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1427-1476

  • نیست آن سو رنج فکرت بر دماغ ** که دماغ و عقل روید دشت و باغ
  • In that quarter the trouble of thinking is. not (incumbent) on the brain, for (there) the brain and intellect (spontaneously) produce fields and orchards (of spiritual knowledge).
  • سوی دشت از دشت نکته بشنوی ** سوی باغ آیی شود نخلت روی
  • (If you turn) towards the field, you will hear from the field a subtle discourse; (if) you come to the orchard, your palm- tree will become fresh and flourishing.
  • اندرین ره ترک کن طاق و طرنب ** تا قلاوزت نجنبد تو مجنب
  • In this Way abandon ostentation: do not move unless your (spiritual) guide move.
  • هر که او بی سر بجنبد دم بود ** جنبشش چون جنبش کزدم بود 1430
  • Any one who moves without the head (guide) is a (mere) tail (base and contemptible): his movement is like the movement of the scorpion.
  • کژرو و شب کور و زشت و زهرناک ** پیشه‌ی او خستن اجسام پاک
  • Going crookedly, night-blind and ugly and venomous—his trade is the wounding of the pure bodies (of the unworldly).
  • سر بکوب آن را که سرش این بود ** خلق و خوی مستمرش این بود
  • Beat the head of him whose inmost spirit is (like) this, and whose permanent nature and disposition is (like) this.
  • خود صلاح اوست آن سر کوفتن ** تا رهد جان‌ریزه‌اش زان شوم‌تن
  • In sooth ‘tis good for him to beat this head (of his), so that his puny-soul may be delivered from that ill-starred body.
  • واستان آن دست دیوانه سلاح ** تا ز تو راضی شود عدل و صلاح
  • Take away the weapons from the madman’s hand, that Justice and Goodness may be satisfied with you.
  • چون سلاحش هست و عقلش نه ببند ** دست او را ورنه آرد صد گزند 1435
  • Since he has weapons and has no understanding, shackle his hand; otherwise he will inflict a hundred injuries.
  • بیان آنک حصول علم و مال و جاه بدگوهران را فضیحت اوست و چون شمشیریست کی افتادست به دست راه‌زن
  • Explaining that the acquisition of knowledge and wealth and rank by men of evil nature is the (means of) exposing him (such a one) to shame and ü like a sword that has fallen into the hand of a brigand.
  • بدگهر را علم و فن آموختن ** دادن تیغی به دست راه‌زن
  • To teach the evil-natured man knowledge and skill is to put a sword in the hand of a brigand.
  • تیغ دادن در کف زنگی مست ** به که آید علم ناکس را به دست
  • It is better to put a sword in the hand of an intoxicated negro than that knowledge should come into the possession of a worthless person.
  • علم و مال و منصب و جاه و قران ** فتنه آمد در کف بدگوهران
  • Knowledge and wealth and office’ and rank and fortune are a mischief in the hands of the evil-natured.
  • پس غزا زین فرض شد بر ممنان ** تا ستانند از کف مجنون سنان
  • Therefore the Holy War was made obligatory on the true believers for this purpose, (namely) that they might take the spear-point from the hand of the madman.
  • جان او مجنون تنش شمشیر او ** واستان شمشیر را زان زشت‌خو 1440
  • His (the evil-natured man's) spirit is (like) the madman, and his body is (like) his (the madman's) sword: take away the sword from that wicked man!
  • آنچ منصب می‌کند با جاهلان ** از فضیحت کی کند صد ارسلان
  • How should a hundred lions inflict the shame which (high) office inflicts upon the ignorant?
  • عیب او مخفیست چون آلت بیافت ** مارش از سوراخ بر صحرا شتافت
  • His vice is hidden, (but) when he got the instrument (gained power), his snake, (coming out) from its hole, sped along the plain.
  • جمله صحرا مار و کزدم پر شود ** چونک جاهل شاه حکم مر شود
  • The entire plain is filled with snakes and scorpions when the ignorant man becomes king (master) of the bitter (harsh) decree.
  • مال و منصب ناکسی که آرد به دست ** طالب رسوایی خویش او شدست
  • The worthless person who acquires wealth and office has become the seeker of his own disgrace.
  • یا کند بخل و عطاها کم دهد ** یا سخا آرد بنا موضع نهد 1445
  • Either he behaves stingily and gives few presents, or he shows generosity and bestows (them) in the wrong place (unsuitably).
  • شاه را در خانه‌ی بیذق نهد ** این چنین باشد عطا که احمق دهد
  • He puts the king in the house (square) of the pawn: the gifts which a fool makes are like this.
  • حکم چون در دست گمراهی فتاد ** جاه پندارید در چاهی فتاد
  • When authority falls into the hands of one who has lost the (right) way, he deems it to be a high position (jáh), (but in reality) he has fallen into a pit (cháh).
  • راه نمی‌داند قلاووزی کند ** جان زشت او جهان‌سوزی کند
  • He does not know the way, (yet) he acts as guide: his wicked spirit makes a world-conflagration.
  • طفل راه فقر چون پیری گرفت ** پی‌روان را غول ادباری گرفت
  • When (one who is as) a child in the Way of (spiritual) poverty assumes the part of an Elder (Director of souls), the ghoul of unblessedness seizes those who follow (him).
  • که بیا تا ماه بنمایم ترا ** ماه را هرگز ندید آن بی‌صفا 1450
  • “Come,” says he, “for I will show thee the moon”; (yet) that impure one never saw the moon.
  • چون نمایی چون ندیدستی به عمر ** عکس مه در آب هم ای خام غمر
  • How wilt thou show (the moon) when during (all) thy life thou hast not seen even the reflexion of the moon in the water, O half-baked dunce?
  • احمقان سرور شدستند و ز بیم ** عاقلان سرها کشیده در گلیم
  • The foolish have become leaders, and from fear (of them) the wise have drawn their heads into the cloak.
  • تفسیر یا ایها المزمل
  • Commentary on "O thou that wrappest thyself."
  • خواند مزمل نبی را زین سبب ** که برون آ از گلیم ای بوالهرب
  • For this reason He (God) called the Prophet muzzammil (one who wraps himself), saying, “Come forth from the cloak, O thou who art fond of taking flight.
  • سر مکش اندر گلیم و رو مپوش ** که جهان جسمیست سرگردان تو هوش
  • Do not draw thy head into the cloak and do not cover thy face, for the world is a reeling body: thou art the intelligence (rational spirit).
  • هین مشو پنهان ز ننگ مدعی ** که تو داری شمع وحی شعشعی 1455
  • Hark, do not hide on account of the opprobrium of the adversary, since thou hast the resplendent candle of the Revelation.
  • هین قم اللیل که شمعی ای همام ** شمع اندر شب بود اندر قیام
  • Hark, stand up (in prayer) during the night, for thou art a candle, O prince: at night a candle stands up (and burns).
  • بی‌فروغت روز روشن هم شبست ** بی‌پناهت شیر اسیر ارنبست
  • Without thy radiance, even the bright day is (dark as) night: without thy protection, the lion is captive to the hare.
  • باش کشتیبان درین بحر صفا ** که تو نوح ثانیی ای مصطفی
  • Be the captain (pilot) of the ship in this sea of (spiritual) purity, for thou art a second Noah, O Mustafá (elect one).
  • ره شناسی می‌بباید با لباب ** هر رهی را خاصه اندر راه آب
  • An expert guide, (endowed) with understanding, is needed for every road, especially in the road (journey) on the water.
  • خیز بنگر کاروان ره‌زده ** هر طرف غولیست کشتیبان شده 1460
  • Arise! Look upon the waylaid caravan: everywhere a ghoul has become captain of the ship.
  • خضر وقتی غوث هر کشتی توی ** هم‌چو روح‌الله مکن تنها روی
  • Thou art the Khizr of the time and the Deliverer of every ship (in distress): do not, like (Jesus) the Spirit of God, practise solitude.
  • پیش این جمعی چو شمع آسمان ** انقطاع و خلوت آری را بمان
  • In the sight of this assembly (of people) thou art as the candle of heaven: leave off severing thyself (from them) and adopting seclusion.
  • وقت خلوت نیست اندر جمع آی ** ای هدی چون کوه قاف و تو همای
  • ’Tis not the time for seclusion: come into the assembly, O thou who art (as) the humáy, while the guidance (of souls) is like Mount Qáf.
  • بدر بر صدر فلک شد شب روان ** سیر را نگذارد از بانگ سگان
  • The full-moon is moving by night on the upper part of the sky: it does not cease from its journey because of the outcry of the dogs.
  • طاعنان هم‌چون سگان بر بدر تو ** بانگ می‌دارند سوی صدر تو 1465
  • The scoffers keep making an outcry, like dogs, at thy full-moon in the direction of thy high place.
  • این سگان کرند از امر انصتوا ** از سفه و عوع کنان بر بدر تو
  • These dogs are deaf to the (Divine) command, ‘Be ye silent’: from folly (they are) bow-wowing at thy full-moon.
  • هین بمگذار ای شفا رنجور را ** تو ز خشم کر عصای کور را
  • Hark, O (thou who art) the cure for the sick, do not, on account of anger against the deaf, let go the staff of the blind.
  • نه تو گفتی قاید اعمی به راه ** صد ثواب و اجر یابد از اله
  • Didst not thou say?—‘He that leads a blind man on the (right) way gains a hundred recompenses and rewards from God.
  • هر که او چل گام کوری را کشد ** گشت آمرزیده و یابد رشد
  • Whoever leads a blind man forty steps is pardoned and will find salvation.’
  • پس بکش تو زین جهان بی‌قرار ** جوق کوران را قطار اندر قطار 1470
  • Do thou, therefore, lead away from this impermanent world the multitude of the blind, file on file.
  • کار هادی این بود تو هادیی ** ماتم آخر زمان را شادیی
  • This is the business of a guide: thou art the Guide, thou art the joy for (dispelling) the sorrow of the last (period of) time.
  • هین روان کن ای امام المتقین ** این خیال‌اندیشگان را تا یقین
  • Hark, O Imám of the God-fearing, cause these thinkers of vain fancies to go (onward) till (they attain unto) certainty.
  • هر که در مکر تو دارد دل گرو ** گردنش را من زنم تو شاد رو
  • Whoever hath his heart in pawn (devoted) to plotting against thee, I will smite his neck: do thou advance joyously.
  • بر سر کوریش کوریها نهم ** او شکر پندارد و زهرش دهم
  • I will lay (more) blindnesses on the top of his blindness: he will deem it sugar, and I will (really) give him poison.
  • عقلها از نور من افروختند ** مکرها از مکر من آموختند 1475
  • (All) intellects have been kindled by My light; (all) plots have been learned from My plotting.
  • چیست خود آلاجق آن ترکمان ** پیش پای نره پیلان جهان
  • What indeed is the Turcoman's tent of black felt before the feet of the male (fierce) elephants of this world?