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  • گفتیی خود خشک شد پاهای او  ** یا بمرد آن جان صول‌افزای او 
  • You would have said that its legs were paralysed or that its impetuous spirit was dead.
  • چونک کردندی سرش سوی یمن  ** پیل نر صد اسپه گشتی گام‌زن 
  • (But) whenever they turned its head towards Yemen, the fierce Elephant would begin to stride (forward) with the speed of a hundred horses.
  • حس پیل از زخم غیب آگاه بود  ** چون بود حس ولی با ورود 
  • (Since) the Elephant's perception was aware of the blow (coming) from the Unseen, how (much more) must the perception of the saint (endowed) with (the Divine) afflatus be (aware)!
  • نه که یعقوب نبی آن پاک‌خو  ** بهر یوسف با همه اخوان او  2750
  • Is it not (the case) that the prophet Jacob, that man of holy nature, (said) for Joseph's sake to all his (Joseph's) brethren—
  • از پدر چون خواستندش دادران  ** تا برندش سوی صحرا یک زمان 
  • When the brothers begged their father to give him to them, that they might take him to the country for a while,
  • جمله گفتندش میندیش از ضرر  ** یک دو روزش مهلتی ده ای پدر 
  • (And) they all said to him, “Do not be afraid of harm (befalling him): give him one or two days' time, O father;
  • تا به هم در مرجها بازی کنیم  ** ما درین دعوت امین و محسنیم 
  • That we may play together in the meadows? In (making) this request we are trustworthy and beneficent”—
  • گفت این دانم که نقلش از برم  ** می‌فروزد در دلم درد و سقم  2755
  • Did not he (Jacob) say (to them), “I know this, that (the thought of) his being removed from me is kindling grief and sickness in my heart;
  • این دلم هرگز نمی‌گوید دروغ  ** که ز نور عرش دارد دل فروغ 
  • This heart of mine never lies, for my heart is illumined by the light of the highest heaven”?
  • آن دلیل قاطعی بد بر فساد  ** وز قضا آن را نکرد او اعتداد 
  • That (foreboding) was a decisive proof of (their) wickedness, but by (Divine) destiny he took no account (of it).
  • در گذشت از وی نشانی آن‌چنان  ** که قضا در فلسفه بود آن زمان 
  • An intimation like that passed away from him (from his mind), because Destiny was at that moment (engaged) in (putting into operation the Divine) philosophy.
  • این عجب نبود که کور افتد به چاه  ** بوالعجب افتادن بینای راه 
  • ’Tis no wonder that a blind man should fall into a pit, (but) the falling of one who can see the way is beyond all wonder.
  • این قضا را گونه گون تصریفهاست  ** چشم‌بندش یفعل‌الله ما یشاست  2760
  • This Destiny employs diverse shifts: its eye-binding spell is God doeth what He pleaseth.
  • هم بداند هم نداند دل فنش  ** موم گردد بهر آن مهر آهنش 
  • The heart knows and yet knows not its (Destiny's) artfulness: its (hard) iron becomes (soft) as wax for the seal.
  • گوییی دل گویدی که میل او  ** چون درین شد هرچه افتد باش گو 
  • ’Tis as though the heart should say (to itself), “Since its (Destiny's) inclination is turned to (bringing) this (to pass), whatever may happen, let it come!”
  • خویش را زین هم مغفل می‌کند  ** در عقالش جان معقل می‌کند 
  • Accordingly it makes itself heedless of this (happening) and binds its soul fast in the shackle thereof.
  • گر شود مات اندرین آن بوالعلا  ** آن نباشد مات باشد ابتلا 
  • If that exalted one (the prophet or saint) is checkmated (worsted) in this (matter), ’tis not (really) checkmate, ’tis tribulation.
  • یک بلا از صد بلااش وا خرد  ** یک هبوطش بر معارجها برد  2765
  • 2765 A single tribulation redeems him from a hundred tribulations, a single fall takes him (high) up on the ladders (of spiritual ascent).
  • خام شوخی که رهانیدش مدام  ** از خمار صد هزاران زشت خام 
  • The half-baked saucy fellow, whom the wine (of Love) has relieved from the surfeit of intoxication with a hundred thousand wicked half-baked (persons like himself),
  • عاقبت او پخته و استاد شد  ** جست از رق جهان و آزاد شد 
  • Finally becomes mature and adept: he escapes from enslavement to this world and is made free.
  • از شراب لایزالی گشت مست  ** شد ممیز از خلایق باز رست 
  • He is made drunken with the everlasting wine, he becomes (spiritually) discerning, and is delivered from created beings,
  • ز اعتقاد سست پر تقلیدشان  ** وز خیال دیده‌ی بی‌دیدشان 
  • From their weak conventional faith and from the illusions of their unseeing eyes.
  • ای عجب چه فن زند ادراکشان  ** پیش جزر و مد بحر بی‌نشان  2770
  • Oh, what device can their mental perception employ, I wonder, against the ebb and flow of the trackless Sea?
  • زان بیابان این عمارت‌ها رسید  ** ملک و شاهی و وزارتها رسید 
  • From that Desert came (all) these signs of cultivation and prosperity; (thence) came (all) empires and kingships and vizierates.
  • زان بیابان عدم مشتاق شوق  ** می‌رسند اندر شهادت جوق جوق 
  • Yearning with desire they (phenomenal ideas) come in troops from the Desert of Non-existence into the visible (material) world.
  • کاروان بر کاروان زین بادیه  ** می‌رسد در هر مسا و غادیه 
  • Caravan on caravan, they arrive from this Desert every evening and morning.
  • آید و گیرد وثاق ما گرو  ** که رسیدم نوبت ما شد تو رو 
  • They come and seize our houses in distraint, (each one) saying, “I have arrived, ’tis my turn, do thou begone!”
  • چون پسر چشم خرد را بر گشاد  ** زود بابا رخت بر گردون نهاد  2775
  • When the son has opened the eye of reason (attained to years of discretion), the father at once puts his (own) baggage in the cart.
  • جاده‌ی شاهست آن زین سو روان  ** وآن از آن سو صادران و واردان 
  • ’Tis (like) the King's highway—(travellers) departing and arriving, one going in this direction, another in that direction.
  • نیک بنگر ما نشسته می‌رویم  ** می‌نبینی قاصد جای نویم 
  • Consider well! We, (though apparently) sitting still, are (really) marching: don't you see that we are bound for a new place (of abode)?
  • بهر حالی می‌نگیری راس مال  ** بلک از بهر غرض‌ها در مل 
  • You do not get (and spend) your capital for any present need; nay, but (you keep it) for your ultimate purposes.
  • پس مسافر این بود ای ره‌پرست  ** که مسیر و روش در مستقبلست 
  • The traveller, then, O devotee of the Way, is he whose march and face are towards the future,
  • هم‌چنانک از پرده‌ی دل بی‌کلال  ** دم به دم در می‌رسد خیل خیال  2780
  • Even as the troops of Phantasy are at every moment arriving (and passing) unweariedly through the curtains of the heart.
  • گر نه تصویرات از یک مغرس‌اند  ** در پی هم سوی دل چون می‌رسند 
  • If (these) ideas are not (sprung) from one (and the same) Plantation, how are they coming to the heart on each other's heels?
  • جوق جوق اسپاه تصویرات ما  ** سوی چشمه‌ی دل شتابان از ظما 
  • Company after company, the army of our ideas, (impelled) by thirst, is speeding towards the fountain of the heart.
  • جره‌ها پر می‌کنند و می‌روند  ** دایما پیدا و پنهان می‌شوند 
  • They fill their jars and go: they are continually appearing and vanishing.
  • فکرها را اختران چرخ دان  ** دایر اندر چرخ دیگر آسمان 
  • Regard (your) thoughts as stars of the sky (which are) revolving in the sphere of another heaven.
  • سعد دیدی شکر کن ایثار کن  ** نحس دیدی صدقه و استغفار کن  2785
  • (If) you have experienced good fortune (spiritual thoughts), give thanks (to God) and do works of charity; (if) you have experienced bad fortune (sensual thoughts), give alms and ask pardon (of God).
  • ما کییم این را بیا ای شاه من  ** طالعم مقبل کن و چرخی بزن 
  • Who am I in relation to this? Come, O my King, make my ruling star auspicious and wheel once (towards me).
  • روح را تابان کن از انوار ماه  ** که ز آسیب ذنب جان شد سیاه 
  • Illumine my spirit with moonbeams, for my soul is blackened (eclipsed) by contact with the (Dragon's) Tail.
  • از خیال و وهم و ظن بازش رهان  ** از چه و جور رسن بازش رهان 
  • Deliver it from fancy and vain imagination and opinion, deliver it from the well and the tyranny of the rope,
  • تا ز دلداری خوب تو دلی  ** پر بر آرد بر پرد ز آب و گلی 
  • In order that through Thy goodly lovingkindness a heart (such as mine) may lift its wings and soar up from a (body of) water and earth.
  • ای عزیز مصر و در پیمان درست  ** یوسف مظلوم در زندان تست  2790
  • O Prince of Egypt and faithful keeper of thy promise, the wronged Joseph is in thy prison.
  • در خلاص او یکی خوابی ببین  ** زود که الله یحب المحسنین 
  • Quickly dream a dream of his release, for God loveth the beneficent.
  • هفت گاو لاغری پر گزند  ** هفت گاو فربهش را می‌خورند 
  • The seven noxious lean kine are devouring its (the spirit's) seven fat kine.
  • هفت خوشه‌ی خشک زشت ناپسند  ** سنبلات تازه‌اش را می‌چرند 
  • The seven dry, ugly, and unapproved ears of corn are feeding on its fresh ears.
  • قحط از مصرش بر آمد ای عزیز  ** هین مباش ای شاه این را مستجیز 
  • Famine has arisen in its Egypt, O mighty Potentate: hark, O King, do not continue to sanction this.
  • یوسفم در حبس تو ای شه نشان  ** هین ز دستان زنانم وا رهان  2795
  • Let my Joseph sit in Thy prison, O King: come, deliver me from the wiles of the women.
  • از سوی عرشی که بودم مربط او  ** شهوت مادر فکندم که اهبطوا 
  • My mother's lust caused me to fall from the highest heaven which was my tethering-place (stable), for (God said), Fall ye down!