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  • 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?
  • بلکه گیرد اندر آتش افکند ** صورت عاریتش را بشکند
  • Nay, he will take it and cast it into the fire: he will break (destroy) its borrowed (unreal) form,
  • تا نماند بر ذهب شکل وثن ** ز آن که صورت مانع است و راه زن‌‌ 2890
  • In order that the idol-shape may not remain on the gold, because Form hinders and waylays (those who seek Reality).
  • ذات زرش ذات ربانیت است ** نقش بت بر نقد زر عاریت است‌‌
  • The essence of its gold is the gift of Lordship (Divinity): the idol-stamp on the sterling gold is borrowed (unreal).
  • بهر کیکی تو گلیمی را مسوز ** وز صداع هر مگس مگذار روز
  • Do not burn a blanket on account of a flea, and do not let the day go (to waste) on account of every gnat's headache.
  • بت پرستی چون بمانی در صور ** صورتش بگذار و در معنی نگر
  • You are an idol-worshipper when you remain in (bondage to) forms: leave its (the idol's) form and look at the reality.
  • مرد حجی همره حاجی طلب ** خواه هندو خواه ترک و یا عرب‌‌
  • If you are a man (bound) for the Pilgrimage, seek a pilgrim (as your) companion, whether he be a Hindoo or a Turcoman or an Arab.
  • منگر اندر نقش و اندر رنگ او ** بنگر اندر عزم و در آهنگ او 2895
  • Do not look at his figure and colour, look at his purpose and intention.
  • گر سیاه است او هم آهنگ تو است ** تو سپیدش خوان که هم رنگ تو است‌‌
  • If he is black, (yet) he is in accord with you: call him white, for (spiritually) his complexion is the same as yours.
  • این حکایت گفته شد زیر و زبر ** همچو فکر عاشقان بی‌‌پا و سر
  • This story has been told up and down (confusedly), like the thoughts of lovers, without foot (end) or head (beginning).
  • سر ندارد چون ز ازل بوده ست پیش ** پا ندارد با ابد بوده ست خویش‌‌
  • It hath no head, inasmuch as it existed before eternity; it hath no foot: it has (always) been akin to everlastingness.
  • بلکه چون آب است هر قطره از آن ** هم سر است و پا و هم بی‌‌هردوان‌‌
  • Nay, it is like water: every drop thereof is both head and foot, and at the same time without both.
  • حاش لله این حکایت نیست هین ** نقد حال ما و تست این خوش ببین‌‌ 2900
  • This is not a story, mark you! God forbid! This is the ready money (presentation, here and now) of my state and yours. Consider (it) well,
  • ز آن که صوفی با کر و با فر بود ** هر چه آن ماضی است لا یذکر بود
  • Because the Súfí is grand and glorious (in his spiritual vision): whatever is past is not remembered (does not enter his mind).
  • هم عرب ما هم سبو ما هم ملک ** جمله ما يؤفک عنه من أفک‌‌
  • We are both the Arab and the jug and the King; we are all: he that has been turned away from it (the Truth) shall be turned away.
  • عقل را شو دان و زن را نفس و طمع ** این دو ظلمانی و منکر عقل شمع‌‌
  • Know that the husband is Reason, and this wife is the appetitive soul and cupidity: these twain are dark and deniers (of Reason); Reason is the (bright) candle.
  • بشنو اکنون اصل انکار از چه خاست ** ز آن که کل را گونه گونه جزوهاست‌‌
  • Now hear the origin of their denial, whence it arose: (it arose) from the fact that the Whole hath various parts.
  • جزو کل نی جزوها نسبت به کل ** نی چو بوی گل که باشد جزو گل‌‌ 2905
  • The parts of the Whole are not parts in relation to the Whole — (they are) not like the scent of the rose, which is a part of the rose.
  • لطف سبزه جزو لطف گل بود ** بانگ قمری جزو آن بلبل بود
  • The beauty of (all) green herbs is a part of the Rose's beauty, the coo of the turtle-dove is a part of that Nightingale.
  • گر شوم مشغول اشکال و جواب ** تشنگان را کی توانم داد آب‌‌
  • If I become occupied with a difficulty (difficult question) and the answer (explanation), how shall I be able to give water to the thirsty?