Covered in Gold

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Once, there was a great pipe made of reed in the Temple of Jerusalem.  The pipe dated back to ancient times, and played exquisite music.  The king, knowing how valuable the pipe was, ordered it to be covered in gold.  But after it was, it no longer played great music.  So, they took the gold off, and it once again played well.

There was also a pair of copper symbols in the Temple that made an extraordinarily pleasing sound.  One day, the cymbals were damaged, and the people brought artists to repair them, and put gold on them.  But after they did that, the cymbals no longer produced such a magnificent sound.  So, they took the gold off, and then once again it made a great sound.

It is the same with our deeds.  It is the same with our worship.  It is the same with everything of virtue.  When we perform them with sincerity, they enhance us.  And when we extoll ourselves, we diminish them.


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