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  • And through (his) being weaned from food he becomes (a sage) like Luqmán; he becomes a seeker (hunter) of the hidden game.
  • وز فطام لقمه لقمانی شود ** طالب اشکار پنهانی شود
  • If any one were to say to the embryo in the womb, “Outside is a world exceedingly well-ordered,
  • گر جنین را کس بگفتی در رحم ** هست بیرون عالمی بس منتظم
  • A pleasant earth, broad and long, wherein are a hundred delights and so many things to eat,
  • یک زمینی خرمی با عرض و طول ** اندرو صد نعمت و چندین اکول
  • Mountains and seas and plains, fragrant orchards, gardens and sown fields, 55
  • کوهها و بحرها و دشتها ** بوستانها باغها و کشتها
  • A sky very lofty and full of light, sun and moonbeams and a hundred stars.
  • آسمانی بس بلند و پر ضیا ** آفتاب و ماهتاب و صد سها
  • From the south-wind and from the north-wind and from the west-wind the gardens have (the appearance of) wedding-feasts and banquets.
  • از جنوب و از شمال و از دبور ** باغها دارد عروسیها و سور
  • Its marvels come not into (are beyond) description: why art thou in tribulation in this darkness?
  • در صفت ناید عجایبهای آن ** تو درین ظلمت چه‌ای در امتحان
  • (Why) dost thou drink blood on the gibbet of this narrow place (the womb) in the midst of confinement and filth and pain?”—
  • خون خوری در چارمیخ تنگنا ** در میان حبس و انجاس و عنا
  • It (the embryo), in virtue of its present state, would be incredulous, and would turn away from this message and would disbelieve it, 60
  • او بحکم حال خود منکر بدی ** زین رسالت معرض و کافر شدی
  • Saying, “This is absurd and is a deceit and delusion,” because the mind of the blind can not conceive (such a thing).
  • کین محالست و فریبست و غرور ** زانک تصویری ندارد وهم کور
  • Inasmuch as its (the embryo's) perception has not seen anything of the kind, its incredulous perception would not listen (to the truth);
  • جنس چیزی چون ندید ادراک او ** نشنود ادراک منکرناک او
  • Just as in this world the Abdál speak of that (other) world to the common folk,
  • همچنانک خلق عام اندر جهان ** زان جهان ابدال می‌گویندشان
  • Saying, “This world is an exceeding dark and narrow pit; outside is a world without scent or colour”:
  • کین جهان چاهیست بس تاریک و تنگ ** هست بیرون عالمی بی بو و رنگ
  • Naught (of their words) entered into the ear of a single one of them, for this (sensual) desire is a barrier huge and stout. 65
  • هیچ در گوش کسی زیشان نرفت ** کین طمع آمد حجاب ژرف و زفت
  • Desire closes the ear (and hinders it) from hearing; self-interest closes the eye (and hinders it) from beholding,
  • گوش را بندد طمع از استماع ** چشم را بندد غرض از اطلاع
  • Even as, in the case of the embryo, desire for the blood which is its nourishment in the low abodes
  • همچنانک آن جنین را طمع خون ** کان غذای اوست در اوطان دون
  • Debarred it from (hearkening to) the news of this world: it knows no breakfast but blood.
  • از حدیث این جهان محجوب کرد ** غیر خون او می‌نداند چاشت خورد
  • Story of those who ate the young elephant from greed and because they neglected the advice of the sincere counsellor.
  • قصه‌ی خورندگان پیل‌بچه از حرص و ترک نصیحت ناصح
  • Hast thou heard that in India a sage espied a party of friends?
  • آن شنیدی تو که در هندوستان ** دید دانایی گروهی دوستان
  • Left hungry, lacking provisions, and naked, they were coming from travel on a far road. 70
  • گرسنه مانده شده بی‌برگ و عور ** می‌رسیدند از سفر از راه دور
  • His wisdom's love was stirred (within him), and he gave them a fair greeting and blossomed like a rose-bush.
  • مهر داناییش جوشید و بگفت ** خوش سلامیشان و چون گلبن شکفت
  • “I know,” he said, “that anguish has gathered upon you from this Karbalá (of suffering) in consequence of hunger and emptiness;
  • گفت دانم کز تجوع وز خلا ** جمع آمد رنجتان زین کربلا
  • But, for God's sake, for God's sake, O illustrious company, let not your food be the young of the elephant!
  • لیک الله الله ای قوم جلیل ** تا نباشد خوردتان فرزند پیل
  • The elephant is in this direction that ye are now going; do not tear in pieces the elephant's offspring, but hearken (to me).
  • پیل هست این سو که اکنون می‌روید ** پیل‌زاده مشکرید و بشنوید
  • The young elephants are on your road: to hunt them down is what your hearts desire exceedingly. 75
  • پیل‌بچگانند اندر راهتان ** صید ایشان هست بس دلخواهتان
  • They are very weak and tender and very fat, but their mother is searching (after them and) lying in wait.
  • بس ضعیف‌اند و لطیف و بس سمین ** لیک مادر هست طالب در کمین
  • She will roam a hundred leagues' distance in quest of her children, moaning and making lament.
  • از پی فرزند صد فرسنگ راه ** او بگردد در حنین و آه آه
  • Fire and smoke issue from her trunk: beware of (hurting) those pitied (cherished) children of hers!”
  • آتش و دود آید از خرطوم او ** الحذر زان کودک مرحوم او
  • O son, the saints are God's children: (both) in (their) absence and presence they are well aware (of this).
  • اولیا اطفال حق‌اند ای پسر ** غایبی و حاضری بس با خبر
  • Do not deem absence (from Him) to be the result of imperfection on their part, for He takes vengeance for the sake of their spirits (which are one with Him). 80
  • غایبی مندیش از نقصانشان ** کو کشد کین از برای جانشان
  • He said, “These saints are My children in exile, sundered from dominion and glory;
  • گفت اطفال من‌اند این اولیا ** در غریبی فرد از کار و کیا
  • (They are) despised and orphaned for the sake of probation, but secretly I am their friend and intimate.
  • از برای امتحان خوار و یتیم ** لیک اندر سر منم یار و ندیم
  • All of them are supported by My protections: you may say they are in sooth parts of Me.
  • پشت‌دار جمله عصمتهای من ** گوییا هستند خود اجزای من
  • Take heed! Take heed! These are My dervishes; they are a hundred thousand thousand and (yet) they are one body.”
  • هان و هان این دلق‌پوشان من‌اند ** صد هزار اندر هزار و یک تن‌اند
  • Else, how should a Moses have overthrown Pharaoh by means of one goodly rod? 85
  • ورنه کی کردی به یک چوبی هنر ** موسیی فرعون را زیر و زبر
  • Else, how should Noah have submerged East and West in his Flood by means of one evil curse?
  • ورنه کی کردی به یک نفرین بد ** نوح شرق و غرب را غرقاب خود
  • One prayer of the generous Lot would not have rased (to the ground) all their (his people's) city (and left them) in despair.
  • بر نکندی یک دعای لوط راد ** جمله شهرستانشان را بی مراد
  • Their city, resembling Paradise, became a lake of black water: go, behold the sign!
  • گشت شهرستان چون فردوسشان ** دجله‌ی آب سیه رو بین نشان
  • This sign and this information (admonition) lies in the direction of Syria: you will see it as you pass on the way to Jerusalem.
  • سوی شامست این نشان و این خبر ** در ره قدسش ببینی در گذر
  • Hundreds of thousands of prophets who worshipped God— truly there have been chastisements (inflicted by them) in every generation. 90
  • صد هزاران ز انبیای حق‌پرست ** خود بهر قرنی سیاستها بدست
  • If I should tell on and if this narration should increase (in length), not only (men's) hearts but the (very) mountains would bleed.
  • گر بگویم وین بیان افزون شود ** خود جگر چه بود که کهها خون شود
  • The mountains bleed and again become solid, (but) you do not see them bleed: you are blind and reprobate.
  • خون شود کهها و باز آن بفسرد ** تو نبینی خون شدن کوری و رد
  • Human greed sees hair by hair (every detail) of self-interest: like a bear, he keeps dancing to no purpose.
  • طرفه کوری دوربین تیزچشم ** لیک از اشتر نبیند غیر پشم
  • Man, from the parsimony of greed, inspects hair by hair: like a bear, he keeps dancing to no purpose.
  • مو بمو بیند ز صرفه حرص انس ** رقص بی مقصود دارد همچو خرس
  • Dance (only) where you break (mortify) yourself and (when you) tear away the cotton from the sore of lust. 95
  • رقص آنجا کن که خود را بشکنی ** پنبه را از ریش شهوت بر کنی
  • (Holy) men dance and wheel on the (spiritual) battle-field: they dance in their own blood.
  • رقص و جولان بر سر میدان کنند ** رقص اندر خون خود مردان کنند
  • When they are freed from the hand (dominion) of self, they clap a hand; when they escape from their own imperfection, they make a dance.
  • چون رهند از دست خود دستی زنند ** چون جهند از نقص خود رقصی کنند
  • From within them musicians strike the tambourine; at their ecstasy the seas burst into foam.
  • مطربانشان از درون دف می‌زنند ** بحرها در شورشان کف می‌زنند
  • You see it not, but for their ears the leaves too on the boughs are clapping hands.
  • تو نبینی لیک بهر گوششان ** برگها بر شاخها هم کف‌زنان
  • You do not see the clapping of the leaves: one must have the spiritual ear, not this ear of the body. 100
  • تو نبینی برگها را کف زدن ** گوش دل باید نه این گوش بدن
  • Close the ear of the head to jesting and lying, that you may see the resplendent city of the soul.
  • گوش سر بر بند از هزل و دروغ ** تا ببینی شهر جان با فروغ