How the deaf man went to visit

How the deaf man went to visit

How the deaf man went to visit his sick neighbour به عیادت رفتن کر بر همسایه‌‌ی رنجور خویش‌‌

آن کری را گفت افزون مایه‌‌ای
که ترا رنجور شد همسایه‌‌ای‌‌
One possessed of much wealth said to a deaf man, “A neighbour of thine is fallen ill.”
گفت با خود کر که با گوش گران
من چه دریابم ز گفت آن جوان‌‌
The deaf man said to himself, “Being hard of hearing, what shall I understand of the words spoken by that youth?
خاصه رنجور و ضعیف آواز شد
لیک باید رفت آن جا نیست بد
Especially (as) he is ill and his voice is weak; but I must go thither, there’s no escape.
چون ببینم کان لبش جنبان شود
من قیاسی گیرم آن را هم ز خود
When I see his lips moving, I will form a conjecture as to that (movement) from myself.
چون بگویم چونی ای محنت کشم
او بخواهد گفت نیکم یا خوشم‌‌
When I say, ‘How are you, O my suffering (friend)?’ he will reply, ‘I am fine’ or ‘I am pretty well.’
من بگویم شکر چه خوردی ابا
او بگوید شربتی یا ماشبا
I will say, ‘Thanks (to God)! What posset have you had to drink?’ He will reply, ‘Some sherbet’ or ‘a decoction of kidney-beans.’
من بگویم صحه نوشت کیست آن
از طبیبان پیش تو گوید فلان‌‌
(Then) I will say, ‘May you enjoy health! Who is the doctor attending you?’ He will answer, ‘So-and-so.’
من بگویم بس مبارک پاست او
چون که او آمد شود کارت نکو
‘He is one who brings great luck with him,’ I will remark; ‘since he has come, things will go well for you.
پای او را آزمودستیم ما
هر کجا شد می‌‌شود حاجت روا
I have experienced (the luck of) his foot: wherever he goes, the desired object is attained.’”
این جوابات قیاسی راست کرد
پیش آن رنجور شد آن نیک مرد
The good man made ready these conjectural answers, and went to see the invalid.
گفت چونی گفت مردم گفت شکر
شد از این رنجور پر آزار و نکر
“How are you?” he asked. “I am at the point of death,” said he. “Thanks (to God)!” cried the deaf man. At this, the patient became resentful and indignant,
کین چه شکر است او مگر با ما بد است
کر قیاسی کرد و آن کژ آمده ست‌‌
Saying (to himself), “What (cause for) thanksgiving is this? Surely he has always been ill-disposed towards me.”—The deaf man made a conjecture, and (as now appears) it has turned out to be wrong.
بعد از آن گفتش چه خوردی گفت زهر
گفت نوشت باد افزون گشت قهر
After that, he asked him what he had drunk. “Poison,” said he. “May it do you good!” said the deaf man. His (the invalid’s) wrath increased.
بعد از آن گفت از طبیبان کیست او
کاو همی‌‌آید به چاره پیش تو
Then he inquired, “Which of the doctors is it that is coming to attend you?”
گفت عزراییل می‌‌آید برو
گفت پایش بس مبارک شاد شو
He replied, “Azrael (the Angel of Death) is coming. Get you gone!” “His foot (arrival),” said the deaf man, “is very blessed: be glad!”
کر برون آمد بگفت او شادمان
شکر کش کردم مراعات این زمان‌‌
The deaf man went forth. He said gaily, “Thanks (to God) that I paid my respects to him just now.”
گفت رنجور این عدوی جان ماست
ما ندانستیم کاو کان جفاست‌‌
The invalid said, “This is my mortal foe: I did not know he was (such) a mine of iniquity.”
خاطر رنجور جویان صد سقط
تا که پیغامش کند از هر نمط
The mind of the invalid began seeking abusive terms, that he might send him a message (filled with abuse) of every description,
چون کسی کاو خورده باشد آش بد
می‌‌بشوراند دلش تا قی کند
As, when any one has eaten bad (indigestible) food, it is turning his heart (stomach) until he vomits.
کظم غیظ این است آن را قی مکن
تا بیابی در جزا شیرین سخن‌‌
Suppression of anger is (like) this: do not vomit it, so that you may gain sweet words in recompense.
چون نبودش صبر می‌‌پیچید او
کاین سگ زن روسپی حیز کو
Since he had no patience, he was tormented. “Where,” he cried, “is this cur, this infamous cuckold,
تا بریزم بر وی آن چه گفته بود
کان زمان شیر ضمیرم خفته بود
That I may pour upon him what he said (make a retort in his own style)? for at that time the lion of my thought was asleep (I was too weak to contend with him).
چون عیادت بهر دل آرامی است
این عیادت نیست دشمن کامی است‌‌
Inasmuch as visiting the sick is for the purpose of (giving them) tranquillity, this is not a visit to the sick: it is the satisfaction of an enemy’s wish.
تا ببیند دشمن خود را نزار
تا بگیرد خاطر زشتش قرار
(His motive was) that he should see his enemy enfeebled and that his wicked heart should be at peace.”
بس کسان کایشان ز طاعت گمره‌‌اند
دل به رضوان و ثواب آن دهند
Many are they that have gone astray from (true) piety, (because) they set their hearts on being approved and rewarded for the same.
خود حقیقت معصیت باشد خفی
بس کدر کان را تو پنداری صفی‌‌
’Tis in truth a lurking sin: for there is many a foul thing that you think pure,
همچو آن کر که همی‌‌پنداشته ست
کو نکویی کرد و آن بر عکس جست‌‌
As (in the case of) the deaf man, who fancied that he did a kindness, but it had the opposite result.
او نشسته خوش که خدمت کرده‌‌ام
حق همسایه به جا آورده‌‌ام‌‌
He sits down well-pleased, saying, “I have paid my respects, I have performed what was due to my neighbour”;
بهر خود او آتشی افروخته ست
در دل رنجور و خود را سوخته ست‌‌
(But) he has (only) kindled a fire (of resentment) against himself in the invalid’s heart and burned himself.
فاتقوا النار التی أوقدتم
إنکم فی المعصیة ازددتم‌‌
Beware, then, of the fire that ye have kindled: verily ye have increased in sin.
گفت پیغمبر به یک صاحب ریا
صل إنک لم تصل یا فتی‌‌
The Prophet said to a hypocrite, “Pray, for indeed thou hast not prayed (aright), my man.”
از برای چاره‌‌ی این خوفها
آمد اندر هر نمازی اهدنا
As a means of preventing these dangers, “Guide us” comes in every (ritual) prayer,
کاین نمازم را میامیز ای خدا
با نماز ضالین و اهل ریا
That is to say, “O God, do not mingle my prayer with the prayer of the erring and the hypocrites.”
از قیاسی که بکرد آن کر گزین
صحبت ده ساله باطل شد بدین‌‌
By the analogical reasoning which the deaf man adopted a ten years’ friendship was made vain.
خاصه ای خواجه قیاس حس دون
اندر آن وحیی که هست از حد فزون‌‌
Especially, O master, (you must avoid) the analogy drawn by the low senses in regard to the Revelation which is illimitable.
گوش حس تو به حرف ار در خور است
دان که گوش غیب گیر تو کر است‌‌
If your sensuous ear is fit for (understanding) the letter (of the Revelation), know that your ear that receives the occult (meaning) is deaf.


 

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