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  • پرتو حق است آن معشوق نیست ** خالق است آن گوییا مخلوق نیست‌‌
  • She (woman) is a ray of God, she is not that (earthly) beloved: she is creative, you might say she is not created.
  • تسلیم کردن مرد خود را به آن چه التماس زن بود از طلب معیشت و آن اعتراض زن را اشارت حق دانستن: بنزد عقل هر داننده‌‌ای هست که با گردنده گرداننده‌‌ای هست‌‌
  • How the man yielded to his wife's request that he should seek the means of livelihood, and regarded her opposition (to him) as a Divine indication. (Verse): To the mind of every knowing man it is a fact that with the revolving object there is one that causes it to revolve.
  • مرد ز آن گفتن پشیمان شد چنان ** کز عوانی ساعت مردن عوان‌‌
  • The man became as sorry for that speech (of his) as at the hour of death a tyrannical officer (is sorry) for his tyranny.
  • گفت خصم جان جان چون آمدم ** بر سر جان من لگدها چون زدم‌‌
  • He said, “How did I become the adversary of (her who is) the life of my soul? How did I bestow kicks on the head of my soul?”
  • چون قضا آید فرو پوشد بصر ** تا نداند عقل ما پا را ز سر 2440
  • When the (Divine) destiny comes, it muffles the sight, so that our intellect cannot distinguish foot from head.
  • چون قضا بگذشت خود را می‌‌خورد ** پرده بدریده گریبان می‌‌درد
  • As soon as the destiny is past, it (the intellect) devours itself (with grief): rending the veil (without regard for appearances), it tears its bosom.
  • مرد گفت ای زن پشیمان می‌‌شوم ** گر بدم کافر مسلمان می‌‌شوم‌‌
  • The man said, “O wife, I am repenting: if I have been an infidel, I will (now) become a Moslem.
  • من گنه‌‌کارم توام رحمی بکن ** بر مکن یک بارگیم از بیخ و بن‌‌
  • I am a sinner against thee: have mercy, do not dig me up all at once from root and foundation (do not bring me to utter ruin).”
  • کافر پیر ار پشیمان می‌‌شود ** چون که عذر آرد مسلمان می‌‌شود
  • If the old infidel is repenting, he becomes a Moslem when he pleads for pardon.
  • حضرت پر رحمت است و پر کرم ** عاشق او هم وجود و هم عدم‌‌ 2445
  • He (God) is the merciful and bountiful Lord: both existence and non-existence are in love with Him.
  • کفر و ایمان عاشق آن کبریا ** مس و نقره بنده‌‌ی آن کیمیا
  • (Both) infidelity and faith are lovers of that Majesty, both copper and silver are slaves to that Elixir.
  • در بیان آن که موسی و فرعون هر دو مسخر مشیت‌‌اند چنان که زهر و پادزهر و ظلمات و نور و مناجات کردن فرعون به خلوت تا ناموس نشکند
  • Explaining that both Moses and Pharaoh are subject to the Divine Will, like poison and antidote and darkness and light, and how Pharaoh conversed in solitude with God, praying that He would not destroy his (good) reputation.
  • موسی و فرعون معنی را رهی ** ظاهر آن ره دارد و این بی‌‌رهی‌‌
  • Moses and Pharaoh were servants (worshippers) of Reality, (though) outwardly the former keeps the way (is rightly guided), while the latter has lost the way.
  • روز موسی پیش حق نالان شده ** نیم شب فرعون گریان آمده‌‌
  • In the daytime Moses was making lament (supplication) to God: at midnight Pharaoh would begin to weep,
  • کاین چه غل است ای خدا بر گردنم ** ور نه غل باشد که گوید من منم‌‌
  • Saying, “O God, what shackle is this on my neck? Were it not for the shackle, who would say ‘I am I’?
  • ز آن که موسی را منور کرده‌‌ای ** مر مرا ز آن هم مکدر کرده‌‌ای‌‌ 2450
  • By that (will) whereby Thou hast made Moses to be illumined, by that (same will) Thou hast made me to be darkened;
  • ز آن که موسی را تو مه رو کرده‌‌ای ** ماه جانم را سیه رو کرده‌‌ای‌‌
  • By that whereby Thou hast made Moses' face like the moon Thou hast made the moon of my soul to be black-faced (eclipsed).
  • بهتر از ماهی نبود استاره‌‌ام ** چون خسوف آمد چه باشد چاره‌‌ام‌‌
  • My star was not better than a moon (so that it should be exempt from eclipse): since it has suffered eclipse, what help have I?
  • نوبتم گر رب و سلطان می‌‌زنند ** مه گرفت و خلق پنگان می‌‌زنند
  • If they beat drums in my honour (proclaiming me) as Lord and Sultan, (’tis like as when) the moon is eclipsed and the people beat bowls (of metal).
  • می‌‌زنند آن طاس و غوغا می‌‌کنند ** ماه را ز آن زخمه رسوا می‌‌کنند
  • They beat those bowls and raise a clamour: they put the moon to shame by their blows.
  • من که فرعونم ز شهرت وای من ** زخم طاس آن ربی الاعلای من‌‌ 2455
  • I, who am Pharaoh, oh, woe is me because of (what is being done by) the people: my (title of) ‘My supreme Lord’ is (like) the blows on the bowl (since it proclaims my eclipse).
  • خواجه‌‌تاشانیم اما تیشه‌‌ات ** می‌‌شکافد شاخ را در بیشه‌‌ات‌‌
  • We (Moses and I) are fellow-servants (to Thee), but Thy axe is cleaving the boughs in Thy forest;
  • باز شاخی را موصل می‌‌کند ** شاخ دیگر را معطل می‌‌کند
  • Then it makes one bough to be grafted (on to another), another bough to be left uncared for.
  • شاخ را بر تیشه دستی هست نی ** هیچ شاخ از دست تیشه جست نی‌‌
  • The bough has no power against the axe: no bough escaped from the power of the axe.
  • حق آن قدرت که آن تیشه تراست ** از کرم کن این کژیها را تو راست‌‌
  • (I entreat Thee) by the truth of the might which belongs to Thy axe, do Thou graciously make these crooked (perverse) actions (of ours) straight (righteous).”
  • باز با خود گفته فرعون ای عجب ** من نه در یا ربناام جمله شب‌‌ 2460
  • Once more Pharaoh said to himself, “Oh, wonderful! Am not I (occupied) the whole night in (crying) ‘O our Lord’?
  • در نهان خاکی و موزون می‌‌شوم ** چون به موسی می‌‌رسم چون می‌‌شوم‌‌
  • In secret I am growing humble and harmonious: when I reach Moses, how am I becoming (so different)?
  • رنگ زر قلب ده‌‌تو می‌‌شود ** پیش آتش چون سیه رو می‌‌شود
  • The colour (gilt) of base gold is (laid on) in ten coats: how is it becoming black-faced in the presence of the fire?
  • نی که قلب و قالبم در حکم اوست ** لحظه‌‌ای مغزم کند یک لحظه پوست‌‌
  • Is it not (true) that my heart (spirit) and body are under His control, (so that) at one moment He makes me a kernel, at another moment a rind?
  • سبز گردم چون که گوید کشت باش ** زرد گردم چون که گوید زشت باش‌‌
  • When He bids me be a cornfield, I become green; when He bids me be ugly, I become yellow.
  • لحظه‌‌ای ماهم کند یک دم سیاه ** خود چه باشد غیر این کار اله‌‌ 2465
  • At one moment He makes me a moon, at another black.” How, indeed, is the action of God other than this?
  • پیش چوگانهای حکم کن فکان ** می‌‌دویم اندر مکان و لامکان‌‌
  • Before the (blows of the) bat of His decree, “Be, and it was,” we are running (like balls) in Space and beyond.
  • چون که بی‌‌رنگی اسیر رنگ شد ** موسیی با موسیی در جنگ شد
  • Since colourlessness (pure Unity) became the captive of colour (manifestation in the phenomenal world), a Moses came into conflict with a Moses.
  • چون به بی‌‌رنگی رسی کان داشتی ** موسی و فرعون دارند آشتی‌‌
  • When you attain unto the colourlessness which you (originally) possessed, Moses and Pharaoh are at peace (with each other).
  • گر ترا آید بر این نکته سؤال ** رنگ کی خالی بود از قیل و قال‌‌
  • If it occurs to you to ask questions about this mystery, (I reply), how should (the world of) colour be devoid of contradiction?
  • این عجب کاین رنگ از بی‌‌رنگ خاست ** رنگ با بی‌‌رنگ چون در جنگ خاست‌‌ 2470
  • The marvel is that this colour arose from that which is colourless: how did colour arise to war with the colourless?
  • چون که روغن را ز آب اسرشته‌‌اند ** آب با روغن چرا ضد گشته‌‌اند
  • The original source of oil (the oil producing tree) is made to grow by means of water: how (then) does it (oil) finally become opposed to water?
  • چون گل از خار است و خار از گل چرا ** هر دو در جنگند و اندر ماجرا
  • Since the rose springs from the thorn, and the thorn from the rose, why are both of them at war and (engaged) in recrimination?
  • یا نه جنگ است این برای حکمت است ** همچو جنگ خر فروشان صنعت است‌‌
  • Or is this not (really) war? Is it for (the Divine) purpose, (and is it) an artifice, like the bickering of those who sell asses?
  • یا نه این است و نه آن حیرانی است ** گنج باید جست این ویرانی است‌‌
  • Or is it neither this nor that? Is it bewilderment? The treasure must be sought and this (bewilderment) is the ruin (where it is hidden).
  • آن چه تو گنجش توهم می‌‌کنی ** ز آن توهم گنج را گم می‌‌کنی‌‌ 2475
  • That which you imagine to be the treasure—through that vain imagination you are losing the treasure.
  • چون عمارت دان تو وهم و رایها ** گنج نبود در عمارت جایها
  • Know that fancies and opinions are like the state of cultivation: treasure is not (to be found) in cultivated spots.
  • در عمارت هستی و جنگی بود ** نیست را از هستها ننگی بود
  • In the state of cultivation there is existence and strife (contrariety): the non-existent is ashamed of (all) existent things.
  • نی که هست از نیستی فریاد کرد ** بلکه نیست آن هست را واداد کرد
  • It is not the case that the existent implored help against (sought to escape from) nonexistence; nay, (’twas) the non-existent (that) repelled the existent.
  • تو مگو که من گریزانم ز نیست ** بلکه او از تو گریزان است بیست‌‌
  • Do not say, “I am fleeing from the non-existent”; nay, it is fleeing from you. Stop! (Do not fancy yourself to be fleeing.)
  • ظاهرا می‌‌خواندت او سوی خود ** وز درون می‌‌راندت با چوب رد 2480
  • Outwardly it is calling you towards itself, but inwardly it is driving you away with the cudgel of rejection.
  • نعلهای باژگونه ست ای سلیم ** نفرت فرعون می‌‌دان از کلیم‌‌
  • O man of sound heart (mind), ’tis (a case of) reversed shoes: know that Pharaoh's abhorrence (of Moses) was (really) from (caused by) Moses.
  • سبب حرمان اشقیا از دو جهان که خسر الدنیا و الآخرة
  • The reason why the unblest are disappointed of both worlds, (according to the text) “he has lost this life and the life to come.”
  • چون حکیمک اعتقادی کرده است ** کاسمان بیضه زمین چون زرده است‌‌
  • The wretched philosopher being firmly convinced that the sky is an egg and the earth like its yolk,
  • گفت سائل چون بماند این خاکدان ** در میان این محیط آسمان‌‌
  • Some one asked him how this earth remains, in the midst of this surrounding expanse of sky,
  • همچو قندیلی معلق در هوا ** نی به اسفل می‌‌رود نی بر علی‌‌
  • Suspended in the air like a lamp, moving neither to the bottom nor to the top.
  • آن حکیمش گفت کز جذب سما ** از جهات شش بماند اندر هوا 2485
  • The philosopher said to him, “It remains in the air because of the attraction exerted by the sky from (all) six directions.
  • چون ز مغناطیس قبه‌‌ی ریخته ** در میان ماند آهنی آویخته‌‌
  • (The sky is) like a vault moulded (made) of lodestone: (the earth like) a suspended piece of iron remains in the middle.”