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2023-2072

  • بر من از هستی من جز نام نیست  ** در وجودم جز تو ای خوش‌کام نیست 
  • Of my existence there is nothing (left) in me but the name: in my being there is naught but thee, O thou whose wishes are gratified.
  • زان سبب فانی شدم من این چنین  ** هم‌چو سرکه در تو بحر انگبین 
  • By that means I have become thus naughted, like vinegar, in thee (who art) an ocean of honey.”
  • هم‌چو سنگی کو شود کل لعل ناب  ** پر شود او از صفات آفتاب  2025
  • As the stone that is entirely turned into pure ruby: it is filled with the qualities of the sun.
  • وصف آن سنگی نماند اندرو  ** پر شود از وصف خور او پشت و رو 
  • That stony nature does not remain in it: back and front, it is filled with sunniness.
  • بعد از آن گر دوست دارد خویش را  ** دوستی خور بود آن ای فتا 
  • Afterwards, if it love itself, that (self-love) is love of the sun, O youth;
  • ور که خود را دوست دارد ای بجان  ** دوستی خویش باشد بی‌گمان 
  • And if it love the sun with (all) its soul, ’tis undoubtedly love of itself.
  • خواه خود را دوست دارد لعل ناب  ** خواه تا او دوست دارد آفتاب 
  • Whether the pure ruby loves itself or whether it loves the sun,
  • اندرین دو دوستی خود فرق نیست  ** هر دو جانب جز ضیای شرق نیست  2030
  • There is really no difference in these two loves: both sides (aspects) are naught but the radiance of the sunrise.
  • تا نشد او لعل خود را دشمنست  ** زانک یک من نیست آنجا دو منست 
  • Until it (the stone) has become a ruby, it is an enemy to itself, because it is not a single “I”: two “I's” are there;
  • زانک ظلمانیست سنگ و روزکور  ** هست ظلمانی حقیقت ضد نور 
  • For the stone is dark and blind to the day (-light): the dark is essentially opposed to light.
  • خویشتن را دوست دارد کافرست  ** زانک او مناع شمس اکبرست 
  • (If) it love itself, it is an infidel, because it offers intense resistance to the supreme Sun.
  • پس نشاید که بگوید سنگ انا  ** او همه تاریکیست و در فنا 
  • Therefore ’tis not fitting that the stone should say “I,” (for) it is wholly darkness and in (the state of) death.
  • گفت فرعونی انا الحق گشت پست  ** گفت منصوری اناالحق و برست  2035
  • A Pharaoh said “I am God” and was laid low; a Mansúr (Halláj) said “I am God” and was saved.
  • آن انا را لعنة الله در عقب  ** وین انا را رحمةالله ای محب 
  • The former “I” is followed by God's curse and the latter “I” by God's mercy, O loving man;
  • زانک او سنگ سیه بد این عقیق  ** آن عدوی نور بود و این عشیق 
  • For that one (Pharaoh) was a black stone, this one (Halláj) a cornelian; that one was an enemy to the Light, and this one passionately enamoured (of it).
  • این انا هو بود در سر ای فضول  ** ز اتحاد نور نه از رای حلول 
  • This “I,” O presumptuous meddler, was “He” (God) in the inmost consciousness, through oneness with the Light, not through (belief in) the doctrine of incarnation.
  • جهد کن تا سنگیت کمتر شود  ** تا به لعلی سنگ تو انور شود 
  • Strive that thy stony nature may be diminished, so that thy stone may become resplendent with the qualities of the ruby.
  • صبر کن اندر جهاد و در عنا  ** دم به دم می‌بین بقا اندر فنا  2040
  • Show fortitude in (enduring) self-mortification and affliction; continually behold everlasting life in dying to self.
  • وصف سنگی هر زمان کم می‌شود  ** وصف لعلی در تو محکم می‌شود 
  • (Then) thy stoniness will become less at every moment, the nature of the ruby will be strengthened in thee.
  • وصف هستی می‌رود از پیکرت  ** وصف مستی می‌فزاید در سرت 
  • The qualities of (self-)existence will depart from thy body, the qualities of intoxication (ecstasy) will increase in thy head (thy spiritual centre).
  • سمع شو یکبارگی تو گوش‌وار  ** تا ز حلقه‌ی لعل یابی گوشوار 
  • Become entirely hearing, like an ear, in order that thou mayst gain an ear-ring of ruby.
  • هم‌چو چه کن خاک می‌کن گر کسی  ** زین تن خاکی که در آبی رسی 
  • If thou art a man, dig earth, like a well-digger, from this earthen body, that thou mayst reach some water;
  • گر رسد جذبه‌ی خدا آب معین  ** چاه ناکنده بجوشد از زمین  2045
  • (And) if the pull (inspiration) of God come (to thee), the running water will bubble up from the earth without thy well having been dug.
  • کار می‌کن تو بگوش آن مباش  ** اندک اندک خاک چه را می‌تراش 
  • Be always working, do not pay heed to that (hope of being enabled to dispense with work): keep scraping away the earth of the (bodily) well little by little.
  • هر که رنجی دید گنجی شد پدید  ** هر که جدی کرد در جدی رسید 
  • To every one who suffers a tribulation there is revealed a treasure: every one who makes an earnest endeavour comes into a fortune.
  • گفت پیغمبر رکوعست و سجود  ** بر در حق کوفتن حلقه‌ی وجود 
  • The Prophet hath said that acts of genuflexion and prostration (in the ritual prayer) are (equivalent to) knocking the door-ring of (mystical) attainment on the Divine Portal.
  • حلقه‌ی آن در هر آنکو می‌زند  ** بهر او دولت سری بیرون کند 
  • When any one continues to knock that door-ring, felicity peeps out for his sake.
  • آمدن آن امیر نمام با سرهنگان نیم‌شب بگشادن آن حجره‌ی ایاز و پوستین و چارق دیدن آویخته و گمان بردن کی آن مکرست و روپوش و خانه را حفره کردن بهر گوشه‌ای کی گمان آمد چاه کنان آوردن و دیوارها را سوراخ کردن و چیزی نایافتن و خجل و نومید شدن چنانک بدگمانان و خیال‌اندیشان در کار انبیا و اولیا کی می‌گفتند کی ساحرند و خویشتن ساخته‌اند و تصدر می‌جویند بعد از تفحص خجل شوند و سود ندارد 
  • How the Amír who was the author of the mischievous intrigue came at midnight with his officers to open the chamber of Ayáz, and saw the sheepskin jacket and rustic shoon hanging (there) and supposed that this was a trick and pretence; and how he dug up every suspected corner and brought excavators and made holes in the walls and discovered nothing and fell into confusion and despair. So (it is with such) evil thinking men (as those) who imagined vain things about the work of the prophets and saints, saying that they were magicians and self-advertisers and (only) sought to occupy the chief position (among their people): after having investigated, they are covered with confusion, but it does not avail them.
  • آن امینان بر در حجره شدند  ** طالب گنج و زر و خمره بدند  2050
  • Those trusted (officers) came to the door of the chamber: they began to search for the treasure and the gold and the jar.
  • قفل را برمی‌گشادند از هوس  ** با دو صد فرهنگ و دانش چند کس 
  • A number of them, (urged) by vain desire, unlocked the door with infinite dexterity and skill;
  • زانک قفل صعب و پر پیچیده بود  ** از میان قفلها بگزیده بود 
  • For it was a formidable lock with intricate bolts: he (Ayáz) had selected it from (many other) locks,
  • نه ز بخل سیم و مال و زر خام  ** از برای کتم آن سر از عوام 
  • Not that he was avaricious of silver and riches and crude (uncoined) gold, (but) in order to hide that secret (of his) from the vulgar,
  • که گروهی بر خیال بد تنند  ** قوم دیگر نام سالوسم کنند 
  • “Lest” (so he thought) “some people imagine evil, (while) others call me a hypocrite.”
  • پیش با همت بود اسرار جان  ** از خسان محفوظ‌تر از لعل کان  2055
  • With the man of lofty aspiration the soul's secrets are kept from the base (worldlings) more safely than the ruby in the mine.
  • زر به از جانست پیش ابلهان  ** زر نثار جان بود نزد شهان 
  • To fools gold seems better than the soul; in the opinion of (spiritual) kings gold is to be scattered on the soul (as an offering).
  • حرص تازد بیهده سوی سراب  ** عقل گوید نیک بین که آن نیست آب 
  • In greed of gold they (the officers) were hastening rapidly (to the chamber), (though) their reason was saying, “No; not so fast.”
  • حرص غالب بود و زر چون جان شده  ** نعره‌ی عقل آن زمان پنهان شده 
  • Greed was predominant (in them), and gold had become (dear to them) as their souls: at that moment the cry of reason was unheard.
  • گشته صدتو حرص و غوغاهای او  ** گشته پنهان حکمت و ایمای او  2060
  • Greed and its clamours had become hundredfold; wisdom and its suggestions had vanished,
  • تا که در چاه غرور اندر فتد  ** آنگه از حکمت ملامت بشنود 
  • To the end that he (the greedy man) may fall into the pit of delusion, and then hearken to the reproaches of Wisdom.
  • چون ز بند دام باد او شکست  ** نفس لوامه برو یابید دست 
  • When his wind (idle self-conceit) is broken by imprisonment in the trap,the rebuking soul gets the upper hand over him.
  • تا به دیوار بلا ناید سرش  ** نشنود پند دل آن گوش کرش 
  • Until his head comes against the wall of affliction, his deaf ear will not listen to the counsel of his heart.
  • کودکان را حرص گوزینه و شکر  ** از نصیحتها کند دو گوش کر 
  • Greed for walnut-cake and sugar makes the ears of children deaf to admonitions;
  • چونک دردت دنبلش آغاز شد  ** در نصیحت هر دو گوشش باز شد  2065
  • (Only) when the pain of his abscess begins do his (the child's) ears become open to good advice.
  • حجره را با حرص و صدگونه هوس  ** باز کردند آن زمان آن چند کس 
  • Then the party (of searchers), with cupidity and a hundred kinds of vain desire, opened the chamber.
  • اندر افتادند از در ز ازدحام  ** هم‌چو اندر دوغ گندیده هوام 
  • They swarmed in through the doorway, jostling each other, like vermin (falling) on fetid buttermilk.
  • عاشقانه در فتد با کر و فر  ** خورد امکان نی و بسته هر دو پر 
  • They (the insects) fall on it triumphantly, like lovers, (but) there is no possibility of drinking, and both wings are stuck.
  • بنگریدند از یسار و از یمین  ** چارقی بدریده بود و پوستین 
  • They (the officers) looked to the left and to the right: there was (only) a torn pair of shoon and a sheepskin jacket.
  • باز گفتند این مکان بی‌نوش نیست  ** چارق اینجا جز پی روپوش نیست  2070
  • After (having looked), they said (to one another), “This place is not without balm: the shoon are only (displayed) here as a blind.
  • هین بیاور سیخهای تیز را  ** امتحان کن حفره و کاریز را 
  • Hey, bring sharp picks: try excavation and tunnelling.”
  • هر طرف کندند و جستند آن فریق  ** حفره‌ها کردند و گوهای عمیق 
  • The (searching) party dug and searched in every direction: they dug holes and deep cavities.