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  • Whatever, then, you wish to mate with, go, become absorbed by it, and assume its shape and qualities. 3605
  • پس تو هر جفتی که می‌‌خواهی برو ** محو و هم شکل و صفات او بشو
  • If you wish for the light, make yourself ready to receive the light; if you wish to be far (from God), become self-conceited and far;
  • نور خواهی مستعد نور شو ** دور خواهی خویش بین و دور شو
  • And if you wish (to find) a way out of this ruined prison, do not turn your head away from the Beloved, but bow in worship and draw nigh.
  • ور رهی خواهی ازین سجن خرب ** سر مکش از دوست و اسجد و اقترب‌‌
  • The remainder of the story of Zayd (and what he said) in answer to the Prophet, on whom be peace.
  • بقیه‌‌ی قصه‌‌ی زید در جواب رسول علیه السلام‌‌
  • This discourse hath no end. “Arise, O Zayd, and tie a shackle on the Buráq (steed) of thy rational spirit.
  • این سخن پایان ندارد خیز زید ** بر براق ناطقه بر بند قید
  • Since the rational spirit exposes faults, it is rending the curtains of concealment.
  • ناطقه چون فاضح آمد عیب را ** می‌‌دراند پرده‌‌های غیب را
  • Concealment is desired by God for awhile. Drive away this drummer, bar the road! 3610
  • غیب مطلوب حق آمد چند گاه ** این دهل‌‌زن را بران بر بند راه‌‌
  • Do not gallop, draw rein, ’tis better it (the mystery) should be veiled; 'tis better that every one should be gladdened by his own fancy.
  • تک مران در کش عنان مستور به ** هر کس از پندار خود مسرور به‌‌
  • God is wishing that even His despairing ones should not avert their faces (refrain) from this worship (of Him).
  • حق همی‌‌خواهد که نومیدان او ** زین عبادت هم نگردانند رو
  • Even on the ground of a hope they become ennobled: for a few days (a short time) they are running at its stirrup (following Divine worship).
  • هم به اومیدی مشرف می‌‌شوند ** چند روزی در رکابش می‌‌دوند
  • He wishes that that mercy should shine upon all, on the evil and the good, because of the universality of His mercy.
  • خواهد آن رحمت بتابد بر همه ** بر بد و نیک از عموم مرحمه‌‌
  • God is wishing that every prince and captive should be hopeful and fearful and afraid. 3615
  • حق همی‌‌خواهد که هر میر و اسیر ** با رجا و خوف باشند و حذیر
  • This hope and fear are in the veil (separating the seen from the unseen), that they may be fostered behind this veil.
  • این رجا و خوف در پرده بود ** تا پس این پرده پرورده شود
  • When thou hast rent the veil, where are fear and hope? The might and majesty belonging to the Unseen are divulged.”
  • چون دریدی پرده کو خوف و رجا ** غیب را شد کر و فری بر ملا
  • A young man on the bank of a river thought (to himself), “Our fisherman (here) is Solomon.
  • بر لب جو برد ظنی یک فتا ** که سلیمان است ماهی‌‌گیر ما
  • (But) if this is he, why is he alone and disguised? And if not, why has he the aspect of Solomon?”
  • گر وی است این از چه فرد است و خفی است ** ور نه سیمای سلیمانیش چیست‌‌
  • Thus thinking, he remained in two minds until Solomon (once more) became king and absolute ruler. 3620
  • اندر این اندیشه می‌‌بود او دو دل ** تا سلیمان گشت شاه و مستقل‌‌
  • The demon departed and fled from his (Solomon's) kingdom and throne: the sword of his fortune shed that devil's blood.
  • دیو رفت از ملک و تخت او گریخت ** تیغ بختش خون آن شیطان بریخت‌‌
  • He put the ring upon his finger, the hosts of demons and peris assembled.
  • کرد در انگشت خود انگشتری ** جمع آمد لشکر دیو و پری‌‌
  • The men came to look, amongst them he who had the fancy (that the fisherman was Solomon in disguise).
  • آمدند از بهر نظاره رجال ** در میانشان آن که بد صاحب خیال‌‌
  • When he saw the ring on his finger, his perplexity and doubt vanished all at once.
  • چون در انگشتش بدید انگشتری ** رفت اندیشه و تحری یک سری‌‌
  • Imagination occurs (only) at the time when that (object of desire) is hidden: this searching is after the unseen. 3625
  • وهم آن گاه است کان پوشیده است ** این تحری از پی نادیده است‌‌
  • Whilst he was absent, fancy waxed strong in his breast: as soon as he was present, his fancy departed.
  • شد خیال غایب اندر سینه زفت ** چون که حاضر شد خیال او برفت‌‌
  • If the radiant sky is not without rain, neither is the dark earth without vegetation.
  • گر سمای نور بی‌‌باریده نیست ** هم زمین تار بی‌‌بالیده نیست‌‌
  • (God said), “I want (what is signified by the words) they believe in the unseen: on that account I have shut the window of the fleeting world.
  • يؤمنون بالغيب می‌‌باید مرا ** ز آن ببستم روزن فانی سرا
  • When (if) I cleave the sky manifestly, how should I say, ‘Dost thou see any clefts therein?’”
  • چون شکافم آسمان را در ظهور ** چون بگویم هل تری فیها فطور
  • In order that in this darkness they may spread (the carpet of) endeavour, they are turning, every one, their faces in some direction. 3630
  • تا در این ظلمت تحری گسترند ** هر کسی رو جانبی می‌‌آورند
  • For awhile things are reversed: the thief brings the magistrate to the gallows,
  • مدتی معکوس باشد کارها ** شحنه را دزد آورد بر دارها
  • So that many a sultan and man of lofty spirit becomes the slave of his own slave for awhile.
  • تا که بس سلطان و عالی همتی ** بنده‌‌ی بنده‌‌ی خود آید مدتی‌‌
  • Service (performed) in absence (through faith in the unseen) is fair and comely; when service is demanded (by God from us), ‘tis pleasing (to Him) that the absent should be remembered (that we should remember to perform what is due to Him, though He is unseen).
  • بندگی در غیب آید خوب و گش ** حفظ غیب آید در استعباد خوش‌‌
  • Where (in what position) is one that praises the king in his presence, compared with one that is shamefaced in absence (from him)?
  • کو که مدح شاه گوید پیش او ** تا که در غیبت بود او شرم رو
  • The governor of a fortress who, on the border of the kingdom, far from the sultan and the shadow (protection) of the sultanate, 3635
  • قلعه داری کز کنار مملکت ** دور از سلطان و سایه‌‌ی سلطنت‌‌
  • Guards the fortress from enemies and will not sell it for boundless riches,
  • پاس دارد قلعه را از دشمنان ** قلعه نفروشد به مال بی‌‌کران‌‌
  • Who, though absent from the king on the outskirt of the frontiers, keeps faith (with him) like one who is present—
  • غایب از شه در کنار ثغرها ** همچو حاضر او نگه دارد وفا
  • He in the king's sight is better than the rest who are serving in his presence and ready to devote their lives.
  • پیش شه او به بود از دیگران ** که به خدمت حاضرند و جان فشان‌‌
  • Therefore half an atom of regard to one's duty in absence is better than a hundred thousand fold observance thereof in presence.
  • پس به غیبت نیم ذره‌‌ی حفظ کار ** به که اندر حاضری ز آن صد هزار
  • Obedience (to God) and faith are praiseworthy now; after death, when all is plainly shown, they will be spurned. 3640
  • طاعت و ایمان کنون محمود شد ** بعد مرگ اندر عیان مردود شد
  • “Inasmuch as the unseen and the absent and the veil are better, close thy lips, and the lip is better silent.
  • چون که غیب و غایب و رو پوش به ** پس لبان بر بند لب خاموش به‌‌
  • O brother, refrain from speech: God himself will make manifest the knowledge that is with Him (in His possession).
  • ای برادر دست وا دار از سخن ** خود خدا پیدا کند علم لدن‌‌
  • Witness enough for the sun is its face: what thing is the greatest witness (of all)? God.”
  • بس بود خورشید را رویش گواه ** أی شی‌‌ء أعظم الشاهد إله‌‌
  • “Nay, speak I will, since both God and the angels and the men of learning are allied in setting forth (this truth).
  • نه بگویم چون قرین شد در بیان ** هم خدا و هم ملک هم عالمان‌‌
  • God and the angels and those learned in the sciences (of divinity) bear witness that there is no Lord except Him who endureth for ever.” 3645
  • یشهد الله و الملک و اهل العلوم ** إنه لا رب إلا من یدوم‌‌
  • Since God hath given testimony, who are the angels, that they should be associated in the testimony?
  • چون گواهی داد حق که بود ملک ** تا شود اندر گواهی مشترک‌‌
  • (They are associated) because unsound (weak) eyes and hearts cannot support the radiance and presence of the Sun,
  • ز آن که شعشاع حضور آفتاب ** بر نتابد چشم و دلهای خراب‌‌
  • Like a bat, which cannot bear the glow of the sun and abandons hope.
  • چون خفاشی کاو تف خورشید را ** بر نتابد بگسلد اومید را
  • Know, then, that the angels, as we also, are helpers (co-witnesses)—displayers of the sun in heaven—
  • پس ملایک را چو ما هم یار دان ** جلوه گر خورشید را بر آسمان‌‌
  • Who say, “We have derived (our) light from a Sun, we have shone upon the weak, like vicegerents (of a mighty King).” 3650
  • کاین ضیا ما ز آفتابی یافتیم ** چون خلیفه بر ضعیفان تافتیم‌‌
  • Like the new moon or the moon three days old or the full moon, every angel has (a particular) perfection and light and (spiritual) worth.
  • چون مه نو یا سه روزه یا که بدر ** مرتبه‌‌ی هر یک ملک در نور و قدر
  • Every angel, according to their (different) degrees, has (a portion of) that radiance, consisting of three or four (pairs of) luminous wings,
  • ز اجنحه‌‌ی نور ثلاث او رباع ** بر مراتب هر ملک را آن شعاع‌‌
  • Just as the wings of human intellects, amongst which there is great difference (in quality).
  • همچو پرهای عقول انسیان ** که بسی فرق است شان اندر میان‌‌
  • Hence the associate of every human being in good and evil is that angel who resembles him or her.
  • پس قرین هر بشر در نیک و بد ** آن ملک باشد که مانندش بود