road to salvation. Even if you do not travel the road, at least
keep the road open. Do not say that you have gone astray.
Take the straight way, and there will be no crookedness.
Straightness is the quality of Moses' staff; the kinks are in the
staves of the sorcerers: when straightness comes it devours all
the others. If you have done evil you have done it to yourself.
How could the evil you have done ever reach Him? When a bird
perches on a mountaintop and then flies away, what has the
mountain gained or lost? When you straighten yourself out,
nothing else remains. Do not abandon hope."
-Jalal al-Din Rumi, "Signs of the Unseen", trans. Wheeler Thackston, pp. 9-10.