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974-998

  • 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.
  • جهد حق است و دوا حق است و درد ** منکر اندر نفی جهدش جهد کرد
  • Exertion is a reality, and medicine and disease are realities: the sceptic in his denial of exertion practised (and thereby affirmed) exertion.
  • مقرر شدن ترجیح جهد بر توکل‌‌
  • How the superiority of exertion to trust in God was established.
  • زین نمط بسیار برهان گفت شیر ** کز جواب آن جبریان گشتند سیر
  • The lion gave many proofs in this style, so that those necessitarians became tired of answering (him).
  • روبه و آهو و خرگوش و شغال ** جبر را بگذاشتند و قیل و قال‌‌
  • Fox and deer and hare and jackal abandoned (the doctrine of) necessity and (ceased from) disputation.
  • عهدها کردند با شیر ژیان ** کاندر این بیعت نیفتد در زیان‌‌
  • They made covenants with the furious lion, (ensuring) that he should incur no loss in this bargain,
  • قسم هر روزش بیاید بی‌‌جگر ** حاجتش نبود تقاضای دگر 995
  • (That) the daily ration should come to him without trouble, and that he should not need to make a further demand.
  • قرعه بر هر که فتادی روز روز ** سوی آن شیر او دویدی همچو یوز
  • Day by day the one on whom the lot fell would run to the lion as (swiftly as) a cheetah.
  • چون به خرگوش آمد این ساغر به دور ** بانگ زد خرگوش کاخر چند جور
  • When this cup (of death) came round to the hare, the hare cried out, “Why, how long (are we to endure this) injustice?”
  • انکار کردن نخجیران بر خرگوش در تاخیر رفتن بر شیر
  • How the beasts of chase blamed the hare for his delay in going to the lion.
  • قوم گفتندش که چندین گاه ما ** جان فدا کردیم در عهد و وفا
  • The company (of beasts) said to him: “All this time we have sacrificed our lives in troth and loyalty.