Giving thanks for abundance
is sweeter than the abundance itself.
Should one who is absorbed with the Generous One
be distracted by the gift?
Thankfulness is the soul of beneficence;
abundance is but the husk,
for thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives.
Abundance yields heedlessness;
hunt for bounty with the snare of gratitude to the King.
— Mathnawi III:2895-2897
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”