Spiritual and the Physical

The true life is the one lived at the spiritual level. Those whose hearts are alive, conquering the past and the future, cannot be contained by time. Such people are never excessively distressed by sorrows of the past or anxieties of the future. Those who cannot experi­ence full existence in their hearts, and thus lead banal, shal­low lives, are always gloomy and inclined to hopelessness. They consider the past a horrifying grave, and the future an endless well. It is torment if they die, and it is torment if they survive.

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Victory of Goodness and Beauty

Goodness, beauty, truthfulness, honesty, and being virtuous are the essence of the world. Whatever happens, the world will one day find this essence, for no one can prevent such an event. 

The True Long Life

The really long-lived are not those who live long but those who can make their lives as fruitful as possible. In view of this standard, as there may be those who, though a hundred years old, are truly short-lived, it is also possible that there are those who, though only fifteen years old, have been able to attain to the highest degrees by dedi­cating their lives to giving as many fruits as possible.