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  • آکل و ماکول را حلقست و نای ** غالب و مغلوب را عقلست و رای
  • (Both) the eater and the eaten have a throat and windpipe: (both) the victor and the vanquished have understanding and mental perception.
  • حلق بخشید او عصای عدل را ** خورد آن چندان عصا و حبل را
  • He (God) bestowed a throat on the rod of justice, (so that) it devoured all those many rods and ropes;
  • واندرو افزون نشد زان جمله اکل ** زانک حیوانی نبودش اکل و شکل
  • And in it was no increase from all that eating, because its eating and its form were not animal.
  • مر یقین را چون عصا هم حلق داد ** تا بخورد او هر خیالی را که زاد
  • To Faith also He gave a throat like (that of) the rod, so that it devoured every vain fancy that was born.
  • پس معانی را چو اعیان حلقهاست ** رازق حلق معانی هم خداست 40
  • Hence the spiritual and intelligible things, like the concrete (sensible) things, have throats, and the giver of food to the throat of the spiritual and intelligible things is also (none but) God.
  • پس ز مه تا ماهی هیچ از خلق نیست ** که بجذب مایه او را حلق نیست
  • Therefore from the Moon to the Fish there is nothing in creation that hath not a throat in respect of its drawing sustenance (from God).
  • حلق جان از فکر تن خالی شود ** آنگهان روزیش اجلالی شود
  • (When) the spirit's throat is emptied of thought for the body, then its apportioned sustenance becomes Majestical.
  • شرط تبدیل مزاج آمد بدان ** کز مزاج بد بود مرگ بدان
  • Know that the necessary condition (for gaining this sustenance) is the transformation of the (sensual) nature, for the death of evil men is (arises) from (their) evil nature.
  • چون مزاج آدمی گل‌خوار شد ** زرد و بدرنگ و سقیم و خوار شد
  • When it has become natural to a human being to eat clay, he grows pale and ill-complexioned and sickly and miserable;
  • چون مزاج زشت او تبدیل یافت ** رفت زشتی از رخش چون شمع تافت 45
  • (But) when his ugly nature has been transformed, the ugliness departs from his face, and he shines like a candle.
  • دایه‌ای کو طفل شیرآموز را ** تا بنعمت خوش کند پدفوز را
  • Where is a nurse for the suckling babe?—that with kindness she may sweeten the inner part of its mouth,
  • گر ببندد راه آن پستان برو ** برگشاید راه صد بستان برو
  • And, though she bar its way to her teat, may open up for it the way to a hundred gardens (of delight)?—
  • زانک پستان شد حجاب آن ضعیف ** از هزاران نعمت و خوان و رغیف
  • Because the teat has become to that feeble (infant) a barrier (separating it) from thousands of pleasures and dishes (of food) and loaves (of bread).
  • پس حیات ماست موقوف فطام ** اندک اندک جهد کن تم الکلام
  • Our life, then, depends on weaning. Endeavour (to wean yourself) little by little. The discourse is (now) complete.
  • چون جنین بد آدمی بد خون غذا ** از نجس پاکی برد ممن کذا 50
  • When man was an embryo his nourishment was blood: in like fashion the true believer draws purity from filth.
  • از فطام خون غذااش شیر شد ** وز فطام شیر لقمه‌گیر شد
  • Through (his) being weaned from blood, his nourishment became milk; and through (his) being weaned from milk, he became a taker of (solid) food.
  • وز فطام لقمه لقمانی شود ** طالب اشکار پنهانی شود
  • And through (his) being weaned from food he becomes (a sage) like Luqmán; he becomes a seeker (hunter) of the hidden game.
  • گر جنین را کس بگفتی در رحم ** هست بیرون عالمی بس منتظم
  • If any one were to say to the embryo in the womb, “Outside is a world exceedingly well-ordered,
  • یک زمینی خرمی با عرض و طول ** اندرو صد نعمت و چندین اکول
  • A pleasant earth, broad and long, wherein are a hundred delights and so many things to eat,
  • کوهها و بحرها و دشتها ** بوستانها باغها و کشتها 55
  • Mountains and seas and plains, fragrant orchards, gardens and sown fields,
  • آسمانی بس بلند و پر ضیا ** آفتاب و ماهتاب و صد سها
  • A sky very lofty and full of light, sun and moonbeams and a hundred stars.
  • از جنوب و از شمال و از دبور ** باغها دارد عروسیها و سور
  • From the south-wind and from the north-wind and from the west-wind the gardens have (the appearance of) wedding-feasts and banquets.
  • در صفت ناید عجایبهای آن ** تو درین ظلمت چه‌ای در امتحان
  • Its marvels come not into (are beyond) description: why art thou in tribulation in this darkness?
  • خون خوری در چارمیخ تنگنا ** در میان حبس و انجاس و عنا
  • (Why) dost thou drink blood on the gibbet of this narrow place (the womb) in the midst of confinement and filth and pain?”—
  • او بحکم حال خود منکر بدی ** زین رسالت معرض و کافر شدی 60
  • It (the embryo), in virtue of its present state, would be incredulous, and would turn away from this message and would disbelieve it,