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  • یار آیینه ست جان را در حزن ** در رخ آیینه‏ای جان دم مزن‏
  • The friend is a mirror for the soul in sorrow: breathe not on the face of the mirror, O my soul!
  • تا نپوشد روی خود را در دمت ** دم فرو خوردن بباید هر دمت‏
  • Lest it cover its face to (conceal itself from) thee at once, thou must swallow (suppress) thy breath at every moment.
  • کم ز خاکی چون که خاکی یار یافت ** از بهاری صد هزار انوار یافت‏
  • Art thou less than earth? When a plot of earth finds a friend, that is, a springtide, it finds (gains) a hundred thousand flowers.
  • آن درختی کاو شود با یار جفت ** از هوای خوش ز سر تا پا شکفت‏
  • The tree that is united with a friend, that is, the sweet air (of spring), blossoms from head to foot;
  • در خزان چون دید او یار خلاف ** در کشید او رو و سر زیر لحاف‏ 35
  • In autumn, when it sees (meets with) a repugnant companion, it withdraws its face and head under the coverlet
  • گفت یار بد بلا آشفتن است ** چون که او آمد طریقم خفتن است‏
  • And says, “A bad comrade is (the means of) stirring up trouble: since he has come, my (best) course is to sleep.
  • پس بخسبم باشم از اصحاب کهف ** به ز دقیانوس باشد خواب کهف‏
  • Therefore I will sleep, I will be (like) one of the Men of the Cave (the Seven Sleepers): that prisoner of woe (that sorely distressed one) is better than Decianus.”
  • یقظه شان مصروف دقیانوس بود ** خوابشان سرمایه‏ی ناموس بود
  • Their time of waking was expended by (was at the disposal of) Decianus; their sleep was the capital (fundamental source) of their renown.
  • خواب بیداری ست چون با دانش است ** وای بیداری که با نادان نشست‏
  • Sleep, when it is accompanied by wisdom, is (spiritual) wakefulness; (but) alas for the man awake who consorts with the ignorant!
  • چون که زاغان خیمه بر بهمن زدند ** بلبلان پنهان شدند و تن زدند 40
  • When the crows pitch their tents on Bahman (January), the nightingales hide themselves and are mute,
  • ز آنکه بی‏گل‏زار بلبل خامش است ** غیبت خورشید بیداری کش است‏
  • Because the nightingale is silent without the rose-garden: the absence of the sun kills (the nightingale's) wakefulness.
  • آفتابا ترک این گلشن کنی ** تا که تحت الارض را روشن کنی‏
  • O sun, thou takest leave of this rose-garden (the earth) in order to illumine (the region) below the earth;
  • آفتاب معرفت را نقل نیست ** مشرق او غیر جان و عقل نیست‏
  • (But) the Sun of Divine knowledge has no motion: its place of rising is naught but the spirit and the intellect;
  • خاصه خورشید کمالی کان سری ست ** روز و شب کردار او روشنگری ست‏
  • Especially the perfect Sun which is of yonder (world of Reality): day and night its action is (giving) illumination.
  • مطلع شمس آی گر اسکندری ** بعد از آن هر جا روی نیکوفری‏ 45
  • If thou art an Alexander, come to the Sun's rising-place: after that, wheresoever thou goest, thou art possessed of goodly splendour.
  • بعد از آن هر جا روی مشرق شود ** شرقها بر مغربت عاشق شود
  • After that, wheresoever thou goest, ’twill become the place of sunrise: (all) the places of sunrise will be in love with thy place of sunset.
  • حس خفاشت سوی مغرب دوان ** حس در پاشت سوی مشرق روان‏
  • Thy bat-like senses are running towards the sunset; thy pearl-scattering senses are faring towards the sunrise.
  • راه حس راه خران است ای سوار ** ای خران را تو مزاحم شرم دار
  • The way of (physical) sense-perception is the way of asses, O rider: have shame, O thou that art jostling (vying) with asses!
  • پنج حسی هست جز این پنج حس ** آن چو زر سرخ و این حسها چو مس‏
  • Besides these five (physical) senses there are five (spiritual) senses: those (latter) are like red gold, while these (physical) senses are like copper.
  • اندر آن بازار کایشان ماهرند ** حس مس را چون حس زر کی خرند 50
  • In the bazaar where the people of the Last Congregation (on the Day of Judgment) are (purchasers), how should they buy the copper sense like (as though it were) the sense of gold?
  • حس ابدان قوت ظلمت می‏خورد ** حس جان از آفتابی می‏چرد
  • The bodily sense is eating the food of darkness; the spiritual sense is feeding from a Sun.
  • ای ببرده رخت حسها سوی غیب ** دست چون موسی برون آور ز جیب‏
  • O thou that hast borne the baggage of thy senses to the Unseen, put forth thy hand, like Moses, from thy bosom.
  • ای صفاتت آفتاب معرفت ** و آفتاب چرخ بند یک صفت‏
  • O thou whose attributes are (those of) the Sun of Divine knowledge, while the sun in heaven is confined to a single attribute,
  • گاه خورشید و گهی دریا شوی ** گاه کوه قاف و گه عنقا شوی‏
  • Now thou becomest the Sun, and now the Sea; now the mountain of Qáf, and now the ‘Anqá.
  • تو نه این باشی نه آن در ذات خویش ** ای فزون از وهمها و ز بیش بیش‏ 55
  • In thine essence thou art neither this nor that, O thou that art greater than (all) imaginations and more than (all) more!
  • روح با علم است و با عقل است یار ** روح را با تازی و ترکی چه کار
  • The Spirit is associated (endued) with knowledge and reason: what has the Spirit to do with Arabic and Turkish?
  • از تو ای بی‏نقش با چندین صور ** هم مشبه هم موحد خیره‏سر
  • Both the muwahhid (who asserts the transcendence of God) and the mushabbih (who asserts His immanence) are bewildered by thee, O thou who, being without image (external appearance), art (appearing) in so many forms.
  • گه مشبه را موحد می‏کند ** گه موحد را صور ره می‏زند
  • Sometimes He causes the mushabbih (who regards the forms in which God is immanent) to become a muwahhid (who regards God under the aspect of pure transcendance); sometimes (these) forms are waylaying the muwahhid (so that he cannot gain access to God who transcends all forms).
  • گه ترا گوید ز مستی بو الحسن ** یا صغیر السن یا رطب البدن‏
  • Sometimes Abu ’l-Hasan in drunkenness (ecstasy) says to thee, “O thou whose teeth are small (whose years are few), O thou whose body is tender!”
  • گاه نقش خویش ویران می‏کند ** از پی تنزیه جانان می‏کند 60
  • Sometimes he is laying waste (ruining and defacing) his own image: he is doing that in order to assert the transcendence of the Beloved (God).
  • چشم حس را هست مذهب اعتزال ** دیده‏ی عقل است سنی در وصال‏
  • The doctrine held by the eye of sense is Mu‘tazilism, whereas the eye of Reason is Sunnite (orthodox) in respect of (its) union (vision of God).
  • سخره‏ی حس‏اند اهل اعتزال ** خویش را سنی نمایند از ضلال‏
  • Those in thrall to sense-perception are Mu‘tazilites, (though) from misguidedness they represent themselves as Sunnites.
  • هر که در حس ماند او معتزلی ست ** گر چه گوید سنیم از جاهلی ست‏
  • Any one who remains in (bondage to) sense-perception is a Mu‘tazilite; though he may say he is a Sunnite, ’tis from ignorance.
  • هر که بیرون شد ز حس سنی وی است ** اهل بینش چشم عقل خوش پی است‏
  • Any one who has escaped from (the bondage of) sense-perception is a Sunnite: the man endowed with (spiritual) vision is the eye of sweet-paced (harmonious) Reason.
  • گر بدیدی حس حیوان شاه را ** پس بدیدی گاو و خر الله را 65
  • If the animal sense could see the King (God), then the ox and the ass would behold Allah.
  • گر نبودی حس دیگر مر ترا ** جز حس حیوان ز بیرون هوا
  • If, besides the animal sense, thou hadst not another sense outside of (unconditioned by) the desire of the flesh,
  • پس بنی آدم مکرم کی بدی ** کی به حس مشترک محرم شدی‏
  • Then how should the sons of Adam have been honoured? How by means of the common sense should they have become privileged (to know these mysteries)?
  • نامصور یا مصور گفتنت ** باطل آمد بی‏ز صورت رستنت‏
  • Your calling (God) “formless” (transcending forms) or “formed” (immanent in forms) is vain, without your departure from form (unless you yourself are freed from sense perception).
  • نامصور یا مصور پیش اوست ** کاو همه مغز است و بیرون شد ز پوست‏
  • (Whether God is) “formless” or “formed,” He is with him that is all kernel and has gone forth from the husk.
  • گر تو کوری نیست بر اعمی حرج ** ور نه رو کالصبر مفتاح الفرج‏ 70
  • If you are blind, ’tis no crime in the blind; (but) if not, go (persevere in purifying yourself), for patience is the key to success.
  • پرده‏های دیده را داروی صبر ** هم بسوزد هم بسازد شرح صدر
  • The medicine of patience will burn the veils over your eye and will also effect the opening of your breast (to Divine knowledge).
  • آینه‏ی دل چون شود صافی و پاک ** نقشها بینی برون از آب و خاک‏
  • When the mirror of your heart becomes clear and pure, you will behold images (which are) outside of (the world of) water and earth.
  • هم ببینی نقش و هم نقاش را ** فرش دولت را و هم فراش را
  • You will behold both the image and the image-Maker, both the carpet of (spiritual) empire and the carpet-Spreader.
  • چون خلیل آمد خیال یار من ** صورتش بت معنی او بت شکن‏
  • The phantom (seen in mystical vision) of my Friend seemed (to me) like Khalíl (Abraham)—its form an idol, its reality a breaker of idols.
  • شکر یزدان را که چون شد او پدید ** در خیالش جان خیال خود بدید 75
  • Thanks be to God that when he appeared, my spirit beheld in his phantom its own phantom (reflected image).
  • خاک درگاهت دلم را می‏فریفت ** خاک بر وی کاو ز خاکت می‏شکیفت‏
  • The dust of thy threshold was bewitching my heart: dust (woe) on him that was patient without thy dust!
  • گفتم ار خوبم پذیرم این از او ** ور نه خود خندید بر من زشت رو
  • I said, “If I am beautiful, I shall receive this (dust of Divine grace and love) from him; and if not, he has indeed laughed at ugly me.
  • چاره آن باشد که خود را بنگرم ** ور نه او خندد مرا من کی خرم‏
  • The (best) plan is this, that I look at myself (to see whether I am worthy of him); otherwise (if I am not worthy), he will laugh at me (and say), "How should I buy (desire thee)?”
  • او جمیل است و محب للجمال ** کی جوان نو گزیند پیر زال‏
  • He is beautiful and a lover of beauty: how should a fresh young man choose a decrepit old woman?
  • خوب خوبی را کند جذب این بدان ** طیبات و طیبین بر وی بخوان‏ 80
  • The Beautiful attracts the beautiful (to itself): know this (for sure). Recite thereon (the text) the good women for the good men.