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  • These (feathers) are the weapons of my pride, O noble sir: pride brings a hundred afflictions on the proud.
  • این سلاح عجب من شد ای فتی  ** عجب آرد معجبان را صد بلا 
  • Explaining that accomplishments and intellectual abilities and worldly wealth are enemies to (spiritual) life, like the peacock's feathers.
  • بیان آنک هنرها و زیرکیها و مال دنیا هم‌چون پرهای طاوس عدو جانست 
  • Accomplishments, then, are a destruction to the (spiritually) ignorant man, for in his pursuit of the bait he does not see the trap.
  • پس هنر آمد هلاکت خام را  ** کز پی دانه نبیند دام را 
  • Free-will is good for him (alone) who is master of himself in (respect of obeying the command) ‘Fear ye (God).’
  • اختیار آن را نکو باشد که او  ** مالک خود باشد اندر اتقوا 
  • When there is no safeguarding (of one's self) and piety, beware, put far (from thee) the instrument (that serves as a means to sin): drop free-will. 650
  • چون نباشد حفظ و تقوی زینهار  ** دور کن آلت بینداز اختیار 
  • Those feathers are the object of my display (pride) and free-will: I will tear out the feathers, for they are in quest of my head.
  • جلوه‌گاه و اختیارم آن پرست  ** بر کنم پر را که در قصد سرست 
  • The self-restrained man deems his feathers to be naught, in order that his feathers may not cast him into calamity and bale.
  • نیست انگارد پر خود را صبور  ** تا پرش در نفکند در شر و شور 
  • Therefore his feathers are no harm to him: let him not tear them out, (for) if an arrow (of temptation) come (against him) he will present the shield (of self-restraint).
  • پس زیانش نیست پر گو بر مکن  ** گر رسد تیری به پیش آرد مجن 
  • But to me my beauteous feathers are an enemy, since I cannot restrain myself from making a display.
  • لیک بر من پر زیبا دشمنیست  ** چونک از جلوه‌گری صبریم نیست 
  • If self-restraint and safeguarding had been my guide, my (spiritual) conquest would have been increased by (the exercise of) free-will; 655
  • گر بدی صبر و حفاظم راه‌بر  ** بر فزودی ز اختیارم کر و فر 
  • (But) in (the case of) temptations I am like a child or a drunken man: the sword is unsuitable (out of place) in my hand.
  • هم‌چو طفلم یا چو مست اندر فتن  ** نیست لایق تیغ اندر دست من 
  • Had I possessed an intellect and conscience (to restrain me), the sword in my hand would have been (a means of gaining) victory.
  • گر مرا عقلی بدی و منزجر  ** تیغ اندر دست من بودی ظفر 
  • An intellect giving light like the sun is needed to wield the sword that never misses the right direction.
  • عقل باید نورده چون آفتاب  ** تا زند تیغی که نبود جز صواب 
  • Since I do not possess a resplendent intellect and righteousness (in religion), why, then, should not I throw my weapons into the well?
  • چون ندارم عقل تابان و صلاح  ** پس چرا در چاه نندازم سلاح 
  • I now throw my sword and shield into the well; for (otherwise) they will become the weapons of my adversary. 660
  • در چه اندازم کنون تیغ و مجن  ** کین سلاح خصم من خواهد شدن 
  • Since I do not possess strength and aid and support, he (the adversary) will seize my sword and smite me with it.
  • چون ندارم زور و یاری و سند  ** تیغم او بستاند و بر من زند 
  • In despite of this fleshly soul and evil-natured one who does not veil her face, I will rend my face,
  • رغم این نفس وقیحه‌خوی را  ** که نپوشد رو خراشم روی را 
  • That this beauty and perfection (of mine) may be impaired. When my face (beauty) remains no more, I shall not fall into woe.
  • تا شود کم این جمال و این کمال  ** چون نماند رو کم افتم در وبال 
  • When I rend (my face) with this intention, ’tis no sin, for this face ought to be covered with wounds.
  • چون بدین نیت خراشم بزه نیست  ** که به زخم این روی را پوشیدنیست 
  • If my heart had a modest disposition, my handsome face would produce naught but purity (goodness). 665
  • گر دلم خوی ستیری داشتی  ** روی خوبم جز صفا نفراشتی 
  • Since I did not see (in myself) strength and wisdom and righteousness, I saw the adversary and at once broke my weapons,
  • چون ندیدم زور و فرهنگ و صلاح  ** خصم دیدم زود بشکستم سلاح 
  • Lest my sword should become useful to him; lest my dagger should become hurtful to me.
  • تا نگردد تیغ من او را کمال  ** تا نگردد خنجرم بر من وبال 
  • I will continue to flee as long as my veins are running, (but) how should it be easy to escape from one's self?
  • می‌گریزم تا رگم جنبان بود  ** کی فرار از خویشتن آسان بود 
  • He who is in flight from another obtains rest when he has been separated from him (the pursuer).
  • آنک از غیری بود او را فرار  ** چون ازو ببرید گیرد او قرار 
  • I, who am the adversary (of myself), ’tis I that am in flight (from myself): rising and departing is my occupation for ever. 670
  • من که خصمم هم منم اندر گریز  ** تا ابد کار من آمد خیزخیز 
  • He whose adversary is his own shadow is not safe either in India or Khutan.
  • نه به هندست آمن و نه در ختن  ** آنک خصم اوست سایه‌ی خویشتن 
  • Description of the selfless ones who have become safe from their own vices and virtues; for they are naughted in the everlastingness of God, like stars which are naughted (vanish) in the Sun during the daytime; and he who is naughted hath no fear of bane and (is free from) danger.
  • در صفت آن بی‌خودان کی از شر خود و هنر خود آمن شده‌اند کی فانی‌اند در بقای حق هم‌چون ستارگان کی فانی‌اند روز در آفتاب و فانی را خوف آفت و خطر نباشد 
  • When, through (spiritual) poverty, faná (self-naughting) graces him (such a one), he becomes shadowless like Mohammed.
  • چون فناش از فقر پیرایه شود  ** او محمدوار بی‌سایه شود 
  • Faná graced (the Prophet who said) ‘Poverty is my pride’: he became shadowless like the flame of a candle.
  • فقر فخری را فنا پیرایه شد  ** چون زبانه‌ی شمع او بی‌سایه شد 
  • (When) the candle has become entirely flame from head to foot, the shadow hath no passage (way of approach) around it.
  • شمع جمله شد زبانه پا و سر  ** سایه را نبود بگرد او گذر 
  • The wax (candle) fled from itself and from the shadow into the radiance for the sake of Him who moulded the candle. 675
  • موم از خویش و ز سایه در گریخت  ** در شعاع از بهر او کی شمع ریخت 
  • He said, ‘I moulded thee for the sake of faná (self-naughting).’ It replied, ‘I accordingly took refuge in faná.’
  • گفت او بهر فنایت ریختم  ** گفت من هم در فنا بگریختم 
  • This is the necessary everlasting radiance, not the radiance of the perishable accidental candle.
  • این شعاع باقی آمد مفترض  ** نه شعاع شمع فانی عرض 
  • When the candle is wholly naughted in the fire (of Divine illumination), you will not see any trace of the candle or rays (of its light).
  • شمع چون در نار شد کلی فنا  ** نه اثر بینی ز شمع و نه ضیا 
  • Manifestly, in dispelling the darkness, the external (material) flame is maintained by a wax candle;
  • هست اندر دفع ظلمت آشکار  ** آتش صورت به مومی پایدار 
  • (But) the candle (which is) the body is contrary to the wax candle, since in proportion as that (the body) dwindles, the light of the spirit is increased. 680
  • برخلاف موم شمع جسم کان  ** تا شود کم گردد افزون نور جان 
  • This is the everlasting radiance, and that (bodily candle) is perishable: the candle of the spirit hath a Divine flame.
  • این شعاع باقی و آن فانیست  ** شمع جان را شعله‌ی ربانیست 
  • Since this tongue of fire was (really) light, ’twas far from it to become a perishable shadow.
  • این زبانه‌ی آتشی چون نور بود  ** سایه‌ی فانی شدن زو دور بود 
  • The cloud's shadow falls on the earth: the shadow never consorts with the moon.
  • ابر را سایه بیفتد در زمین  ** ماه را سایه نباشد همنشین 
  • Selflessness is cloudlessness, O well-disposed one: in (the state of) selflessness thou wilt be like the orb of the moon.
  • بی‌خودی بی‌ابریست ای نیک‌خواه  ** باشی اندر بی‌خودی چون قرص ماه 
  • Again, when a cloud comes, driven along, the light goes: of the moon there remains (only) a phantom. 685
  • باز چون ابری بیاید رانده  ** رفت نور از مه خیالی مانده 
  • Its light is made feeble by the cloud-veil: that noble full-moon becomes less than the new moon.
  • از حجاب ابر نورش شد ضعیف  ** کم ز ماه نو شد آن بدر شریف 
  • The moon is made to appear a phantom by clouds and dust: the cloud, (which is) the body, has caused us to conceive phantasies.
  • مه خیالی می‌نماید ز ابر و گرد  ** ابر تن ما را خیال‌اندیش کرد 
  • Behold the kindness of the (Divine) Moon; for this too is His kindness, that He hath said, ‘The clouds are enemies to Us.’
  • لطف مه بنگر که این هم لطف اوست  ** که بگفت او ابرها ما را عدوست 
  • The Moon is independent of clouds and dust: the Moon hath His orbit aloft in the (spiritual) sky.
  • مه فراغت دارد از ابر و غبار  ** بر فراز چرخ دارد مه مدار 
  • The cloud is our mortal enemy and adversary because it hides the Moon from our eyes. 690
  • ابر ما را شد عدو و خصم جان  ** که کند مه را ز چشم ما نهان 
  • This veil makes the houri (to appear as) a hag: it makes the full-moon less than a new moon.
  • حور را این پرده زالی می‌کند  ** بدر را کم از هلالی می‌کند 
  • The Moon hath seated us in the lap of glory: He hath called our foe His enemy.
  • ماه ما را در کنار عز نشاند  ** دشمن ما را عدوی خویش خواند 
  • The splendour and beauty of the cloud is (derived) from the Moon, (but) whoever calls the cloud the Moon is much astray.
  • تاب ابر و آب او خود زین مهست  ** هر که مه خواند ابر را بس گمرهست 
  • Since the light of the Moon has been poured down upon the cloud, its (the cloud's) dark face has been transfigured by the Moon.
  • نور مه بر ابر چون منزل شدست  ** روی تاریکش ز مه مبدل شدست 
  • Although it is of the same colour as the Moon and is associated with (the Moon's) empire, (yet) in the cloud the light of the Moon is (only) borrowed (impermanent). 695
  • گرچه همرنگ مهست و دولتیست  ** اندر ابر آن نور مه عاریتیست 
  • At the Resurrection the sun and moon are discharged (from their office): the eye is occupied in (contemplating) the Source of (their) radiance,
  • در قیامت شمس و مه معزول شد  ** چشم در اصل ضیا مشغول شد