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1399-1448

  • مادرم کو تا ببیند این زمان  ** مر مرا بر تخت ای شاه جهان 
  • Where is my mother, that she might see me now (seated) on the throne, O King of the world?”
  • فقر آن محمود تست ای بی‌سعت  ** طبع ازو دایم همی ترساندت  1400
  • (Spiritual) poverty is your Mahmúd, O man without affluence: your (sensual) nature is always making you afraid of it.
  • گر بدانی رحم این محمود راد  ** خوش بگویی عاقبت محمود باد 
  • If you come to know the mercifulness of this noble Mahmúd, you will cry joyously, “May the end be praised (mahmúd)!”
  • فقر آن محمود تست ای بیم‌دل  ** کم شنو زین مادر طبع مضل 
  • Poverty is your Mahmúd, O craven-hearted one: do not listen to this mother, namely, your misguiding nature.
  • چون شکار فقر کردی تو یقین  ** هم‌چوکودک اشک باری یوم دین 
  • When you become a prey to poverty, you will certainly shed tears (of delight), like the Hindú boy, on the Day of Judgement.
  • گرچه اندر پرورش تن مادرست  ** لیک از صد دشمنت دشمن‌ترست 
  • Although the body is (like) a mother in fostering (the spirit), yet it is more inimical to you than a hundred enemies.
  • تن چو شد بیمار داروجوت کرد  ** ور قوی شد مر ترا طاغوت کرد  1405
  • When your body falls ill it makes you seek medicine; and if it grows strong it makes you an outrageous devil.
  • چون زره دان این تن پر حیف را  ** نی شتا را شاید و نه صیف را 
  • Know that this iniquitous body is like a coat of mail: it serves neither for winter nor summer.
  • یار بد نیکوست بهر صبر را  ** که گشاید صبر کردن صدر را 
  • (Yet) the bad associate is good (for you) because of the patience (which you must show in overcoming its desires), for the exercise of patience expands the heart (with spiritual peace).
  • صبر مه با شب منور داردش  ** صبر گل با خار اذفر داردش 
  • The patience shown by the moon to the (dark) night keeps it illumined; the patience shown by the rose to the thorn keeps it fragrant.
  • صبر شیر اندر میان فرث و خون  ** کرده او را ناعش ابن اللبون 
  • The patience shown by the milk (chyle) betwixt the faeces (in the intestine) and the blood enables it to rear the camel-foal till he has entered on his third year.
  • صبر جمله‌ی انبیا با منکران  ** کردشان خاص حق و صاحب‌قران  1410
  • The patience shown by all the prophets to the unbelievers made them the elect of God and lords of the planetary conjunction.
  • هر که را بینی یکی جامه درست  ** دانک او آن را به صبر و کسب جست 
  • When you see any one wearing goodly raiment, know that he has gained it by patience and work.
  • هرکه را دیدی برهنه و بی‌نوا  ** هست بر بی‌صبری او آن گوا 
  • If you have seen any one naked and destitute, that is a testimony of his lack of patience.
  • هرکه مستوحش بود پر غصه جان  ** کرده باشد با دغایی اقتران 
  • Any one who feels lonely and whose soul is full of anguish must have associated with an impostor.
  • صبر اگر کردی و الف با وفا  ** ار فراق او نخوردی این قفا 
  • If he had shown patience and loyal friendship (to God), he would not have suffered this affliction through being separated from Him.
  • خوی با حق نساختی چون انگبین  ** با لبن که لا احب الافلین  1415
  • He would have consorted with God as honey with milk, saying, “I love not them that set.”
  • لاجرم تنها نماندی هم‌چنان  ** که آتشی مانده به راه از کاروان 
  • (Then) assuredly he would not have remained alone, even as a fire left on the road by caravaneers.
  • چون ز بی‌صبری قرین غیر شد  ** در فراقش پر غم و بی‌خیر شد 
  • (But) since from lack of patience he associated himself with others (than God), in separation from Him he became sorrowful and deprived of good.
  • صحبتت چون هست زر ده‌دهی  ** پیش خاین چون امانت می‌نهی 
  • Since your friendship is (precious) as pure gold, how are you placing it in trust with a traitor?
  • خوی با او کن که امانتهای تو  ** آمن آید از افول و از عتو 
  • Consort with Him with whom your trusts are safe from loss and violation.
  • خوی با او کن که خو را آفرید  ** خویهای انبیا را پرورید  1420
  • Consort with Him who created (human) nature and fostered the natures of the prophets.
  • بره‌ای بدهی رمه بازت دهد  ** پرورنده‌ی هر صفت خود رب بود 
  • (If) you give (Him) a lamb, He will give you back a (whole) flock (of sheep): verily the Lord is the fosterer of every (good) quality.
  • بره پیش گرگ امانت می‌نهی  ** گرگ و یوسف را مفرما همرهی 
  • Will you entrust the lamb to the wolf? (Nay), do not tell the wolf and Joseph to travel in company with each other.
  • گرگ اگر با تو نماید روبهی  ** هین مکن باور که ناید زو بهی 
  • If the wolf show foxiness towards you (fawn upon you), beware, do not believe (him), for no goodness comes from him.
  • جاهل ار با تو نماید هم‌دلی  ** عاقبت زحمت زند از جاهلی 
  • If a churl show sympathy towards you, (yet) in the end he will inflict blows upon you because of his churlishness.
  • او دو آلت دارد و خنثی بود  ** فعل هر دو بی‌گمان پیدا شود  1425
  • Ille duo instrumenta habet et androgynus est: amborum effectus sine dubio apparet. [He has two organs and is a hermaphrodite: the operation of both is obvious, without doubt.]
  • او ذکر را از زنان پنهان کند  ** تا که خود را خواهر ایشان کند 
  • Penem oculis feminarum subtrahit ut sese earum sororem faciat. [He hides (his) penis from women in order to make himself (seem like) their sister.]
  • شله از مردان به کف پنهان کند  ** تا که خود را جنس آن مردان کند 
  • Vulvam ne viri videant manu obtegit, ut sese de genere virorum faciat. [He hides (his) vulva from men with (his) hand in order to make himself (seem like) the (same) gender as the men.]
  • گفت یزدان زان کس مکتوم او  ** شله‌ای سازیم بر خرطوم او 
  • Dixit Deus, “Ex ejus cunno occulto scissuram in naso ejus faciemus, [God said, “Because of that hidden vulva of his, We will make a slit on his nose,]
  • تا که بینایان ما زان ذو دلال  ** در نیایند از فن او در جوال 
  • In order that Our seers may not be entrapped by the artfulness of that ogler.”
  • حاصل آنک از هر ذکر ناید نری  ** هین ز جاهل ترس اگر دانش‌وری  1430
  • The gist (of the matter) is that masculinity does not come from every male: beware of the ignorant man if you are wise.
  • دوستی جاهل شیرین‌سخن  ** کم شنو کان هست چون سم کهن 
  • Do not listen to the friendliness of the fair-spoken ignorant man, for it is like old (virulent) poison.
  • جان مادر چشم روشن گویدت  ** جز غم و حسرت از آن نفزویدت 
  • He says to you, “O soul of thy mother! O light of my eye!” (but) from those (endearments) only grief and sorrow are added to you.
  • مر پدر را گوید آن مادر جهار  ** که ز مکتب بچه‌ام شد بس نزار 
  • That (foolish) mother says plainly to your father, “My child has grown very thin because of (going to) school.
  • از زن دیگر گرش آوردیی  ** بر وی این جور و جفا کم کردیی 
  • If thou hadst gotten him by another wife, thou wouldst not have treated him with such cruelty and unkindness.”
  • از جز تو گر بدی این بچه‌ام  ** این فشار آن زن بگفتی نیز هم  1435
  • (Your father replies), “Had this child of mine been (born) of another (wife), not of thee, that wife too would have talked this (same) nonsense.”
  • هین بجه زن مادر و تیبای او  ** سیلی بابا به از حلوای او 
  • Beware, recoil from this mother and from her blandishments: your father's slaps are better than her sweetmeat.
  • هست مادر نفس و بابا عقل راد  ** اولش تنگی و آخر صد گشاد 
  • The mother is the carnal soul, and the father is noble reason: its beginning is constraint, but its end is a hundred expansions (of the spirit).
  • ای دهنده‌ی عقلها فریاد رس  ** تا نخواهی تو نخواهد هیچ کس 
  • O Giver of (all) understandings, come to my help: none wills (aught) unless Thou will (it).
  • هم طلب از تست و هم آن نیکوی  ** ما کییم اول توی آخر توی 
  • Both the desire (for good) and the good action (itself) proceed from Thee: who are we? Thou art the First, Thou art the Last.
  • هم بگو تو هم تو بشنو هم تو باش  ** ما همه لاشیم با چندین تراش  1440
  • Do Thou speak and do Thou hear and do Thou be! We are wholly naught notwithstanding all this hewing.
  • زین حواله رغبت افزا در سجود  ** کاهلی جبر مفرست و خمود 
  • Because of this resignation (to Thy will) do Thou increase our desire for worship (of Thee): do not send (upon us) the sloth and stagnation of necessitarianism.
  • جبر باشد پر و بال کاملان  ** جبر هم زندان و بند کاهلان 
  • Necessitarianism is the wing and pinion of the perfect; necessitarianism is also the prison and chains of the slothful.
  • هم‌چو آب نیل دان این جبر را  ** آب ممن را و خون مر گبر را 
  • Know that this necessitarianism is like the water of the Nile— water to the true believer and blood to the infidel.
  • بال بازان را سوی سلطان برد  ** بال زاغان را به گورستان برد 
  • Wings carry falcons to the king; wings carry crows to the graveyard.
  • باز گرد اکنون تو در شرح عدم  ** که چو پازهرست و پنداریش سم  1445
  • Now return to the description of non-existence, for it (non-existence) is like bezoar, though you think it is poison.
  • هم‌چو هندوبچه هین ای خواجه‌تاش  ** رو ز محمود عدم ترسان مباش 
  • Hark, O fellow-servant, go and, like the Hindú boy, be not afraid of the Mahmúd of non-existence.
  • از وجودی ترس که اکنون در ویی  ** آن خیالت لاشی و تو لا شیی 
  • Be afraid of the existence in which you are now: that phantasy of yours is nothing and you (yourself) are nothing.
  • لاشیی بر لاشیی عاشق شدست  ** هیچ نی مر هیچ نی را ره زدست 
  • One nothing has fallen in love with another nothing: a mere nothing has waylaid (captivated) a mere nothing.