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1349-1373

  • گر سعیدی از مناره اوفتید  ** بادش اندر جامه افتاد و رهید 
  • If a blessed one fell from the minaret (and) was saved by the wind filling his raiment,
  • چون یقینت نیست آن بخت ای حسن  ** تو چرا بر باد دادی خویشتن  1350
  • Why have you, O good man, committed yourself to the wind when you are not sure of that (same) fortune?
  • زین مناره صد هزاران هم‌چو عاد  ** در فتادند و سر و سر باد داد 
  • From this minaret hundreds of thousands (of peoples) like ‘Ád fell down and gave to the wind (lost) their lives and souls.
  • سرنگون افتادگان را زین منار  ** می‌نگر تو صد هزار اندر هزار 
  • Behold those who have fallen headlong from this minaret, hundreds of thousands on thousands!
  • تو رسن‌بازی نمیدانی یقین  ** شکر پاها گوی و می‌رو بر زمین 
  • (If) you have no sure skill in rope-dancing, give thanks for your feet and walk on the ground.
  • پر مساز از کاغذ و از که مپر  ** که در آن سودا بسی رفتست سر 
  • Don't make wings of paper and fly from the (top of a) mountain, for many a head has gone (to destruction) in this craze.
  • گرچه آن صوفی پر آتش شد ز خشم  ** لیک او بر عاقبت انداخت چشم  1355
  • Although the Súfí was afire with anger, yet he cast his eye on the consequence.
  • اول صف بر کسی ماندم به کام  ** کو نگیرد دانه بیند بند دام 
  • The beginning of the line (the present life regarded as a preparation for the life hereafter) is permanently successful (only) in the case of one who does not take the bait and sees (the danger of) imprisonment in the trap.
  • حبذا دو چشم پایان بین راد  ** که نگه دارند تن را از فساد 
  • How excellent are two noble end-discerning eyes that preserve the body from corruption!
  • آن ز پایان‌دید احمد بود کو  ** دید دوزخ را همین‌جا مو به مو 
  • That (foresight) was (derived) from the vision of the end that was seen by Ahmad (Mohammed), who even here (in the present life) saw Hell, hair by hair,
  • دید عرش و کرسی و جنات را  ** تا درید او پرده‌ی غفلات را 
  • And saw the Throne (of God) and the Footstool and the Gardens (ofParadise), so that he rent the veil of (our) forgetfulnesses.
  • گر همی‌خواهی سلامت از ضرر  ** چشم ز اول بند و پایان را نگر  1360
  • If you desire to be safe from harm, close your eye to the beginning and contemplate the end,
  • تا عدمها ار ببینی جمله هست  ** هستها را بنگری محسوس پست 
  • That you may regard all (apparent) nonentities as (really) existent and look upon (all) entities, (so far as they are) perceived by the senses, as of low degree.
  • این ببین باری که هر کش عقل هست  ** روز و شب در جست و جوی نیستست 
  • At least consider this, that every one who possesses reason is daily and nightly in quest of the (relatively) non-existent.
  • در گدایی طالب جودی که نیست  ** بر دکانها طالب سودی که نیست 
  • In begging, he seeks a munificence that is not in being; in the shops he seeks a profit that is not in being.
  • در مزارع طالب دخلی که نیست  ** در مغارس طالب نخلی که نیست 
  • In the cornfields he seeks an income (crop) that is not in being; in the plantations he seeks a date-palm that is not in being.
  • در مدارس طالب علمی که نیست  ** در صوامع طالب حلمی که نیست  1365
  • In the colleges he seeks a knowledge that is not in being; in the Christian monasteries he seeks a morality that is not in being.
  • هستها را سوی پس افکنده‌اند  ** نیستها را طالبند و بنده‌اند 
  • They (the intelligent) have thrown the (actually) existent things behind them and are seekers of, and devoted to, the (relatively) non-existent things,
  • زانک کان و مخزن صنع خدا  ** نیست غیر نیستی در انجلا 
  • Because the mine and treasury of God's doing is not other than non-existence in (process of) being brought into manifestation.
  • پیش ازین رمزی بگفتستیم ازین  ** این و آن را تو یکی بین دو مبین 
  • We have previously given some indication of this (matter): regard this (present discourse) and that (former discourse) as one, not as two.
  • گفته شد که هر صناعت‌گر که رست  ** در صناعت جایگاه نیست جست 
  • It was stated (formerly) that every craftsman who appeared (in the world) sought the abode of (relative) non-existence in (exercising) his craft.
  • جست بنا موضعی ناساخته  ** گشته ویران سقفها انداخته  1370
  • The builder sought an unrepaired place that had become ruined and (where) the roofs (were) fallen in.
  • جست سقا کوزای کش آب نیست  ** وان دروگر خانه‌ای کش باب نیست 
  • The water-carrier sought a pot with no water in it, and the carpenter a house with no door.
  • وقت صید اندر عدم بد حمله‌شان  ** از عدم آنگه گریزان جمله‌شان 
  • At the moment of pursuing (their object) they rushed into (relative) nonexistence; then (afterwards) they all are fleeing from non-existence.
  • چون امیدت لاست زو پرهیز چیست  ** با انیس طمع خود استیز چیست 
  • Since your hope is (in) non-existence, why (this) avoidance of it? Why (this) strife with what is congenial to your desire?