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  • Nothing in the world is without object (disinterested) in its movement (activity) except the bodies and the souls of (God's) lovers. 2800
  • بی‌‌غرض نبود به گردش در جهان ** غیر جسم و غیر جان عاشقان‌‌
  • Showing that the lover of this world is like the lover of a wall on which the sunbeams strike, who makes no effort and exertion to perceive that the radiance and splendour do not proceed from the wall, but from the orb of the sun in the Fourth Heaven; consequently he sets his whole heart on the wall, and when the sunbeams rejoin the sun (at sunset), he is left for ever in despair: “and a bar is placed between them and that which they desire.”
  • در بیان آن که عاشق دنیا بر مثال عاشق دیواری است که بر او تاب آفتاب زند و جهد و جهاد نکرد تا فهم کند که آن تاب و رونق از دیوار نیست از قرص آفتاب است در آسمان چهارم لاجرم کلی دل بر دیوار نهاد چون پرتو آفتاب به آفتاب پیوست او محروم ماند ابدا و حیل بينهم و بين ما يشتهون
  • (I mean) the lovers of the Whole, not those who love the part: he that longed for the part failed to attain unto the Whole.
  • عاشقان کل نه این عشاق جزو ** ماند از کل آن که شد مشتاق جزو
  • When a part falls in love with a part, the object of its love soon goes (returns) to its own whole.
  • چون که جزوی عاشق جزوی شود ** زود معشوقش به کل خود رود
  • He (the lover of the particular) became the laughing-stock of another's slave: he became (like a man who was) drowning and clung to some one weak (and powerless to help him).
  • ریش گاو بنده‌‌ی غیر آمد او ** غرقه شد کف در ضعیفی در زد او
  • He (the loved slave) possesses no authority, that he should care for him: shall he do his own master's business or his (the lover's)?
  • نیست حاکم تا کند تیمار او ** کار خواجه‌‌ی خود کند یا کار او
  • The Arabic proverb, “If you commit fornication, commit it with a free woman, and if you steal, steal a pearl.”
  • مثل عرب إذا زنیت فازن بالحرة و إذا سرقت فاسرق الدرة
  • Hence (the saying), “Commit fornication with a free woman,” became proverbial; (and the words) “steal a pearl” were transferred (metaphorically) to this (meaning). 2805
  • فازن بالحرة پی این شد مثل ** فاسرق الدرة بدین شد منتقل‌‌
  • The slave (the loved one) went away to his master: he (the lover) was left in misery. The scent of the rose went (back) to the rose: he remained as the thorn.
  • بنده سوی خواجه شد او ماند زار ** بوی گل شد سوی گل او ماند خار
  • He was left far from the object of his desire—his labour lost, his toil useless, his foot wounded,
  • او بمانده دور از مطلوب خویش ** سعی ضایع رنج باطل پای ریش‌‌
  • Like the hunter who catches a shadow—how should the shadow become his property?
  • همچو صیادی که گیرد سایه‌‌ای ** سایه کی گردد و را سرمایه‌‌ای‌‌
  • The man has grasped tightly the shadow of a bird, (while) the bird on the branch of the tree is fallen into amazement,
  • سایه‌‌ی مرغی گرفته مرد سخت ** مرغ حیران گشته بر شاخ درخت‌‌