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1636-1685

  • If thou art from the back of Adam and from his loins, be constant in seeking (forgiveness) amongst his company.
  • گر ز پشت آدمی وز صلب او ** در طلب می‌‌باش هم در طلب او
  • Prepare a dessert of heart-fire (burning grief) and eye-water (tears): the garden is made open (blooming) by cloud and sun.
  • ز آتش دل و آب دیده نقل ساز ** بوستان از ابر و خورشید است باز
  • What dost thou know of the taste of the water of the eyes? Thou art a lover of bread, like the blind (beggars).
  • تو چه دانی قدر آب دیده‌‌گان ** عاشق نانی تو چون نادیدگان‌‌
  • If thou make this wallet empty of bread, thou wilt make it full of glorious jewels.
  • گر تو این انبان ز نان خالی کنی ** پر ز گوهرهای اجلالی کنی‌‌
  • Wean the babe, thy soul, from the Devil's milk, and after that make it consort with the Angel. 1640
  • طفل جان از شیر شیطان باز کن ** بعد از آنش با ملک انباز کن‌‌
  • Whilst thou art dark and vexed and gloomy, know that thou art sucking from the same breast as the accursed Devil.
  • تا تو تاریک و ملول و تیره‌‌ای ** دان که با دیو لعین همشیره‌‌ای‌‌
  • The mouthful that gave increase of light and perfection is obtained from lawful earnings.
  • لقمه‌‌ای کان نور افزود و کمال ** آن بود آورده از کسب حلال‌‌
  • The oil that comes and quenches our lamp—when it quenches a lamp, call it water.
  • روغنی کاید چراغ ما کشد ** آب خوانش چون چراغی را کشد
  • From the lawful morsel are born knowledge and wisdom; from the lawful morsel come love and tenderness.
  • علم و حکمت زاید از لقمه‌‌ی حلال ** عشق و رقت آید از لقمه‌‌ی حلال‌‌
  • When from a morsel thou seest (arise) envy and guile, (and when) ignorance and heedlessness are born (of it), know that it is unlawful. 1645
  • چون ز لقمه تو حسد بینی و دام ** جهل و غفلت زاید آن را دان حرام‌‌
  • Wilt thou sow wheat and will it produce barley? Hast thou seen a mare bring forth an ass's colt?
  • هیچ گندم کاری و جو بر دهد ** دیده‌‌ای اسبی که کره‌‌ی خر دهد
  • The morsel is seed, and thoughts are its fruit; the morsel is the sea, and thoughts are its pearls.
  • لقمه تخم است و برش اندیشه‌‌ها ** لقمه بحر و گوهرش اندیشه‌‌ها
  • From the lawful morsel in the mouth is born the inclination to serve (God) and the resolve to go to yonder world.
  • زاید از لقمه‌‌ی حلال اندر دهان ** میل خدمت عزم رفتن آن جهان‌‌
  • How the merchant related to the parrot what he had witnessed on the part of the parrots of India.
  • باز گفتن بازرگان با طوطی آن چه دید از طوطیان هندوستان‌‌
  • The merchant finished his trading and returned home (prosperously) to the joy of his friends.
  • کرد بازرگان تجارت را تمام ** باز آمد سوی منزل دوست کام‌‌
  • He brought a present for every male slave, he gave a token to every slave-girl. 1650
  • هر غلامی را بیاورد ارمغان ** هر کنیزک را ببخشید او نشان‌‌
  • “Where is my present?” asked the parrot. “Relate what thou hast seen and said.”
  • گفت طوطی ارمغان بنده کو ** آن چه دیدی و آن چه گفتی باز گو
  • “Nay,” said he, “indeed I am repenting of that (which I said), gnawing my hand and biting my fingers (in remorse).
  • گفت نی من خود پشیمانم از آن ** دست خود خایان و انگشتان گزان‌‌
  • Why, from ignorance and folly, did I idly bear (such) an inconsiderate message?”
  • من چرا پیغام خامی از گزاف ** بردم از بی‌‌دانشی و از نشاف‌‌
  • “O master,” said the parrot, “what is thy repentance for? What is it that causes this anger and grief?”
  • گفت ای خواجه پشیمانی ز چیست ** چیست آن کاین خشم و غم را مقتضی است‌‌
  • “I told thy complaints,” said he, “to a company of parrots resembling thee. 1655
  • گفت گفتم آن شکایتهای تو ** با گروهی طوطیان همتای تو
  • One parrot got scent of (understood) thy pain: her heart broke, and she trembled and died.
  • آن یکی طوطی ز دردت بوی برد ** زهره‌‌اش بدرید و لرزید و بمرد
  • I became sorry, (thinking) ‘why did I say this?’ but what was the use of repenting after I had said it?”
  • من پشیمان گشتم این گفتن چه بود ** لیک چون گفتم پشیمانی چه سود
  • Know that a word which suddenly shot from the tongue is like an arrow shot from the bow.
  • نکته ای کان جست ناگه از زبان ** همچو تیری دان که جست آن از کمان‌‌
  • O son, that arrow does not turn back on its way: you must dam a torrent at the source.
  • وانگردد از ره آن تیر ای پسر ** بند باید کرد سیلی را ز سر
  • When it left the source behind, it swept over a world (of country): if it lays waste the world, ’tis no wonder. 1660
  • چون گذشت از سر جهانی را گرفت ** گر جهان ویران کند نبود شگفت‌‌
  • There is an unseen bringing forth of effects to (our) action, and the results born of it are not in the control of (human) creatures:
  • فعل را در غیب اثرها زادنی است ** و آن موالیدش به حکم خلق نیست‌‌
  • Those results are all created by God without any partner, though they are imputed to us.
  • بی‌‌شریکی جمله مخلوق خداست ** آن موالید ار چه نسبتشان به ماست‌‌
  • Zayd let fly an arrow in the direction of ‘Amr: his arrow gripped ‘Amr like a leopard.
  • زید پرانید تیری سوی عمر ** عمر را بگرفت تیرش همچو نمر
  • During a long time, a (whole) year, it was producing pain: pains were being produced by God, not by man.
  • مدت سالی همی‌‌زایید درد ** دردها را آفریند حق نه مرد
  • If Zayd who shot (the arrow) died of fright at the moment (when ‘Amr was wounded), (nevertheless) pains are continually being produced there (in ‘Amr's body) until (‘Amr's) death. 1665
  • زید رامی آن دم ار مرد از وجل ** دردها می‌‌زاید آن جا تا اجل‌‌
  • Inasmuch as he (‘Amr) died from the results of the hurt (inflicted on him), for this cause call Zayd (his) murderer on account of (Zayd's having been) the original cause (of his death).
  • ز آن موالید وجع چون مرد او ** زید را ز اول سبب قتال گو
  • Impute those pains to him, though all of them are the work of the Creator.
  • آن وجعها را بدو منسوب دار ** گر چه هست آن جمله صنع کردگار
  • So with sowing and breathing (speaking) and (laying) snares and sexual intercourse: the results of those (actions) are amenable to (determined by the will of) God.
  • همچنین کشت و دم و دام و جماع ** آن موالید است حق را مستطاع‌‌
  • The saints possess power (derived) from God: they turn back from its course the arrow that has sped.
  • اولیا را هست قدرت از اله ** تیر جسته باز آرندش ز راه‌‌
  • The hand (power) of the Lord closes the doors of the results (shuts off the results) from the cause, when the saint repents of that (cause). 1670
  • بسته درهای موالید از سبب ** چون پشیمان شد ولی ز آن دست رب‌‌
  • Through the opening of the door (of Divine grace), he makes unsaid what has been said, so that neither spit nor roast-meat is burnt thereby.
  • گفته ناگفته کند از فتح باب ** تا از آن نه سیخ سوزد نه کباب‌‌
  • He wipes out the saying from all the minds that heard it, and makes it imperceptible.
  • از همه دلها که آن نکته شنید ** آن سخن را کرد محو و ناپدید
  • O sire, if thou must needs have demonstration and proof (of this), recite “(Whatever) verse (We cancel) or cause to be forgotten. ”
  • گرت برهان باید و حجت مها ** باز خوان من آية أو ننسها
  • Read the verse “They made you forget My warning”: acknowledge their (the saints') power to put forgetfulness (in men's hearts).
  • آیت أنسوکم ذکری بخوان ** قدرت نسیان نهادنشان بدان‌‌
  • Since they are able to make (you) remember and forget, they are mighty over all the hearts of (God's) creatures. 1675
  • چون به تذکیر و به نسیان قادراند ** بر همه دلهای خلقان قاهراند
  • When he (the saint) has blocked the road of (your) mental perception by means of forgetfulness, it is impossible (for you) to act, even if there be virtue (in you).
  • چون به نسیان بست او راه نظر ** کار نتوان کرد ور باشد هنر
  • Ye have made those exalted ones a laughing-stock. Recite from the Qur’án as far as (the words) “They made you forget.”
  • خلتم سخریه اهل السمو ** از نبی خوانید تا أنسوکم‌‌
  • He that owns a village is king over bodies; he that owns a heart is king over your hearts.
  • صاحب ده پادشاه جسمهاست ** صاحب دل شاه دلهای شماست‌‌
  • Without any doubt, action (practice) is a branch of (subordinate to) seeing (theory): therefore Man is nothing but “the little man” (the pupil of the eye).
  • فرع دید آمد عمل بی‌‌هیچ شک ** پس نباشد مردم الا مردمک‌‌
  • I dare not expound the whole of this (subject): hindrance thereto is coming from those who are at the centre. 1680
  • من تمام این نیارم گفت از آن ** منع می‌‌آید ز صاحب مرکزان‌‌
  • Inasmuch as the forgetfulness and recollection of (God's) creatures are with him (depend on the perfect saint), and he comes at their call for help,
  • چون فراموشی خلق و یادشان ** با وی است و او رسد فریادشان‌‌
  • Every night that glorious one is emptying from their hearts hundreds of thousands of good and evil (thoughts),
  • صد هزاران نیک و بد را آن بهی ** می‌‌کند هر شب ز دلهاشان تهی‌‌
  • (While) in the daytime he is filling their hearts therewith— he is filling those oyster-shells with pearls.
  • روز دلها را از آن پر می‌‌کند ** آن صدفها را پر از در می‌‌کند
  • By (Divine) guidance (after sleep is past) all those thoughts of former things recognize the spirits (to which they were attached).
  • آن همه اندیشه‌‌ی پیشانها ** می‌‌شناسند از هدایت جانها
  • Your handicraft and skill come (back) to you, that they may open to you the door of (ways and) means. 1685
  • پیشه و فرهنگ تو آید به تو ** تا در اسباب بگشاید به تو