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966-990

  • گفت من از خشم کی کردم نظر ** از تعجب دیدمش در رهگذر
  • Azrael said, “When did I look (on him) angrily? I saw him as I passed by, (and looked at him) in astonishment,
  • که مرا فرمود حق که امروز هان ** جان او را تو به هندستان ستان‌‌
  • For God had commanded me, saying, ‘Hark, to-day do thou take his spirit in India.’
  • از عجب گفتم گر او را صد پر است ** او به هندستان شدن دور اندر است‌‌
  • From wonder I said (to myself), ‘(Even) if he has a hundred wings, ’tis a far journey for him to be in India (to-day).’”
  • تو همه کار جهان را همچنین ** کن قیاس و چشم بگشا و ببین‌‌
  • In like manner judge of all the affairs of this world and open your eye and see!
  • از که بگریزیم از خود ای محال ** از که برباییم از حق ای وبال‌‌ 970
  • From whom shall we flee? From ourselves? Oh, absurdity! From whom shall we take (ourselves) away? From God? Oh, crime!
  • باز ترجیح‌‌نهادن شیر جهد را بر توکل و فواید جهد را بیان کردن‌‌
  • How the lion again declared exertion to be superior to trust in God and expounded the advantages of exertion.
  • شیر گفت آری و لیکن هم ببین ** جهدهای انبیا و مومنین‌‌
  • “Yes,” said the lion; “but at the same time consider the exertions of the prophets and the true believers.
  • حق تعالی جهدشان را راست کرد ** آن چه دیدند از جفا و گرم و سرد
  • God, exalted is He, prospered their exertion and what they suffered of oppression and heat and cold.
  • حیله‌‌هاشان جمله حال آمد لطیف ** کل شی‌‌ء من ظریف هو ظریف‌‌
  • Their plans were excellent in all circumstances: everything done by a goodly man is goodly.
  • دامهاشان مرغ گردونی گرفت ** نقصهاشان جمله افزونی گرفت‌‌
  • Their snares caught the Heavenly bird, all their deficiencies turned to increment.”
  • جهد می‌‌کن تا توانی ای کیا ** در طریق انبیا و اولیا 975
  • O master, exert thyself so long as thou canst in (following) the way of the prophets and saints!
  • با قضا پنجه زدن نبود جهاد ** ز آن که این را هم قضا بر ما نهاد
  • Endeavour is not a struggle with Destiny, because Destiny itself has laid this (endeavour) upon us.
  • کافرم من گر زیان کرده ست کس ** در ره ایمان و طاعت یک نفس‌‌
  • I am an infidel if any one has suffered loss a single moment (while walking) in the way of faith and obedience.
  • سر شکسته نیست این سر را مبند ** یک دو روزک جهد کن باقی بخند
  • Your head is not broken: do not bandage this head. Exert yourself (in doing good works) for one or two little days (i.e. during this brief life), and laugh unto everlasting!
  • بد محالی جست کاو دنیا بجست ** نیک حالی جست کاو عقبی بجست‌‌
  • An evil resort sought he that sought this world; a good state sought he that sought the world to come.
  • مکرها در کسب دنیا بارد است ** مکرها در ترک دنیا وارد است‌‌ 980
  • Plots for gaining (the things of) this world are worthless, (but) plots for renouncing this world are inspired (by God).
  • مکر آن باشد که زندان حفره کرد ** آن که حفره بست آن مکری ست سرد
  • The (right) plot is that he (the prisoner) digs a hole in his prison (in order to escape); if he blocks up the hole, that is a foolish plot.
  • این جهان زندان و ما زندانیان ** حفره کن زندان و خود را وارهان‌‌
  • This world is the prison, and we are the prisoners: dig a hole in the prison and let yourself out!
  • چیست دنیا از خدا غافل بدن ** نی قماش و نقره و میزان و زن‌‌
  • What is this world? To be forgetful of God; it is not merchandise and silver and weighing-scales and women.
  • مال را کز بهر دین باشی حمول ** نعم مال صالح خواندش رسول‌‌
  • As regards the wealth that you carry for religion's sake, “How good is righteous wealth (for the righteous man)!” as the Prophet recited.
  • آب در کشتی هلاک کشتی است ** آب اندر زیر کشتی پشتی است‌‌ 985
  • Water in the boat is the ruin of the boat, (but) water underneath the boat is a support.
  • چون که مال و ملک را از دل براند ** ز آن سلیمان خویش جز مسکین نخواند
  • Since he cast out from his heart (the desire for) wealth and possessions, on that account Solomon did not call himself (by any name) but “poor.”
  • کوزه‌‌ی سر بسته اندر آب زفت ** از دل پر باد فوق آب رفت‌‌
  • The stoppered jar, (though) in rough water, floated on the water because of its wind-filled (empty) heart.
  • باد درویشی چو در باطن بود ** بر سر آب جهان ساکن بود
  • When the wind of poverty is within (any one), he rests at peace on the surface of the water of the world;
  • گر چه جمله‌‌ی این جهان ملک وی است ** ملک در چشم دل او لا شی است‌‌
  • Although the whole of this world is his kingdom, in the eye of his heart the kingdom is nothing.
  • پس دهان دل ببند و مهر کن ** پر کنش از باد کبر من لدن‌‌ 990
  • Therefore stopper and seal the mouth of your heart, and fill it with the wind of Divine Majesty.