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  • ور بدیدی شاخی از دجله‌‌ی خدا ** آن سبو را او فنا کردی فنا
  • And if he (the Arab) had seen a branch of the Divine Tigris, he would have destroyed that jug, destroyed it.
  • آن که دیدندش همیشه بی‌‌خودند ** بی‌‌خودانه بر سبو سنگی زدند 2865
  • They that saw it are always beside themselves: like one beside himself, they hurled a stone at the jug (of their self-existence).
  • ای ز غیرت بر سبو سنگی زده ** و این سبو ز اشکست کاملتر شده‌‌
  • O thou who from jealousy hast hurled a stone at the jug, and thy brokenness has in truth become soundness,
  • خم شکسته آب از او ناریخته ** صد درستی زین شکست انگیخته‌‌
  • The jar is shattered, (but) the water is not spilled from it: from this shattering have arisen a hundred soundnesses.
  • جزو جزو خم به رقص است و به حال ** عقل جزوی را نموده این محال‌‌
  • Every piece of the jar is in dance and ecstasy, (though) to the partial (discursive) reason this seems absurd.
  • نی سبو پیدا در این حالت نه آب ** خوش ببین و الله اعلم بالصواب‌‌
  • In this state (of ecstasy) neither the jug is manifest nor the water. Consider well, and God knoweth best what is right.
  • چون در معنی زنی بازت کنند ** پر فکرت زن که شهبازت کنند 2870
  • When you knock at the door of Reality, it will be opened to you: beat the pinion of thought, in order that you may be made a king-falcon.
  • پر فکرت شد گل آلود و گران ** ز آن که گل خواری ترا گل شد چو نان‌‌
  • The pinion of your thought has become mud-stained and heavy because you are a clay-eater: clay has become to you as bread.
  • نان گل است و گوشت کمتر خور از این ** تا نمانی همچو گل اندر زمین‌‌
  • Bread and meat are (originally) clay: eat little thereof, that you may not remain in the earth, like clay.
  • چون گرسنه می‌‌شوی سگ می‌‌شوی ** تند و بد پیوند و بد رگ می‌‌شوی‌‌
  • When you become hungry, you become a dog: you become fierce and ill-tempered and ill-natured.
  • چون شدی تو سیر مرداری شدی ** بی‌‌خبر بی‌‌پا چو دیواری شدی‌‌
  • When you have eaten your fill, you have become a carcase: you have become devoid of understanding and without feet (inert), like a wall.
  • پس دمی مردار و دیگر دم سگی ** چون کنی در راه شیران خوش تگی‌‌ 2875
  • So at one time you are a carcase and at another time a dog: how will you run well in the road of the lions (follow the saints)?
  • آلت اشکار خود جز سگ مدان ** کمترک انداز سگ را استخوان‌‌
  • Know that your only means of hunting is the dog (the animal soul): throw bones to the dog but seldom,
  • ز آن که سگ چون سیر شد سرکش شود ** کی سوی صید و شکار خوش دود
  • Because when the dog has eaten its fill, it becomes rebellious: how should it run to the goodly chase and hunt?
  • آن عرب را بی‌‌نوایی می‌‌کشید ** تا بدان درگاه و آن دولت رسید
  • Want of food was leading the Arab till he arrived at that (exalted) court and that (high) fortune.
  • در حکایت گفته‌‌ایم احسان شاه ** در حق آن بی‌‌نوای بی‌‌پناه‌‌
  • We have related in the (foregoing) story the kindness shown by the King to that needy one who had no refuge.
  • هر چه گوید مرد عاشق بوی عشق ** از دهانش می‌‌جهد در کوی عشق‌‌ 2880
  • Whatsoever the man in love (with God) speaks, the scent of Love is springing from his mouth into the abode of Love.
  • گر بگوید فقه فقر آید همه ** بوی فقر آید از آن خوش دمدمه‌‌
  • If he speak (formal) theology, it all turns to (spiritual) poverty: the scent of poverty comes from that man of sweet and beguiling discourse.
  • ور بگوید کفر دارد بوی دین ** ور به شک گوید شکش گردد یقین‌‌
  • And if he speak infidelity, it has the scent of (the true) religion, and if he speak doubtfully, his doubt turns to certainty.
  • کف کژ کز بحر صدقی خاسته است ** اصل صاف آن فرع را آراسته است‌‌
  • The perverse froth that has risen from a sea of sincerity— that branch (derivative) has been adorned by the pure root (source).
  • آن کفش را صافی و محقوق دان ** همچو دشنام لب معشوق دان‌‌
  • Know that its froth is pure and worthy: know that it is like revilement from the lips of the beloved,
  • گشته آن دشنام نامطلوب او ** خوش ز بهر عارض محبوب او 2885
  • Whose unsought reproaches have become sweet (to the lover) for the sake of her cheek which he desires.
  • گر بگوید کژ نماید راستی ** ای کژی که راست را آراستی‌‌
  • If he (the lover of God) speak falsehood, he shows forth the truth. O incorrect (speaker) who hast adorned that which is correct!
  • از شکر گر شکل نانی می‌‌پزی ** طعم قند آید نه نان چون می‌‌مزی‌‌
  • If you cook (a confection) of sugar in the form of a loaf of bread, it will taste of candy, not of bread, while you are sucking it.
  • ور بیابد مومنی زرین وثن ** کی هلد آن را برای هر شمن‌‌
  • If a true believer find a golden idol, how should he leave it (there) for the sake of every idolator?