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1883-1907

  • حسن ظنی بر دل ایشان گشود ** که نپوشند از عمی جامه‌ی کبود
  • He (God) hath revealed to their hearts such a good opinion (of Him) that they do not put on the blue garb (of mourning) on account of any sorrow.
  • سال کردن بهلول آن درویش را
  • How Buhlúl questioned a certain dervish.
  • گفت بهلول آن یکی درویش را ** چونی ای درویش واقف کن مرا
  • Buhlúl said to a certain dervish, “How art thou, O dervish? Inform me.”
  • گفت چون باشد کسی که جاودان ** بر مراد او رود کار جهان 1885
  • He said, “How should that one be, according to whose desire the work of the world goes on?—
  • سیل و جوها بر مراد او روند ** اختران زان سان که خواهد آن شوند
  • According to whose desire the torrents and rivers flow, and the stars move in such wise as he wills;
  • زندگی و مرگ سرهنگان او ** بر مراد او روانه کو بکو
  • And Life and Death are his officers, going to and fro according to his desire.
  • هر کجا خواهد فرستد تعزیت ** هر کجا خواهد ببخشد تهنیت
  • He sends (what entails) condolence wheresoever he will; he bestows (what entails) felicitation wheresoever he will.
  • سالکان راه هم بر گام او ** ماندگان از راه هم در دام او
  • The travellers on the Way (go) according to his pleasure; they that have lost the Way (are fallen) in his snare.
  • هیچ دندانی نخندد در جهان ** بی رضا و امر آن فرمان‌روان 1890
  • No tooth flashes with laughter in the world without the approval and command of that imperial personage.”
  • گفت ای شه راست گفتی همچنین ** در فر و سیمای تو پیداست این
  • He (Buhlúl) said, “O King, thou hast spoken truly: ’tis even so: this is manifest in thy (spiritual) radiance and (glorious) aspect.
  • این و صد چندینی ای صادق ولیک ** شرح کن این را بیان کن نیک نیک
  • Thou art this and a hundred times as much, O veracious one; but expound this (mystery) and explain it very well,
  • آنچنانک فاضل و مرد فضول ** چون به گوش او رسد آرد قبول
  • In such fashion that (both) the virtuous (wise) and the man given to vanity (folly) may assent when it comes to their ears.
  • آنچنانش شرح کن اندر کلام ** که از آن هم بهره یابد عقل عام
  • Expound it in thy discourse in such a way that the understanding of the vulgar may profit thereby.”
  • ناطق کامل چو خوان‌پاشی بود ** خوانش بر هر گونه‌ی آشی بود 1895
  • The perfect speaker is like one who distributes trays of viands, on whose table is every sort of food,
  • که نماند هیچ مهمان بی نوا ** هر کسی یابد غذای خود جدا
  • So that no guest remains without provisions, (but) each one gets his (proper) nourishment separately:
  • همچو قرآن که بمعنی هفت توست ** خاص را و عام را مطعم دروست
  • (Such a speaker is) like the Qur’án which is sevenfold in meaning, and in which there is food for the elect and for the vulgar.
  • گفت این باری یقین شد پیش عام ** که جهان در امر یزدانست رام
  • He (the dervish) said, “This at least is evident to the vulgar, that the world is subject to the command of God.
  • هیچ برگی در نیفتد از درخت ** بی قضا و حکم آن سلطان بخت
  • No leaf drops from a tree without the predestination and ordainment of that Ruler of Fortune.
  • از دهان لقمه نشد سوی گلو ** تا نگوید لقمه را حق که ادخلوا 1900
  • No morsel goes from the mouth towards the gullet till God says to that morsel, ‘Enter!’
  • میل و رغبت کان زمام آدمیست ** جنبش آن رام امر آن غنیست
  • The inclination and desire which is Man's nose-rein—its movement is subject to the command of that Self-sufficient One.
  • در زمینها و آسمانها ذره‌ای ** پر نجنباند نگردد پره‌ای
  • In (all) the earths and heavens not an atom moves a wing, not a straw turns,
  • جز به فرمان قدیم نافذش ** شرح نتوان کرد و جلدی نیست خوش
  • Save by His eternal and effectual command. To expound (this) is impossible, and presumption is not good.
  • کی شمرد برگ درختان را تمام ** بی‌نهایت کی شود در نطق رام
  • Who may number all the leaves of the trees? How may the Infinite become amenable to speech?
  • این قدر بشنو که چون کلی کار ** می‌نگردد جز بامر کردگار 1905
  • Hear this much, (however): since all action (in the universe) only comes to pass by the command of the Maker,
  • چون قضای حق رضای بنده شد ** حکم او را بنده‌ی خواهنده شد
  • When the predestination of God becomes the pleasure of His servant, he (the servant) becomes a willing slave to His decree,
  • بی تکلف نه پی مزد و ثواب ** بلک طبع او چنین شد مستطاب
  • Without tasking himself, and not on account of the (future) reward and recompense; nay, his nature has become so goodly.