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487-511

  • His predicament is the same as that of his qibla (object of desire): call him ‘dead’ inasmuch as he seeks the dead.
  • حکم او هم حکم قبله‌ی او بود  ** مرده‌اش خوان چونک مرده‌جو بود 
  • Any one who lives with these (worldly) people is a monk, for his companions are (like) clods and stones.
  • هر که با این قوم باشد راهبست  ** که کلوخ و سنگ او را صاحبست 
  • In sooth, (actual) clods and stones never waylaid (and ruined) any one, (while) from those clods come a hundred thousand corruptions.”
  • خود کلوخ و سنگ کس را ره نزد  ** زین کلوخان صد هزار آفت رسد 
  • The bird said to him, “(Well), then, the Jihád (spiritual war) is (waged) at the time when a brigand like this is on the road. 490
  • گفت مرغش پس جهاد آنگه بود  ** کین چنین ره‌زن میان ره بود 
  • The valiant man enters on the unsafe road for the purpose of protecting and helping and fighting.
  • از برای حفظ و یاری و نبرد  ** بر ره ناآمن آید شیرمرد 
  • The root (innate quality) of manhood (only) becomes apparent at the time when the traveller meets his enemies on the road.
  • عرق مردی آنگهی پیدا شود  ** که مسافر همره اعدا شود 
  • Since the Messenger (of Allah) was the Prophet of the sword, (the people of) his community are heroes and champions.
  • چون نبی سیف بودست آن رسول  ** امت او صفدرانند و فحول 
  • In our religion the right thing is war and terror; in the religion of Jesus the right thing is (retirement to) cave and mountain.”
  • مصلحت در دین ما جنگ و شکوه  ** مصلحت در دین عیسی غار و کوه 
  • He (the fowler) said, “Yes; if one has help (from God) and strength to make a mighty attack on evil and mischief. 495
  • گفت آری گر بود یاری و زور  ** تا به قوت بر زند بر شر و شور 
  • (But) when there is no strength, ’tis better to abstain: spring easily away in flight from what cannot be endured.”
  • چون نباشد قوتی پرهیز به  ** در فرار لا یطاق آسان بجه 
  • It (the bird) replied, “Firmness of heart is needed for achievement, but a (firm) friend does not lack friends.
  • گفت صدق دل بباید کار را  ** ورنه یاران کم نیاید یار را 
  • Be a (firm) friend, that you may find friends innumerable; for without friends you will be left helpless.
  • یار شو تا یار بینی بی‌عدد  ** زانک بی‌یاران بمانی بی‌مدد 
  • The Devil is a wolf, and you are like Joseph: do not let go Jacob's skirt, O excellent one.
  • دیو گرگست و تو هم‌چون یوسفی  ** دامن یعقوب مگذار ای صفی 
  • Generally the wolf seizes (his prey) at the moment when a year-old sheep strays alone by itself from the flock. 500
  • گرگ اغلب آنگهی گیرا بود  ** کز رمه شیشک به خود تنها رود 
  • He who has abandoned (the performance of) the Sunna with the (Moslem) community, has not he drunk his own blood (exposed himself to destruction) in such a haunt of wild beasts?
  • آنک سنت یا جماعت ترک کرد  ** در چنین مسبع نه خون خویش خورد 
  • The Sunna is the (safe) road, and the community are like (your) companions (on the road): without the road and without comrades you will fall into (sore) straits;
  • هست سنت ره جماعت چون رفیق  ** بی‌ره و بی‌یار افتی در مضیق 
  • (But) not the fellow-traveller who is an enemy to Reason and seeks an opportunity to carry off your clothes,
  • همرهی نه کو بود خصم خرد  ** فرصتی جوید که جامه‌ی تو برد 
  • (And only) goes about with you in order to find a mountain-pass where he can plunder you!
  • می‌رود با تو که یابد عقبه‌ای  ** که تواند کردت آنجا نهبه‌ای 
  • Nor one who has the (timorous) heart of a camel and, when he feels afraid, instructs (you) to turn back on the road! 505
  • یا بود اشتردلی چون دید ترس  ** گوید او بهر رجوع از راه درس 
  • By his camel's courage he frightens his comrade: know that such a fellow-traveller is an enemy, not a friend.
  • یار را ترسان کند ز اشتردلی  ** این چنین همره عدو دان نه ولی 
  • The road (to God) is self-sacrifice, and in every thicket is a bane to drive back any one whose soul is (brittle) as a glass bottle.
  • راه جان‌بازیست و در هر غیشه‌ای  ** آفتی در دفع هر جان‌شیشه‌ای 
  • The road of religion is full of trouble and bale for the reason that it is not the road for any one whose nature is effeminate.
  • راه دین زان رو پر از شور و شرست  ** که نه راه هر مخنث گوهرست 
  • On the road (men's) souls are tried by this terror as a sieve (is used) for sifting bran.
  • در ره این ترس امتحانهای نفوس  ** هم‌چو پرویزن به تمییز سبوس 
  • What is the road? Full of footprints. What is the comrade? The ladder whereby minds ascend. 510
  • راه چه بود پر نشان پایها  ** یار چه بود نردبان رایها 
  • I grant that, through (your) taking precautions, the wolf may not find you, (but) without company you will not find that (spiritual) alacrity.
  • گیرم آن گرگت نیابد ز احتیاط  ** بی ز جمعیت نیابی آن نشاط