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  • وآن دگر بهر ترهب در کنشت  ** وآن یکی اندر حریصی سوی کشت 
  • And another (goes) into a church to perform religious exercises, while another (betakes himself) to sowing in his greed (for gain).
  • از خیال آن ره‌زن رسته شده  ** وز خیال این مرهم خسته شده 
  • Through phantasy that one becomes the waylayer (destroyer) of him who has escaped (unhurt); and through phantasy this (other) becomes the salve (deliverer) of him who has been (sorely) wounded.
  • در پری‌خوانی یکی دل کرده گم  ** بر نجوم آن دیگری بنهاده سم 
  • One loses his soul in the invocation of demons, while another sets his foot upon the stars.
  • این روشها مختلف بیند برون  ** زان خیالات ملون ز اندرون  325
  • He (the observer) sees that these modes of action in the external world are diverse (since they arise) from the various phantasies within.
  • این در آن حیران شده کان بر چیست  ** هر چشنده آن دگر را نافیست 
  • This man (engaged in some occupation) is amazed at that man (occupied with something else) and says, “What is he about?” Every taster denies the other (whose taste is different).
  • آن خیالات ار نبد نامتلف  ** چون ز بیرون شد روشها مختلف 
  • Unless those phantasies were incongruous, how did the modes of action become diverse externally?
  • قبله‌ی جان را چو پنهان کرده‌اند  ** هر کسی رو جانبی آورده‌اند 
  • Since the qibla (the true object) of the soul has been hidden, every one has turned his face to a (different) quarter.
  • تمثیل روشهای مختلف و همتهای گوناگون به اختلاف تحری متحریان در وقت نماز قبله را در وقت تاریکی و تحری غواصان در قعر بحر 
  • Comparison of the different practices and the various aspirations (of mankind) to the disagreement of those who at prayer-time endeavour to find the qibla (direction of Mecca) when it is dark, and to the search of divers (for pearls) at the bottom of the sea.
  • هم‌چو قومی که تحری می‌کنند  ** بر خیال قبله سویی می‌تنند 
  • (They are) like folk trying to find (the direction of the Ka‘ba) and (each) turning in a certain direction which they fancy is the qibla:
  • چونک کعبه رو نماید صبحگاه  ** کشف گردد که کی گم کردست راه  330
  • When at dawn the Ka‘ba appears, it is discovered who has lost the (right) way;
  • یا چو غواصان به زیر قعر آب  ** هر کسی چیزی همی‌چیند شتاب 
  • Or like divers under the depth of the (sea)-water, every one (of whom) picks up something in haste: