Absence of Covetousnes
Unjust desire to covet others’ honest wealth At once ruins home and begets evil. Those who deem injustice a shame, Refrain from covetousness that brings blame. They will not sin for fleeting pleasures Who seek eternal joy. Their senses conquered, The clear-eyed cite not their poverty to covet. Of what avail is a keen and sharp intellect, If greed seizes one to covet? Even he whom grace beckons, if beckoned by greed, Will perish beckoned with evil. Avoid wealth though greed. Out of it comes no good. Do not covet another's wealth If you would keep your own un-shrunk. Fortune finds the worth and draws near to those Who know the worth of non-coveting. Mindless coveting brings ruin. The pride of freedom from desire yields success.