Explaining that the gnostic seeks replenishment

Explaining that the gnostic seeks replenishment

Explaining that the gnostic seeks replenishment from the Fountainhead of everlasting life and that he is relieved of any need to seek replenishment and draw (supplies) from the fountains of inconstant water; and the sign thereof is his holding aloof from the abode of delusion; for when a man relies on the replenishments drawn from those fountains, he slackens in his search for the Fountain everlasting and permanent. “A work done from within thy soul is necessary, for no door will be opened to thee by things given on loan. A water-spring inside the house is better than an aqueduct that comes from outside.” بیان استمداد عارف از سرچشمه‌ی حیات ابدی و مستغنی شدن او از استمداد و اجتذاب از چشمه‌های آبهای بی‌وفا کی علامة ذالک التجافی عن دار الغرور کی آدمی چون بر مددهای آن چشمه‌ها اعتماد کند در طلب چشمه‌ی باقی دایم سست شود کاری ز درون جان تو می‌باید کز عاریه‌ها ترا دری نگشاید یک چشمه‌ی آب از درون خانه به زان جویی که آن ز بیرون آید

حبذا کاریز اصل چیزها فارغت آرد ازین کاریزها
How goodly is the Conduit which is the source of (all) things! It makes you independent of these (other) conduits.
تو ز صد ینبوع شربت می‌کشی هرچه زان صد کم شود کاهد خوشی
You are quaffing drink from a hundred fountains: whenever any of those hundred yields less, your pleasure is diminished;
چون بجوشید از درون چشمه‌ی سنی ز استراق چشمه‌ها گردی غنی
(But) when the sublime Fountain gushes from within (you), no longer need you steal from the (other) fountains.
قرةالعینت چو ز آب و گل بود راتبه‌ی این قره درد دل بود
Since your eye is rejoiced by water and earth, heart’s sorrow is the payment for this joy.
قلعه را چون آب آید از برون در زمان امن باشد بر فزون
When (the supply of) water comes to a fortress from outside, it is more than enough in times of peace;
چونک دشمن گرد آن حلقه کند تا که اندر خونشان غرقه کند
(But) when the enemy forms a ring round that (fortress), in order that he may drown them (the garrison) in blood,
آب بیرون را ببرند آن سپاه تا نباشد قلعه را زانها پناه
The (hostile) troops cut off the outside water, that (the defenders of) the fortress may have no refuge from them.
آن زمان یک چاه شوری از درون به ز صد جیحون شیرین از برون
At that time a briny well inside (the walls) is better than a hundred sweet rivers outside.
قاطع الاسباب و لشکرهای مرگ هم‌چو دی آید به قطع شاخ و برگ
The Cutter of cords (Death) and the armies of Death come, like December, to cut the boughs and leaves (of the body),
در جهان نبود مددشان از بهار جز مگر در جان بهار روی یار
(And then) there is no succour for them in the world from Spring, except perchance the Spring of the Beloved’s face in the soul.
زان لقب شد خاک را دار الغرور کو کشد پا را سپس یوم العبور
The Earth is entitled “the Abode of delusion” because she draws back her foot (and deserts you) on the day of passage.
پیش از آن بر راست و بر چپ می‌دوید که بچینم درد تو چیزی نچید
Before that (time) she was running right and left, saying, “I will take away thy sorrow”; but she never took anything away.
او بگفتی مر ترا وقت غمان دور از تو رنج و ده که در میان
In the hour of anxieties she would say to you, “May pain be far from thee, and (may) ten mountains (stand) between (pain and thee)!”
چون سپاه رنج آمد بست دم خود نمی‌گوید ترا من دیده‌ام
When the army of Pain arrives, she holds her breath: she will not even say, “I have seen (and been acquainted with) thee.”
حق پی شیطان بدین سان زد مثل که ترا در رزم آرد با حیل
God made a parable concerning the Devil on this wise: “He leads you into battle by his cunning tricks, 
که ترا یاری دهم من با توم در خطرها پیش تو من می‌دوم
Saying, ‘I will give thee help, I am beside thee, I will run before thee in the perils (of war);
اسپرت باشم گه تیر خدنگ مخلص تو باشم اندر وقت تنگ
I will be thy shield amidst the arrows of khadang wood, I will be thy refuge in the hour of distress;
جان فدای تو کنم در انتعاش رستمی شیری هلا مردانه باش
I will sacrifice my life for thee in raising thee to thy feet. Thou art a Rustam, a lion: come on, be manful!’”
سوی کفرش آورد زین عشوه‌ها آن جوال خدعه و مکر و دها
By means of these wiles that bag of deceit and cunning and craft leads him (whom he makes his dupe) to infidelity.
چون قدم بنهاد در خندق فتاد او به قاهاقاه خنده لب گشاد
As soon as he sets foot (therein) and falls into the moat (of fire), he (the Devil) opens his lips with a loud ha, ha.
هی بیا من طمعها دارم ز تو گویدش رو رو که بیزارم ز تو
(The dupe cries), “Hey, come! I have hopes of thee.” He (the Devil) says, “Begone, begone, for I am quit of thee.
تو نترسیدی ز عدل کردگار من همی‌ترسم دو دست از من بدار
Thou didst not fear the justice of the Creator, (but) I fear (it): keep thy hands off me!”
گفت حق خود او جدا شد از بهی تو بدین تزویرها هم کی رهی
(Then) God says (to the Devil), “He (thy dupe), indeed, is parted from felicity, and how shouldst thou be saved by these hypocrisies?”
فاعل و مفعول در روز شمار روسیاهند و حریف سنگسار
On the Day of Reckoning et faciens et pathicus infames sunt lapidationisque consortes. [On the Day of Reckoning (both) the active and passive (homosexuals) will be shamed-faced and partners in (being punished by) stoning.]
ره‌زده و ره‌زن یقین در حکم و داد در چه بعدند و در بس المهاد
Assuredly, by the decree and just dispensation (of God), (both) the waylaid and the waylayer are in the pit of farness (from God) and in an evil resting-place.
گول را و غول را کو را فریفت از خلاص و فوز می‌باید شکیفت
(Both) the fool and the ghoul who deceived him must ever endure to be deprived of salvation and felicity.
هم خر و خرگیر اینجا در گلند غافلند این‌جا و آن‌جا آفلند
Both the ass and he that caught the ass are (stuck) in the mud here: here (in this world) they are forgetful of (God) and there (in the next world) they are sunk (in woe).
جز کسانی را که وا گردند از آن در بهار فضل آیند از خزان
(All) except those who turn back from that (deception) and come (forth) from the autumn (of sensuality) into the springtide of (Divine) grace,
توبه آرند و خدا توبه‌پذیر امر او گیرند و او نعم الامیر
And who repent, for God is ready to accept repentance, and cleave to His command, for a goodly Commander is He!
چون بر آرند از پشیمانی حنین عرش لرزد از انین المذنبین
When, (moved) by sorrow, they raise a piteous cry, the highest Heaven trembles at the moaning of the sinners.
آن‌چنان لرزد که مادر بر ولد دستشان گیرد به بالا می‌کشد
It trembles even as a mother for her child: it takes them by the hand and draws them upward,
کای خداتان وا خریده از غرور نک ریاض فضل و نک رب غفور
Saying, “O ye whom God hath redeemed from delusion, behold the gardens of (Divine) grace and behold the forgiving Lord!
بعد ازینتان برگ و رزق جاودان از هوای حق بود نه از ناودان
Henceforth ye have everlasting provision and sustenance from God’s air, not from the gutter (on the roof).”
چونک دریا بر وسایط رشک کرد تشنه چون ماهی به ترک مشک کرد
Inasmuch as the Sea is jealous of intermediaries, he that is thirsty as a fish takes leave of the water-skin.


 

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