Concerning the impropriety

Concerning the impropriety

Concerning the impropriety of the disciple’s (muríd) presuming to do the same things as are done by the saint (walí), inasmuch as sweetmeat does no harm to the physician, but is harmful to the sick, and frost and snow do no harm to the ripe grape, but are injurious to the young fruit; for he (the disciple) is (still) on the way, for he has not (yet) become (the saint to whom are applicable the words in the Qur’án): “That God may forgive thee thy former and latter sins” در معنی آن که آن چه ولی کند مرید را نشاید گستاخی کردن و همان فعل کردن که حلوا طبیب را زیان ندارد اما بیمار را زیان دارد و سرما و برف انگور را زیان ندارد اما غوره را زیان دارد که در راهست که ليغفر لک الله ما تقدم من ذنبک و ما تأخر

گر ولی زهری خورد نوشی شود
ور خورد طالب سیه هوشی شود
If the saint drinks a poison it becomes an antidote, but if the seeker (disciple) drinks it, his mind is darkened.
رب هب لی از سلیمان آمده ست
که مده غیر مرا این ملک و دست‌‌
From Solomon have come the words, “O Lord, give me (a kingdom that it behoves not any one after me to obtain),” that is, “do not give this kingdom and power to any but me.
تو مکن با غیر من این لطف و جود
این حسد را ماند اما آن نبود
Do not bestow this grace and bounty on any but me.” This looks like envy, but it was not that (in reality).
نکته‌‌ی لا ينبغی می‌‌خوان به جان
سر من بعدی ز بخل او مدان‌‌
Read with your soul the mystery of “it behoves not,” do not deem the inward meaning of “after me” (to be derived) from his (Solomon’s) avarice.
بلکه اندر ملک دید او صد خطر
مو به مو ملک جهان بد بیم سر
Nay, but in sovereignty he saw a hundred dangers: the kingdom of this world was (has ever been), hair by hair (in every respect), fear for one’s head.
بیم سر با بیم سر با بیم دین
امتحانی نیست ما را مثل این‌‌
Fear for head with fear for heart with fear for religion— there is no trial for us like this.
پس سلیمان همتی باید که او
بگذرد زین صد هزاران رنگ و بو
Therefore one must needs possess the high aspiration of a Solomon in order to escape from these myriads of colours and perfumes (enticing vanities).
با چنان قوت که او را بود هم
موج آن ملکش فرومی‌‌بست دم‌‌
Even with such (great) strength (of spirit) as he had, the waves of that (worldly) kingdom were stifling his breath (choking him).
چون بر او بنشست زین اندوه گرد
بر همه شاهان عالم رحم کرد
Since dust settled on him from this sorrow, he had compassion for all the kings of the world.
شد شفیع و گفت این ملک و لوا
با کمالی ده که دادی مر مرا
He interceded (with God on their behalf) and said, “Give this kingdom and banner (to them) with (accompanied by) the (spiritual) perfection which Thou hast given to me.
هر که را بدهی و بکنی آن کرم
او سلیمان است و آن کس هم منم‌‌
To whomsoever Thou wilt give (it), and (on whomsoever) Thou wilt confer that bounty, he (that person) is Solomon, and I also am he.
او نباشد بعدی او باشد معی
خود معی چه بود منم بی‌‌مدعی‌‌
He is not ‘after me,’ he is with me. What of ‘with me,’ indeed? I am without rival.”
شرح این فرض است گفتن لیک من
باز می‌‌گردم به قصه‌‌ی مرد و زن‌‌
’Tis my duty to explain this, but (now) I will return to the story of the man and wife.


 

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