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1461-1485

  • پس محل وحی گردد گوش جان ** وحی چه بود گفتنی از حس نهان‌‌
  • Then the spiritual ear becomes the place where wahy (inspiration) descends. What is wahy? A speech hidden from sense-perception.
  • گوش جان و چشم جان جز این حس است ** گوش عقل و گوش ظن زین مفلس است‌‌
  • The spiritual ear and eye are other than this sense-perception, the ear of (discursive) reason and the ear of opinion are destitute of this (inspiration).
  • لفظ جبرم عشق را بی‌‌صبر کرد ** و آن که عاشق نیست حبس جبر کرد
  • The word “compulsion” (jabr) made me impatient (uncontrollable) for love's sake, while it confined in (the prison of) compulsion him who is not a lover.
  • این معیت با حق است و جبر نیست ** این تجلی مه است این ابر نیست‌‌
  • This is union with God, and it is not compulsion: this is the shining forth of the moon, this is not a cloud.
  • ور بود این جبر جبر عامه نیست ** جبر آن اماره‌‌ی خودکامه نیست‌‌ 1465
  • And if this be compulsion, it is not the compulsion of (suffered by) the vulgar: it is not the compulsion of (exerted by) the evil-commanding self-willed (soul).
  • جبر را ایشان شناسند ای پسر ** که خدا بگشادشان در دل بصر
  • O son, (only) they know (the real meaning of) compulsion in whose hearts God has opened the sight (of the spiritual eye).
  • غیب و آینده بر ایشان گشت فاش ** ذکر ماضی پیش ایشان گشت لاش‌‌
  • To them the unseen and the future became manifest; to them recollection of the past became naught.
  • اختیار و جبر ایشان دیگر است ** قطره‌‌ها اندر صدفها گوهر است‌‌
  • Their free-will and compulsion is different (from that of ordinary men): in oyster-shells drops (of rain) are pearls.
  • هست بیرون قطره‌‌ی خرد و بزرگ ** در صدف آن در خرد است و سترگ‌‌
  • Outside (of the shell) it is a drop of water, small or great, (but) within the shell it is a small or big pearl.
  • طبع ناف آهو است آن قوم را ** از برون خون و درونشان مشکها 1470
  • Those persons have the nature of the muskdeer's gland: externally they are (as) blood, while within them is the fragrance of musk.
  • تو مگو کاین مایه بیرون خون بود ** چون رود در ناف مشکی چون شود
  • Do not say, “This substance externally is blood: how should it become a musky perfume when it goes into the gland?”
  • تو مگو کاین مس برون بد محتقر ** در دل اکسیر چون گیرد گهر
  • Do not say, “This copper externally was despicable: how should it assume nobility in the heart (midst) of the elixir?”
  • اختیار و جبر در تو بد خیال ** چون در ایشان رفت شد نور جلال‌‌
  • In thee (the matter of) free-will and compulsion was a (mere) fancy, (but) when it went into them it became the light of (Divine) Majesty.
  • نان چو در سفره ست باشد آن جماد ** در تن مردم شود او روح شاد
  • When bread is (wrapped) in the tablecloth it is the inanimate thing (so-called), (but) in the human body it becomes the glad spirit (of life).
  • در دل سفره نگردد مستحیل ** مستحیلش جان کند از سلسبیل‌‌ 1475
  • It does not become transmuted in the heart of (within) the table-cloth: the (animal) soul transmutes it with (the water of) Salsabíl.
  • قوت جان است این ای راست خوان ** تا چه باشد قوت آن جان جان‌‌
  • O thou who readest aright, such is the power of the soul: what, then, must be the power of that Soul of soul?
  • گوشت پاره‌‌ی آدمی با عقل و جان ** می‌‌شکافد کوه را با بحر و کان‌‌
  • The piece of flesh which is Man, endowed with intelligence and soul, cleaves the mountain by means of water-channel and mine.
  • زور جان کوه کن شق حجر ** زور جان جان در انشق القمر
  • The strength of the mountain-riving soul is (shown in) the splitting of rocks; the strength of the Soul of soul in the moon was split asunder.
  • گر گشاید دل سر انبان راز ** جان به سوی عرش سازد ترک تاز
  • If the heart should open the lid of the wallet of (this) mystery, the soul would rush (in rapture) towards the highest heaven.
  • اضافت کردن آدم آن زلت را به خویشتن که ربنا ظلمناو اضافت کردن ابلیس گناه خود را به خدا که بما أغويتنی
  • How Adam imputed that fault (which he had committed) to himself, saying, “O Lord, we have done wrong,” and how Iblís imputed his own sin to God, saying, “Because Thou hast seduced me.”
  • کرد حق و کرد ما هر دو ببین ** کرد ما را هست دان پیداست این‌‌ 1480
  • Consider both the action of God and our action. Regard our action as existent. This is manifest.
  • گر نباشد فعل خلق اندر میان ** پس مگو کس را چرا کردی چنان‌‌
  • If the action of created beings be not in the midst (obviously existent), then say not to any one, “Why have you acted thus?
  • خلق حق افعال ما را موجد است ** فعل ما آثار خلق ایزد است‌‌
  • The creative act of God brings our actions into existence: our actions are the effects of the creative act of God.
  • ناطقی یا حرف بیند یا غرض ** کی شود یک دم محیط دو عرض‌‌
  • A speaker perceives either the letter (the literal form and articulation of his speech) or the purport (the meaning and intention of it): how should he comprehend two accidents (both the form and the meaning) at once?
  • گر به معنی رفت شد غافل ز حرف ** پیش و پس یک دم نبیند هیچ طرف‌‌
  • If he goes (turns his mind) to the spirit, he becomes unheedful of the letter: no eye sees forward and backward at the same moment.
  • آن زمان که پیش بینی آن زمان ** تو پس خود کی ببینی این بدان‌‌ 1485
  • At the time when you look in front, how at the same time can you look behind you? Recognise this.