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  • گفت اشتر چند داری چند گاو ** گفت نه این و نه آن ما را مکاو
  • He asked, “How many camels have you? How many oxen?” “I have neither these nor those,” he replied: “do not dig at me.”
  • گفت رختت چیست باری در دکان ** گفت ما را کو دکان و کو مکان‏ 3190
  • He said, “At any rate, what goods have you in your shop?” He answered, “Where have I a shop, and where a dwelling-place?”
  • گفت پس از نقد پرسم نقد چند ** که تویی تنها رو و محبوب پند
  • “Then,” said he, “I will ask about money. How much money (have you)?—for you are a solitary wanderer and one whose counsel is prized.
  • کیمیای مس عالم با تو است ** عقل و دانش را گهر تو بر تو است‏
  • With you is the elixir which changes the copper of the world (into) gold: understanding and knowledge are inlaid with pearls.”
  • گفت و الله نیست یا وجه العرب ** در همه ملکم وجوه قوت شب‏
  • “By God,” he replied, “O chief of the Arabs, in my whole property there is not the means of (buying) food for the night.
  • پا برهنه تن برهنه می‏دوم ** هر که نانی می‏دهد آن جا روم‏
  • I run about with bare feet and naked body. If any one will give me a loaf of bread—thither I go.
  • مر مرا زین حکمت و فضل و هنر ** نیست حاصل جز خیال و درد سر 3195
  • From this wisdom and learning and excellence (of mind) I have got nothing but phantasy and headache.”
  • پس عرب گفتش که شو دور از برم ** تا نبارد شومی تو بر سرم‏
  • Then the Arab said to him, “Begone far from my side, so that your ill-luck may not rain upon me.
  • دور بر آن حکمت شومت ز من ** نطق تو شرم است بر اهل زمن‏
  • Take far away from me that unlucky wisdom of yours: your speech is unlucky for (all) the people of the time.
  • یا تو آن سو رو من این سو می‏دوم ** ور ترا ره پیش من واپس روم‏
  • Either go you in that direction, and I will run in this direction; or if your way be forwards, I will go back.
  • یک جوالم گندم و دیگر ز ریگ ** به بود زین حیله‏های مرده‏ریگ‏
  • One sack of wheat and the other of sand is better for me than these vain contrivings.
  • احمقی‏ام بس مبارک احمقی است ** که دلم با برگ و جانم متقی است‏ 3200
  • My foolishness is a very blessed foolishness, for my heart is well furnished (with spiritual graces) and my soul is devout.”
  • گر تو خواهی کت شقاوت کم شود ** جهد کن تا از تو حکمت کم شود
  • If thou desire that misery should vanish (from thee), endeavour that wisdom should vanish from thee—
  • حکمتی کز طبع زاید وز خیال ** حکمتی بی‏فیض نور ذو الجلال‏
  • The wisdom which is born of (human) nature and phantasy, the wisdom which lacks the overflowing grace of the Light of the Glorious (God).
  • حکمت دنیا فزاید ظن و شک ** حکمت دینی برد فوق فلک‏
  • The wisdom of this world brings increase of supposition and doubt; the wisdom of the Religion bears (one) above the sky.
  • زوبعان زیرک آخر زمان ** بر فزوده خویش بر پیشینیان‏
  • The ingenious rascals of (this) latter time have aggrandised themselves over the ancients;
  • حیله آموزان جگرها سوخته ** فعل‏ها و مکرها آموخته‏ 3205
  • The (apt) learners of cunning have burnt (consumed) their hearts (in study) and have learned feints and tricks;
  • صبر و ایثار و سخای نفس و جود ** باد داده کان بود اکسیر سود
  • They have thrown to the winds patience and altruism and self-sacrifice and generosity—(qualities) which are the elixir of (spiritual) profit.
  • فکر آن باشد که بگشاید رهی ** راه آن باشد که پیش آید شهی‏
  • The (right) thought is that which opens a way: the (right) way is that on which a (spiritual) king advances.
  • شاه آن باشد که از خود شه بود ** نه به مخزنها و لشکر شه شود
  • The (true) king is he that goes into the presence of the King, and is not made king by treasuries and armies;
  • تا بماند شاهی او سرمدی ** همچو عز ملک دین احمدی‏
  • So that his kingship remains unto everlasting, like the glory of the empire of the Mohammedan Religion.
  • کرامات ابراهیم ادهم بر لب دریا
  • The miracles of Ibráhím son of Adham on the seashore.
  • هم ز ابراهیم ادهم آمده ست ** کاو ز راهی بر لب دریا نشست‏ 3210
  • Thus, it is related of Ibráhím son of Adham that after a journey he sat down (to rest) by the edge of the sea.
  • دلق خود می‏دوخت آن سلطان جان ** یک امیری آمد آن جا ناگهان‏
  • (Whilst) that spiritual king was stitching his mantle, an Amír suddenly came to that spot.
  • آن امیر از بندگان شیخ بود ** شیخ را بشناخت سجده کرد زود
  • That Amír had been one of the Shaykh's servants; he recognized the Shaykh and at once bowed low.
  • خیره شد در شیخ و اندر دلق او ** شکل دیگر گشته خلق و خلق او
  • He was astounded at the Shaykh and at his dervish garb— (for) his nature and outward guise had become transformed—
  • کاو رها کرد آن چنان ملک شگرف ** بر گزید آن فقر بس باریک حرف‏
  • (Marvelling) that he gave up such a grand kingdom, and chose that very pettifogging (spiritual) poverty;
  • ترک کرد او ملک هفت اقلیم را ** می‏زند بر دلق سوزن چون گدا 3215
  • (And why) he renounced the sovereignty of the Seven Climes, and plies the needle on his dervish-cloak, like a beggar.
  • شخ واقف گشت از اندیشه‏اش ** شیخ چون شیر است و دلها بیشه‏اش‏
  • The Shaykh became aware of his thought: a Shaykh is as the lion, and (people's) hearts are his jungle.
  • چون رجا و خوف در دلها روان ** نیست مخفی بر وی اسرار جهان‏
  • He is entering, like hope and fear, into (their) hearts: not hid from him are the secrets of the world.
  • دل نگه دارید ای بی‏حاصلان ** در حضور حضرت صاحب دلان‏
  • Keep watch over your hearts, O fruitless ones, in the presence of the majesty of the men of heart (saints).
  • پیش اهل تن ادب بر ظاهر است ** که خدا ز ایشان نهان را ساتر است‏
  • Before the men of body (worldings), respect is (shown) outwardly, for God is veiling the occult from them.
  • پیش اهل دل ادب بر باطن است ** ز انکه دلشان بر سرایر فاطن است‏ 3220
  • Before the men of heart (saints), respect is (shown) inwardly, because their hearts have insight into the secret thoughts.
  • تو بعکسی پیش کوران بهر جاه ** با حضور آیی نشینی پایگاه‏
  • Thou art contrariwise: for the sake of (worldly) position thou comest with reverence before them that are blind (to spiritual things), and sittest in the vestibule;
  • پیش بینایان کنی ترک ادب ** نار شهوت را از آن گشتی حطب‏
  • (But) before the seers thou behavest disrespectfully: hence thou hast become fuel for the fire of lust.
  • چون نداری فطنت و نور هدی ** بهر کوران روی را می‏زن جلا
  • Since thou hast not (spiritual) perception and the light of (Divine) guidance, continue to polish (cleanse and brighten) thy face for the sake of the blind!
  • پیش بینایان حدث در روی مال ** ناز می‏کن با چنین گندیده حال‏
  • Before the seers, daub thy face with dirt! Act haughtily (towards them) notwithstanding such a stinking state (as thou art in)!
  • شیخ سوزن زود در دریا فگند ** خواست سوزن را به آواز بلند 3225
  • The Shaykh quickly threw his needle into the sea, and with a loud voice called for the needle.
  • صد هزاران ماهی اللهیی ** سوزن زر در لب هر ماهیی‏
  • Myriads of Divine fishes—in the lips of each fish a needle of gold—
  • سر بر آوردند از دریای حق ** که بگیر ای شیخ سوزنهای حق‏
  • Lifted their heads from God's sea, saying, “Take, O Shaykh, God's needles.”
  • رو بدو کرد و بگفتش ای امیر ** ملک دل به یا چنان ملک حقیر
  • He turned his face towards him (the Amír) and said to him, “O Amír, is the kingdom of the heart (spirit) better, or such a despicable kingdom (as I once possessed)?”
  • این نشان ظاهر است این هیچ نیست ** تا بباطن در روی بینی تو بیست‏
  • This (miracle) is the outward sign, this is nothing: wait till you enter the inward (shrine and) see (what is there)!
  • سوی شهر از باغ شاخی آورند ** باغ و بستان را کجا آن جا برند 3230
  • From the garden they bring to town (only) a branch: how should they carry thither the (whole) garden and orchard?—
  • خاصه باغی کاین فلک یک برگ اوست ** بلکه این مغز است وین عالم چو پوست‏
  • Especially, a Garden whereof this heaven is (but) one leaf; nay, that is the kernel, and this world) is as the husk.
  • بر نمی‏داری سوی آن باغ گام ** بوی افزون جوی و کن دفع زکام‏
  • (If) you are not stepping on (briskly) towards that Garden, seek more scent, and get rid of (your) rheum,
  • تا که آن بو جاذب جانت شود ** تا که آن بو نور چشمانت شود
  • In order that that scent may draw your soul (thither); in order that that scent may become the light of your eyes.
  • گفت یوسف ابن یعقوب نبی ** بهر بو ألقوا علی وجه أبی‏
  • For the scent's sake Joseph, son of Jacob the prophet, said: “Cast (my shirt) upon my father's face.”
  • بهر این بو گفت احمد در عظات ** دایما قرة عینی فی الصلاة 3235
  • For this scent's sake Ahmad (Mohammed) constantly said in (his) exhortations: “In the ritual prayer is the delight of mine eye.”
  • پنج حس با همدگر پیوسته‏اند ** ز انکه این هر پنج از اصلی رسته‏اند
  • The five (spiritual) senses are linked with one another, all these five have grown (are derived) from a sublime root (source).
  • قوت یک قوت باقی شود ** ما بقی را هر یکی ساقی شود
  • The strength of one becomes the strength of the rest: each one becomes a cupbearer to the rest.
  • دیدن دیده فزاید عشق را ** عشق در دیده فزاید صدق را
  • Seeing with the eye increases love; love increases penetration in the eye.