Hunger gives pleasure, not fresh sweetmeats--
Hunger makes barley bread better than sugar. . . .
Pain renews old medicines and
lops off the branch of every indifference.
Pain is an alchemy that renovates--
where is indifference when pain intervenes?
Beware, do not sigh coldly in your indifference!
Seek pain! Seek pain, pain, pain!
-- Mathnawi VI: 4296, 4302-04
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983
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