الرسالة ۶۸

و من كتاب له عليه السلام إلى سلمان الفارسي رحمه الله قبل أيام خلافته

اما بعد فانما مثل الدنیا مثل الحیه لین مسها قاتل سمها فاعرض عما یعجبک فیها لقله ما یصحبک منها و ضع عنک همومها لما ایقنت به من فراقها (و تصرف حالاتها) و کن آنس ما تکون بها احذر ما تکون منها فان صاحبها کلما اطمان فیها الى سرور اشخصته عنه الى محذور (او الى ایناس ازالته عنه الى ایحاش و السلام)

Letter 68

A Letter from Imam Ali (a.s)

[Imam Ali (a) wrote this letter to Salman al-Farsi, before his caliphate.] This world is like serpent - so soft to touch yet so lethal in its bite. Therefore, try to avoid those things of this place which please you or allure you because this world will be with you for a very short time and will be of very little use to you. Do not keep your mind fully engrossed in mundane affairs because you know for certain that you will shortly leave this world. Be most wary and cautious of this vicious world at times when it allures and pleases you the most because it is an old trick of this world that when a man is most happy with pleasure of owning and possessing it, it suddenly deserts him and when a man is most confident of its protection, help and love, it certainly forsakes him.