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  • (Whether God is) “formless” or “formed,” He is with him that is all kernel and has gone forth from the husk.
  • نامصور یا مصور پیش اوست ** کاو همه مغز است و بیرون شد ز پوست‏
  • If you are blind, ’tis no crime in the blind; (but) if not, go (persevere in purifying yourself), for patience is the key to success. 70
  • گر تو کوری نیست بر اعمی حرج ** ور نه رو کالصبر مفتاح الفرج‏
  • The medicine of patience will burn the veils over your eye and will also effect the opening of your breast (to Divine knowledge).
  • پرده‏های دیده را داروی صبر ** هم بسوزد هم بسازد شرح صدر
  • When the mirror of your heart becomes clear and pure, you will behold images (which are) outside of (the world of) water and earth.
  • آینه‏ی دل چون شود صافی و پاک ** نقشها بینی برون از آب و خاک‏
  • You will behold both the image and the image-Maker, both the carpet of (spiritual) empire and the carpet-Spreader.
  • هم ببینی نقش و هم نقاش را ** فرش دولت را و هم فراش را
  • The phantom (seen in mystical vision) of my Friend seemed (to me) like Khalíl (Abraham)—its form an idol, its reality a breaker of idols.
  • چون خلیل آمد خیال یار من ** صورتش بت معنی او بت شکن‏
  • Thanks be to God that when he appeared, my spirit beheld in his phantom its own phantom (reflected image). 75
  • شکر یزدان را که چون شد او پدید ** در خیالش جان خیال خود بدید
  • The dust of thy threshold was bewitching my heart: dust (woe) on him that was patient without thy dust!
  • خاک درگاهت دلم را می‏فریفت ** خاک بر وی کاو ز خاکت می‏شکیفت‏
  • I said, “If I am beautiful, I shall receive this (dust of Divine grace and love) from him; and if not, he has indeed laughed at ugly me.
  • گفتم ار خوبم پذیرم این از او ** ور نه خود خندید بر من زشت رو
  • The (best) plan is this, that I look at myself (to see whether I am worthy of him); otherwise (if I am not worthy), he will laugh at me (and say), "How should I buy (desire thee)?”
  • چاره آن باشد که خود را بنگرم ** ور نه او خندد مرا من کی خرم‏
  • He is beautiful and a lover of beauty: how should a fresh young man choose a decrepit old woman?
  • او جمیل است و محب للجمال ** کی جوان نو گزیند پیر زال‏
  • The Beautiful attracts the beautiful (to itself): know this (for sure). Recite thereon (the text) the good women for the good men. 80
  • خوب خوبی را کند جذب این بدان ** طیبات و طیبین بر وی بخوان‏
  • In this world everything attracts something: the hot draws the hot (to itself) and the cold the cold.
  • در جهان هر چیز چیزی جذب کرد ** گرم گرمی را کشید و سرد سرد
  • The worthless sort attract the worthless; the lasting (those of lasting worth) are rejoiced by the lasting.
  • قسم باطل باطلان را می‏کشند ** باقیان از باقیان هم سر خوشند
  • Those of the Fire attract those of the Fire, those of the Light seek those of the Light.
  • ناریان مر ناریان را جاذب‏اند ** نوریان مر نوریان را طالب‏اند
  • When you shut your eye, you have a feeling of anguish: the eye cannot do without the light of the window.
  • چشم چون بستی ترا تاسه گرفت ** نور چشم از نور روزن کی شکفت‏
  • Your discomfort was (caused by) the light in your eye straining to be joined speedily with the daylight. 85
  • تاسه‏ی تو جذب نور چشم بود ** تا بپیوندد به نور روز زود
  • If you feel distress (within) while your eyes are unclosed, know that you have shut the eye of your heart, (and) open it.
  • چشم باز ار تاسه گیرد مر ترا ** دان که چشم دل ببستی بر گشا
  • Recognise that that (distress) is the craving of the eyes of your heart which is seeking the immeasurable Light.
  • آن تقاضای دو چشم دل شناس ** کاو همی‏جوید ضیای بی‏قیاس‏
  • Inasmuch as the separation of those two impermanent lights (from each other) brought you discomfort, (so that) you opened your eyes,
  • چون فراق آن دو نور بی‏ثبات ** تاسه آوردت گشادی چشمهات‏
  • The separation, then, of those two everlasting lights will bring you discomfort: guard them (well)!
  • پس فراق آن دو نور پایدار ** تاسه می‏آرد مر آن را پاس دار
  • Since He is calling me, I will look to see whether I am worthy to be drawn (to Him) or whether I am ill-favoured. 90
  • او چو می‏خواند مرا من بنگرم ** لایق جذب‏ام و یا بد پیکرم‏
  • If a charming person makes an ugly one (follow) at his heels, ’tis (but) a mockery that he makes of him.
  • گر لطیفی زشت را در پی کند ** تسخری باشد که او بر وی کند
  • How, I wonder, shall I behold my own face, so as to see what complexion I have and whether I am like day or like night?
  • کی ببینم روی خود را ای عجب ** تا چه رنگم همچو روزم یا چو شب‏
  • For a long while I was seeking the image of my soul, (but) my image was not displayed (reflected) by any one.
  • نقش جان خویش می‏جستم بسی ** هیچ می‏ننمود نقشم از کسی‏