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2852-2901

  • It is in love (with thee) and is lingering (only) because it knows of thy lack of self-denial, O trifler.
  • عاشقست و می‌زند او مول‌مول  ** که ز بی‌صبریت داند ای فضول 
  • If thou hadst any self-denial, the daily bread would come and throw itself upon thee as lovers do.
  • گر ترا صبری بدی رزق آمدی  ** خویشتن چون عاشقان بر تو زدی 
  • What is this feverish trembling for fear of hunger? In (possession of) trust in God one can live full-fed.
  • این تب لرزه ز خوف جوع چیست  ** در توکل سیر می‌تانند زیست 
  • Story of the cow that is alone in a great island. God most High fills the great island with plants and sweet herbs which are cows' fodder, and the cow feeds on all that (vegetation) till nightfall and grows fat (and big) as a mountain-crag. When night comes, she cannot sleep for anxiety and fear, (for she thinks), “I have fed on the whole field: what shall I eat to-morrow?” So in consequence of this anxiety she becomes thin like a toothpick. At daybreak she sees the whole field is greener and richer than it was yesterday, and again she eats and grows fat. Then again at nightfall the same anxiety seizes her. For years she has been experiencing the like of this, and (yet) she puts no confidence (in the Provider).
  • حکایت آن گاو کی تنها در جزیره ایست بزرگ حق تعالی آن جزیره‌ی بزرگ را پر کند از نبات و ریاحین کی علف گاو باشد تا به شب آن گاو همه را بخورد و فربه شود چون کوه پاره‌ای چون شب شود خوابش نبرد از غصه و خوف کی همه صحرا را چریدم فردا چه خورم تا ازین غصه لاغر شود هم‌چون خلال روز برخیزد همه صحرا را سبزتر و انبوه‌تر بیند از دی باز بخورد و فربه شود باز شبش همان غم بگیرد سالهاست کی او هم‌چنین می‌بیند و اعتماد نمی‌کند 
  • There is in the world a green island where a sweet-mouthed cow lives alone. 2855
  • یک جزیره‌ی سبز هست اندر جهان  ** اندرو گاویست تنها خوش‌دهان 
  • She feeds on the whole field till nightfall, so that she grows stout and big and choice.
  • جمله صحرا را چرد او تا به شب  ** تا شود زفت و عظیم و منتجب 
  • During the night she becomes thin as a hair from anxiety, because she thinks, “What shall I eat to-morrow?”
  • شب ز اندیشه که فردا چه خورم  ** گردد او چون تار مو لاغر ز غم 
  • At rise of dawn the field becomes green: the green blades and grain have grown up to (a man's) middle.
  • چون برآید صبح گردد سبز دشت  ** تا میان رسته قصیل سبز و کشت 
  • The cow falls to ravenously: till night she feeds on that (vegetation and devours it) entirely.
  • اندر افتد گاو با جوع البقر  ** تا به شب آن را چرد او سر به سر 
  • Again she becomes stout and fat and bulky: her body is filled with fat and strength. 2860
  • باز زفت و فربه و لمتر شود  ** آن تنش از پیه و قوت پر شود 
  • Then again at night she (is stricken) by panic (and) falls into a fever (of anxiety), so that from fear of seeking (vainly) for fodder she becomes lean,
  • باز شب اندر تب افتد از فزع  ** تا شود لاغر ز خوف منتجع 
  • Thinking, “What shall I eat to-morrow at meal-time?” This is what that cow does for (many) years.
  • که چه خواهم خورد فردا وقت خور  ** سالها اینست کار آن بقر 
  • She never thinks, “All these years I have been eating from this meadow and this pasture;
  • هیچ نندیشد که چندین سال من  ** می‌خورم زین سبزه‌زار و زین چمن 
  • My provender has never failed (even) for a day: what, (then), is this fear and anguish and heart-burning of mine?”
  • هیچ روزی کم نیامد روزیم  ** چیست این ترس و غم و دلسوزیم 
  • (No); when night falls that stout cow becomes lean again, thinking, “Alas, the provender is gone.” 2865
  • باز چون شب می‌شود آن گاو زفت  ** می‌شود لاغر که آوه رزق رفت 
  • The cow is the carnal soul, and the field is this world, where she (the carnal soul) is made lean by fear for her daily bread,
  • نفس آن گاوست و آن دشت این جهان  ** کو همی لاغر شود از خوف نان 
  • Thinking, “I wonder what I shall eat in the future: whence shall I seek food for to-morrow?”
  • که چه خواهم خورد مستقبل عجب  ** لوت فردا از کجا سازم طلب 
  • Thou hast eaten for years, and food has never failed: leave the future and look at the past.
  • سالها خوردی و کم نامد ز خور  ** ترک مستقبل کن و ماضی نگر 
  • Bring to mind the food and viands thou hast eaten (already): do not regard what is to come, and do not be miserable.
  • لوت و پوت خورده را هم یاد آر  ** منگر اندر غابر و کم باش زار 
  • How the lion made the ass his prey, and being thirsty after his exertions went to the spring to drink. Before his return the fox had eaten the liver together with the lungs, heart, and kidneys, which are the choicest parts. The lion looked for the heart and liver, and when he did not find them asked the fox where they were. The fox replied, “If he had possessed a heart and liver, how should he have come back to thee after receiving such a stern lesson on that day and (only) saving his life by means of a thousand devices?” “If we had hearkened or considered with understanding we should not have been among the fellows of Hell-fire.”
  • صید کردن شیر آن خر را و تشنه شدن شیر از کوشش رفت به چشمه تا آب خورد تا باز آمدن شیر جگربند و دل و گرده را روباه خورده بود کی لطیفترست شیر طلب کرد دل و جگر نیافت از روبه پرسید کی کو دل و جگر روبه گفت اگر او را دل و جگر بودی آنچنان سیاستی دیده بود آن روز و به هزار حیله جان برده کی بر تو باز آمدی لوکنا نسمع او نعقل ماکنا فی اصحاب السعیر 
  • The little fox brought the ass into the presence of the lion: the courageous lion tore him to pieces. 2870
  • برد خر را روبهک تا پیش شیر  ** پاره‌پاره کردش آن شیر دلیر 
  • The King of the Beasts was made thirsty by his exertions and went to the spring to drink some water.
  • تشنه شد از کوشش آن سلطان دد  ** رفت سوی چشمه تا آبی خورد 
  • Meanwhile the little fox, having got an opportunity, ate his (the ass's) liver, lungs, and heart.
  • روبهک خورد آن جگربند و دلش  ** آن زمان چون فرصتی شد حاصلش 
  • When the lion returned from the spring to eat (his prey), he looked in the ass to find the heart, (but) there was neither heart nor liver.
  • شیر چون وا گشت از چشمه به خور  ** جست در خر دل نه دل بد نه جگر 
  • He said to the fox, “Where is the liver? What has become of the heart?—for no animal can do without these two (organs).”
  • گفت روبه را جگر کو دل چه شد  ** که نباشد جانور را زین دو بد 
  • He (the fox) replied, “If he had possessed a heart or liver, how should he have come here a second time? 2875
  • گفت گر بودی ورا دل یا جگر  ** کی بدینجا آمدی بار دگر 
  • He had experienced that tremendous agony and turmoil, the scramble down the mountain, the terror, and the flight;
  • آن قیامت دیده بود و رستخیز  ** وآن ز کوه افتادن و هول و گریز 
  • If he had had a liver or heart, how could he have come a second time into thy presence?”
  • گر جگر بودی ورا یا دل بدی  ** بار دیگر کی بر تو آمدی 
  • When there is no light in the heart, ’tis no heart; when there is no spirit (in the body), ’tis naught but earth.
  • چون نباشد نور دل دل نیست آن  ** چون نباشد روح جز گل نیست آن 
  • The (heart resembling) glass that hath no spiritual light is (like) urine and the urine-phial: do not call it a lamp.
  • آن زجاجی کو ندارد نور جان  ** بول و قاروره‌ست قندیلش مخوان 
  • The light in the lamp is the gift of the Almighty; the glass and earthenware (vessels) are His creatures' handiwork. 2880
  • نور مصباحست داد ذوالجلال  ** صنعت خلقست آن شیشه و سفال 
  • Necessarily in respect of the vessels there is number, (but) in respect of the flames (of light) there is naught but unity.
  • لاجرم در ظرف باشد اعتداد  ** در لهبها نبود الا اتحاد 
  • When the light of six lamps is mingled together, there is no number and plurality in their light.
  • نور شش قندیل چون آمیختند  ** نیست اندر نورشان اعداد و چند 
  • The Jew has become a polytheist from (regarding) the vessels; the true believer regarded the light and (consequently) has become endowed with (spiritual) perception.
  • آن جهود از ظرفها مشرک شده‌ست  ** نور دید آن ممن و مدرک شده‌ست 
  • When the sight falls upon the spirit's vessel, it regards Seth and Noah as being two.
  • چون نظر بر ظرف افتد روح را  ** پس دو بیند شیث را و نوح را 
  • When there is water in it (the canal), (only then) is it (really) a canal: the (real) man is he that hath the spirit (within him). 2885
  • جو که آبش هست جو خود آن بود  ** آدمی آنست کو را جان بود 
  • These (others) are not men, they are (mere) forms: they are dead with (desire for) bread and killed by appetite.
  • این نه مردانند اینها صورتند  ** مرده‌ی نانند و کشته‌ی شهوتند 
  • Story of the monk who went about with a lamp in the daytime in the midst of the bazaar because of the ecstasy which he had (in his heart).
  • حکایت آن راهب که روز با چراغ می‌گشت در میان بازار از سر حالتی کی او را بود 
  • That person was going about in a bazaar in the daytime with a candle, his heart full of love and (spiritual) ardour.
  • آن یکی با شمع برمی‌گشت روز  ** گرد بازاری دلش پر عشق و سوز 
  • A busybody said to him, “Hey, O such-and-such, what are you seeking beside every shop?
  • بوالفضولی گفت او را کای فلان  ** هین چه می‌جویی به سوی هر دکان 
  • Hey, why are you going about in search (of something) with a lamp in bright daylight? What is the joke?”
  • هین چه می‌گردی تو جویان با چراغ  ** در میان روز روشن چیست لاغ 
  • He replied, “I am searching everywhere for a man that is alive with the life inspired by that (Divine) Breath. 2890
  • گفت می‌جویم به هر سو آدمی  ** که بود حی از حیات آن دمی 
  • Is there a man in existence?” “This bazaar,” said the other, “is full: surely they are men, O noble sage.”
  • هست مردی گفت این بازار پر  ** مردمانند آخر ای دانای حر 
  • He answered, “I want (one who is) a man on the two-wayed road—in the way of anger and at the time of desire.
  • گفت خواهم مرد بر جاده‌ی دو ره  ** در ره خشم و به هنگام شره 
  • Where is (one who is) a man at the moment of anger and at the moment of appetite? In search of (such) a man I am running from street to street.
  • وقت خشم و وقت شهوت مرد کو  ** طالب مردی دوانم کو به کو 
  • Where in the world is (one who is) a man on these two occasions, that I may devote my life to him to-day?”
  • کو درین دو حال مردی در جهان  ** تا فدای او کنم امروز جان 
  • “You are seeking a rare thing,” said he; “but you take no heed of the (Divine) ordinance and destiny. Consider well! 2895
  • گفت نادر چیز می‌جویی ولیک  ** غافل از حکم و قضایی بین تو نیک 
  • You regard (only) the branch, you are unaware of the root: we are the branch, the ordinances of the (Divine) decree are the root.”
  • ناظر فرعی ز اصلی بی‌خبر  ** فرع ماییم اصل احکام قدر 
  • The (Divine) destiny causes the rolling sphere (of heaven) to lose its way; the (Divine) destiny makes a hundred Mercuries to be ignorant;
  • چرخ گردان را قضا گمره کند  ** صدعطارد را قضا ابله کند 
  • It makes the world of (our) contrivance to be straitened; it makes iron and hard rock to be (unresisting as) water.
  • تنگ گرداند جهان چاره را  ** آب گرداند حدید و خاره را 
  • O thou who hast resolved upon the way (thou wilt go), step by step, thou art the rawest of the raw, the rawest of the raw, the rawest of the raw.
  • ای قراری داده ره را گام گام  ** خام خامی خام خامی خام خام 
  • Since thou hast seen the revolution of the millstone, come now, see also the water of the river. 2900
  • چون بدیدی گردش سنگ آسیا  ** آب جو را هم ببین آخر بیا 
  • Thou hast seen the dust rise into the air: amidst the dust see the wind.
  • خاک را دیدی برآمد در هوا  ** در میان خاک بنگر باد را