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499-548

  • این نمط وین نوع ده طومار و دو ** بر نوشت آن دین عیسی را عدو
  • Twelve scrolls of this style and fashion were drawn up in writing by that enemy to the religion of Jesus.
  • بیان آن که این اختلافات در صورت روش است نه در حقیقت راه
  • Showing how these differences lie in the form of the doctrine, not in the real nature of the Way.
  • او ز یک رنگی عیسی بو نداشت ** وز مزاج خم عیسی خو نداشت‌‌ 500
  • He had no scent (perception) of the unicolority of Jesus, nor had he a disposition from (imbued with) the tincture of the dyeing-vat of Jesus.
  • جامه‌‌ی صد رنگ از آن خم صفا ** ساده و یک رنگ گشتی چون صبا
  • From that pure vat a garment of a hundred colours would become as simple and one-coloured as the zephyr.
  • نیست یک رنگی کز او خیزد ملال ** بل مثال ماهی و آب زلال‌‌
  • (This) is not the unicolority from which weariness ensues; nay, it is (a case) like (that of) fishes and clear water:
  • گر چه در خشکی هزاران رنگهاست ** ماهیان را با یبوست جنگهاست‌‌
  • Although there are thousands of colours on dry land, (yet) fishes are at war with dryness.
  • کیست ماهی چیست دریا در مثل ** تا بدان ماند ملک عز و جل‌‌
  • Who is the fish and what is the sea in (my) simile, that the King Almighty and Glorious should resemble them?
  • صد هزاران بحر و ماهی در وجود ** سجده آرد پیش آن اکرام و جود 505
  • In (the world of) existence myriads of seas and fishes prostrate themselves in adoration before that Munificence and Bounty.
  • چند باران عطا باران شده ** تا بدان آن بحر در افشان شده‌‌
  • How many a rain of largesse hath rained, so that the sea was made thereby to scatter pearls!
  • چند خورشید کرم افروخته ** تا که ابر و بحر جود آموخته‌‌
  • How many a sun of generosity hath shone, so that cloud and sea learned to be bountiful!
  • پرتو دانش زده بر آب و طین ** تا شده دانه پذیرنده‌‌ی زمین‌‌
  • The sunbeams of Wisdom struck on soil and clay, so that the earth became receptive of the seed.
  • خاک امین و هر چه در وی کاشتی ** بی‌‌خیانت جنس آن برداشتی‌‌
  • The soil is faithful to its trust, and whatever you have sown in it, you carry away the (equivalent in) kind thereof without fraud (on the part of the soil).
  • این امانت ز آن امانت یافته ست ** کافتاب عدل بر وی تافته ست‌‌ 510
  • It has derived this faithfulness from that (Divine) faithfulness, inasmuch as the sun of Justice has shone upon it.
  • تا نشان حق نیارد نو بهار ** خاک سرها را نکرده آشکار
  • Until springtide brings the token of God, the soil does not reveal its secrets.
  • آن جوادی که جمادی را بداد ** این خبرها وین امانت وین سداد
  • The Bounteous One who gave to an inanimate thing these informations and this faithfulness and this righteousness,
  • مر جمادی را کند فضلش خبیر ** عاقلان را کرده قهر او ضریر
  • His grace makes an inanimate thing informed, (while) His wrath makes blind the men of understanding.
  • جان و دل را طاقت آن جوش نیست ** با که گویم در جهان یک گوش نیست‌‌
  • Soul and heart cannot endure that ferment: to whom shall I speak? There is not in the world a single ear (capable of apprehension).
  • هر کجا گوشی بد از وی چشم گشت ** هر کجا سنگی بد از وی یشم گشت‌‌ 515
  • Wherever there was an ear, through Him it became an eye; wherever there was a stone, through Him it became a jasper.
  • کیمیا ساز است چه بود کیمیا ** معجزه بخش است چه بود سیمیا
  • He is the Maker of the elixir—what is alchemy (compared with His action)? He is a giver of miracles (to prophets)—what is magic (compared with these miracles)?
  • این ثنا گفتن ز من ترک ثناست ** کین دلیل هستی و هستی خطاست‌‌
  • This uttering of praise (to Him) is (really) the omission of praise on my part, for this (praise) is a proof of (my) being, and being is a sin.
  • پیش هست او بباید نیست بود ** چیست هستی پیش او کور و کبود
  • It behoves (us) to be not-being in the presence of His Being: in His presence what is (our) being? Blind and blue.
  • گر نبودی کور از او بگداختی ** گرمی خورشید را بشناختی‌‌
  • Were it not blind it would have been melted (consumed) by Him: it would have known the heat of (the Divine) sun;
  • ور نبودی او کبود از تعزیت ** کی فسردی همچو یخ این ناحیت‌‌ 520
  • And were it not blue from mourning, how would this region (of phenomenal existence) have (remained) frozen like ice?
  • بیان خسارت وزیر در این مکر
  • Setting forth how the vizier incurred perdition (by engaging) in this plot.
  • همچو شه نادان و غافل بد وزیر ** پنجه می‌‌زد با قدیم ناگزیر
  • The vizier was ignorant and heedless, like the (Jewish) king: he was wrestling with the eternal and inevitable,
  • با چنان قادر خدایی کز عدم ** صد چو عالم هست گرداند به دم‌‌
  • With a God so mighty that in a moment He causes a hundred worlds like ours to come into existence from non-existence:
  • صد چو عالم در نظر پیدا کند ** چون که چشمت را به خود بینا کند
  • A hundred worlds like ours He displays to the sight, when He makes your eye seeing by (the light of) Himself.
  • گر جهان پیشت بزرگ و بی‌‌بنی است ** پیش قدرت ذره ای می‌‌دان که نیست‌‌
  • If the world appears to you vast and bottomless, know that to Omnipotence it is not (so much as) an atom.
  • این جهان خود حبس جانهای شماست‌‌ ** هین روید آن سو که صحرای شماست 525
  • This world, indeed, is the prison of your souls: oh, go in yonder direction, for there lies your open country.
  • این جهان محدود و آن خود بی‌‌حد ** استنقش و صورت پیش آن معنی سد است‌‌
  • This world is finite, and truly that (other) is infinite: image and form are a barrier to that Reality.
  • صد هزاران نیزه‌‌ی فرعون را ** در شکست از موسیی با یک عصا
  • The myriads of Pharaoh's lances were shattered by (the hand of) Moses (armed) with a single staff.
  • صد هزاران طب جالینوس بود ** پیش عیسی و دمش افسوس بود
  • Myriads were the therapeutic arts of Galen: before Jesus and his (life-giving) breath they were a laughing-stock.
  • صد هزاران دفتر اشعار بود ** پیش حرف امیی آن عار بود
  • Myriads were the books of (pre-Islamic) poems: at the word of an illiterate (prophet) they were (put to) shame.
  • با چنین غالب خداوندی کسی ** چون نمیرد گر نباشد او خسی‌‌ 530
  • (Confronted) with such an all-conquering Lord, how should any one not die (to self), unless he be a vile wretch?
  • بس دل چون کوه را انگیخت او ** مرغ زیرک با دو پا آویخت او
  • Many a mind (strong and firm) as a mountain did He uproot; the cunning bird He hung up by its two feet.
  • فهم و خاطر تیز کردن نیست راه ** جز شکسته می‌‌نگیرد فضل شاه‌‌
  • To sharpen the intelligence and wits is not the (right) way: none but the broken (in spirit) wins the favour of the King.
  • ای بسا گنج آگنان کنج کاو ** کان خیال اندیش را شد ریش گاو
  • Oh, many the amassers of treasure, digging holes (in search of treasure), who became an ox's beard (dupe) to that vain schemer (the vizier)!
  • گاو که بود تا تو ریش او شوی ** خاک چه بود تا حشیش او شوی‌‌
  • Who is the ox that you should become his beard? What is earth that you should become its stubble?
  • چون زنی از کار بد شد روی زرد ** مسخ کرد او را خدا و زهره کرد 535
  • When a woman became pale-faced (ashamed) of (her) wickedness, God metamorphosed her and made her Zuhra (the planet Venus).
  • عورتی را زهره کردن مسخ بود ** خاک و گل گشتن نه مسخ است ای عنود
  • To make a woman Zuhra was metamorphosis: is it not metamorphosis to become earth and clay, O contumacious one?
  • روح می‌‌بردت سوی چرخ برین ** سوی آب و گل شدی در اسفلین‌‌
  • Your spirit was bearing you towards the highest sphere (of heaven): you went towards the water and the clay amongst the lowest (of the low).
  • خویشتن را مسخ کردی زین سفول ** ز آن وجودی که بد آن رشک عقول‌‌
  • By this fall you metamorphosed yourself from that (state of) existence which was the envy of the (spiritual) intelligences.
  • پس ببین کین مسخ کردن چون بود ** پیش آن مسخ این به غایت دون بود
  • Consider, then, how is (what is the character of) this metamorphosis: compared with that metamorphosis (of the woman) this (which you have suffered) is exceedingly vile.
  • اسب همت سوی اختر تاختی ** آدم مسجود را نشناختی‌‌ 540
  • You urged the steed of ambition towards the stars: you did not acknowledge Adam who was worshipped (by the angels).
  • آخر آدم زاده‌‌ای ای ناخلف ** چند پنداری تو پستی را شرف‌‌
  • After all, you are a son of Adam. O degenerate! how long will you regard lowness as nobility?
  • چند گویی من بگیرم عالمی ** این جهان را پر کنم از خود همی‌‌
  • How long will you say, “I will conquer a whole world, I will make this world full of myself”?
  • گر جهان پر برف گردد سربه‌‌سر ** تاب خور بگدازدش با یک نظر
  • If the world should be filled with snow from end to end, the glow of the sun would melt it with a single look.
  • وزر او و صد وزیر و صد هزار ** نیست گرداند خدا از یک شرار
  • God by a single spark (of His mercy) maketh naught his (the vizier's) burden (of sin) and (the burden) of a hundred viziers and a hundred thousand.
  • عین آن تخییل را حکمت کند ** عین آن زهر آب را شربت کند 545
  • He maketh the essence of that (false) imagination to be wisdom; He maketh the essence of that poisoned water to be a (wholesome) drink.
  • آن گمان انگیز را سازد یقین ** مهرها رویاند از اسباب کین‌‌
  • That which raises doubt He turneth into certainty; He maketh loving kindnesses grow from the causes of hatred.
  • پرورد در آتش ابراهیم را ** ایمنی روح سازد بیم را
  • He cherisheth Abraham in the fire; He turneth fear into security of spirit.
  • از سبب سوزیش من سودایی‌‌ام ** در خیالاتش چو سوفسطایی‌‌ام‌‌
  • By His burning (destroying) of secondary causes I am distraught; in (my) fancies of Him I am like a sophist (sceptic or agnostic).
  • مکر دیگر انگیختن وزیر در اضلال قوم
  • How the vizier started another plan to mislead the (Christian) folk.