How Bilqís was freed from her kingdom

How Bilqís was freed from her kingdom and was intoxicated with longing for the Faith, and how at the moment of her (spiritual) emigration the regard of her desire became severed from the whole of her kingdom except from her throne. آزاد شدن بلقیس از ملک و مست شدن او از شوق ایمان و التفات همت او از همه‌ی ملک منقطع شدن وقت هجرت الا از تخت

چون سلیمان سوی مرغان سبا
یک صفیری کرد بست آن جمله را
When Solomon uttered a single whistling note to the birds of Sabá he ensnared them all,
جز مگر مرغی که بد بی‌جان و پر
یا چو ماهی گنگ بود از اصل کر
Except, maybe, the bird that was without spirit or wings, or was dumb and deaf, like a fish, from the beginning.
نی غلط گفتم که کر گر سر نهد
پیش وحی کبریا سمعش دهد
Nay, I have spoken wrongly, for if the deaf one lay his head before the inspiration of the Divine Majesty, it will give to him (the power of) hearing.
چونک بلقیس از دل و جان عزم کرد
بر زمان رفته هم افسوس خورد
When Bilqís set out (from Sabá) with heart and soul, she felt remorse too for the bygone time,
ترک مال و ملک کرد او آن چنان
که بترک نام و ننگ آن عاشقان
She took leave of her kingdom and riches in the same way as those lovers (of God) take leave of honour and disgrace (reputation).
آن غلامان و کنیزان بناز
پیش چشمش هم‌چو پوسیده پیاز
Those charming pages and handmaidens (of hers seemed) to her eye (loathly) as a rotten onion.
باغها و قصرها و آب رود
پیش چشم از عشق گلحن می‌نمود
For love’s sake, orchards and palaces and river-water seemed to her eye (contemptible as) a dunghill.
عشق در هنگام استیلا و خشم
زشت گرداند لطیفان را به چشم
Love, in the hour of domination and anger, makes the pleasing ones to become hideous to the eye.
هر زمرد را نماید گندنا
غیرت عشق این بود معنی لا
Love’s jealousy causes every emerald to appear as a leek: this is the (inner) meaning of Lá.
لااله الا هو اینست ای پناه
که نماید مه ترا دیگ سیاه
O (thou who givest) protection , (the meaning of) “There is no god but He” is that the moon should seem to thee a black kettle.
هیچ مال و هیچ مخزن هیچ رخت
می دریغش نامد الا جز که تخت
No wealth, no treasury, and no goods or gear were being grudged by her (Bilqis) except her throne.
پس سلیمان از دلش آگاه شد
کز دل او تا دل او راه شد
Then Solomon became aware of (this feeling in) her heart, for the way was open from his heart to hers. 
آن کسی که بانگ موران بشنود
هم فغان سر دوران بشنود
He that hears the voice of ants will also hear the cry from the inmost soul of them that are afar.
آنک گوید راز قالت نملة
هم بداند راز این طاق کهن
He that declares the mystery of “an ant said” will also know the mystery of this ancient dome.
دید از دورش که آن تسلیم کیش
تلخش آمد فرقت آن تخت خویش
From afar he (Solomon) discerned that to her (Bilqís) who was following the path of resignation ‘twas bitter to part with her throne.
گر بگویم آن سبب گردد دراز
که چرا بودش به تخت آن عشق و ساز
If I explain the reason why she had that love and complaisance to her throne, it (the discourse) will become (too) long.
گرچه این کلک قلم خود بی‌حسیست
نیست جنس کاتب او را مونسیست
Although this reed-pen is in fact an insensible thing and is not homogeneous with the writer, (yet) it is a familiar friend to him.
هم‌چنین هر آلت پیشه‌وری
هست بی‌جان مونس جانوری
Likewise, every tool of a craftsman is, (though) lifeless, the familiar friend of the spirit of Man.
این سبب را من معین گفتمی
گر نبودی چشم فهمت را نمی
This reason I would have explained precisely, if there were not some moisture (dimness) in the eye of your understanding.
از بزرگی تخت کز حد می‌فزود
نقل کردن تخت را امکان نبود
There was no possibility of transporting the throne (from Sabá) because of its hugeness which exceeded (all) bounds.
خرده کاری بود و تفریقش خطر
هم‌چو اوصال بدن با همدگر
It was filigree work, and there was danger in taking it to pieces, (since its parts were joined) like the limbs of the body with one another.
پس سلیمان گفت گر چه فی‌الاخیر
سرد خواهد شد برو تاج و سریر
Therefore Solomon said, “Although in the end the diadem and throne will become chilling (repulsive) to her”
چون ز وحدت جان برون آرد سری
جسم را با فر او نبود فری
(For) when the spirit puts forth its head (manifests itself) from the Unity (to which it has attained), in comparison with its splendour the body hath no splendour (at all);
چون برآید گوهر از قعر بحار
بنگری اندر کف و خاشاک خوار
سر بر آرد آفتاب با شرر
دم عقرب را کی سازد مستقر
(When) the flaming sun lifts up its head, who will make Scorpio’s tail his resting place’?
لیک خود با این همه بر نقد حال
جست باید تخت او را انتقال
“Yet, notwithstanding all this, in the actual case (the means of) transporting her throne (hither) must be sought,
تا نگردد خسته هنگام لقا
کودکانه حاجتش گردد روا
In order that she may not feel hurt at the time of meeting (with me), and that her wish may be fulfilled, like (the wishes of) children.
هست بر ما سهل و او را بس عزیز
تا بود بر خوان حوران دیو نیز
It (the throne) is lightly esteemed by me, but it is exceedingly dear to her: (let it be brought hither), that the devil too may be (present) at the table (banquet) of the houris.
عبرت جانش شود آن تخت ناز
هم‌چو دلق و چارقی پیش ایاز
That throne of delight will become a lesson to her soul, like the (coarse) frock and (rustic) shoon in the presence of Ayáz
تا بداند در چه بود آن مبتلا
از کجاها در رسید او تا کجا
So that the afflicted one (Bilqís) may know in what (plight) she was (formerly) and from what (low) places to what a (high) place she has arrived.”
خاک را و نطفه را و مضغه را
پیش چشم ما همی‌دارد خدا
God is ever keeping the clay and semen and piece of flesh (embryo) before our eyes,
کز کجا آوردمت ای بدنیت
که از آن آید همی خفریقیت
(As though) to say, “O man of evil intention, whence did I bring thee, that thou hast (such) a disgust at it?
تو بر آن عاشق بدی در دور آن
منکر این فضل بودی آن زمان
Thou wert in love with that (state) in the period thereof: at that time thou wert denying this (present) grace (which I have bestowed on thee).”
این کرم چون دفع آن انکار تست
که میان خاک می‌کردی نخست
Inasmuch as this (present) bounty is the (means of) rebutting the denial which thou didst make in the beginning (when thou wert) amidst the clay,
حجت انکار شد انشار تو
از دوا بدتر شد این بیمار تو
Thy having been brought to life is the argument against denial (of the Resurrection); (but thou art still denying it): this sick (soul) of thine is made worse by the medicine.
خاک را تصویر این کار از کجا
نطفه را خصمی و انکار از کجا
Whence should clay have the (power of) imagining this thing? Whence should semen conceive opposition and denial?
چون در آن دم بی‌دل و بی‌سر بدی
فکرت و انکار را منکر بدی
(Nevertheless) since at that moment thou wert devoid of heart and spirit, thou wert (implicitly) denying (the faculty of) reflection and (the possibility of) denial.
از جمادی چونک انکارت برست
هم ازین انکار حشرت شد درست
Since thy (former) denial arose from the state of lifelessness (irrationality), so by this (present) denial (the certainty of) thy resurrection is established.
پس مثال تو چو آن حلقه‌زنیست
کز درونش خواجه گوید خواجه نیست
Hence the (appropriate) parable of thee is (a case) like (that of) the person who knocks at the door (of a house), and the master replies to him from within, saying, “The master is not (here).”
حلقه‌زن زین نیست دریابد که هست
پس ز حلقه بر ندارد هیچ دست
From this “is not” the person knocking perceives that he is (there), and consequently does not take his hand off the door- ring at all.
پس هم انکارت مبین می‌کند
کز جماد او حشر صد فن می‌کند
Therefore the very fact of thy denial is making it clear that He (God) brings about manifold resurrections from lifeless matter.
چند صنعت رفت ای انکار تا
آب و گل انکار زاد از هل اتی
How much (Divine) artifice passed (was expended) O thou denial (incarnate), till the water and day (of thy original nature) produced denial from (the state signified by the words) Hal aid!’
آب وگل می‌گفت خود انکار نیست
بانگ می‌زد بی‌خبر که اخبار نیست
The water and clay was really saying, “There is no denial” (was really making an affirmation): it was crying, ‘There is no affirmation” (was uttering a denial), unaware (of the fact that its denial was an implicit affirmation).
من بگویم شرح این از صد طریق
لیک خاطر لغزد از گفت دقیق
I would expound this (topic) in a hundred ways, but the (reader’s) mind would stumble at the subtle discourse.




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