“The fragility and brevity of life struck me once again, and I recalled another rule: ‘Life is a tempory loan, and this world is nothing but a sketcy imatation of Reality. Only children would mistake a toy for the real thing. And yet human beings either become infatuated with the toy or disrespectfully break it and throw it aside. In this life stay away from all kinds of extremities, for they will distroy your inner balance’.
‘–Sufis do not go to extremities, for they will distroy your inner-balance’.”
The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi, by: Elif Shafak, pp.116-17.