How the guest said to Joseph

How the guest said to Joseph

How the guest said to Joseph, “I have brought thee the gift of a mirror, so that whenever thou lookest in it thou wilt see thine own fair face and remember me” گفتن مهمان یوسف علیه السلام را که آینه آوردمت ارمغان تا هر باری که در وی نگری روی خوب خود بینی مرا یاد کنی‌‌

گفت یوسف هین بیاور ارمغان
او ز شرم این تقاضا زد فغان‌‌
Joseph said, “Come, produce the gift.” He (the guest), on account of shame (confusion) at this demand, sobbed aloud.
گفت من چند ارمغان جستم ترا
ارمغانی در نظر نامد مرا
“How many a gift,” said he, “did I seek for thee! No (worthy) gift came into my sight.
حبه‌‌ای را جانب کان چون برم
قطره‌‌ای را سوی عمان چون برم‌‌
How should I bring a grain (of gold) to the mine? How should I bring a drop (of water) to the (Sea of) ‘Umán?
زیره را من سوی کرمان آورم
گر به پیش تو دل و جان آورم‌‌
I shall (only) bring cumin to Kirmán, if I bring my heart and soul (as a gift) to thee.
نیست تخمی کاندر این انبار نیست
غیر حسن تو که آن را یار نیست‌‌
There is no seed that is not in this barn, except thy beauty which hath no equal.
لایق آن دیدم که من آیینه‌‌ای
پیش تو آرم چو نور سینه‌‌ای‌‌
I deemed it fitting that I should bring to thee a mirror like the (inward) light of a (pure) breast,
تا ببینی روی خوب خود در آن
ای تو چون خورشید شمع آسمان‌‌
That thou mayst behold thy beauteous face therein, O thou who, like the sun, art the candle of heaven.
آینه آوردمت ای روشنی
تا چو بینی روی خود یادم کنی‌‌
I have brought thee a mirror, O light (of mine eyes), so that when thou seest thy face thou mayst think of me.”
آینه بیرون کشید او از بغل
خوب را آیینه باشد مشتغل‌‌
He drew forth the mirror from beneath his arm: the fair one’s business is with a mirror.
آینه‌‌ی هستی چه باشد نیستی
نیستی بر گر تو ابله نیستی‌‌
What is the mirror of Being? Not-being. Bring not-being (as your gift), if you are not a fool.
هستی اندر نیستی بتوان نمود
مال داران بر فقیر آرند جود
Being can be seen (only) in not-being: the rich bestow (exhibit) generosity on the poor.
آینه‌‌ی صافی نان خود گرسنه ست
سوخته هم آینه‌‌ی آتش زنه ست‌‌
The clear mirror of bread is truly the hungry man; tinder, likewise, is the mirror of that (the stick or flint) from which fire is struck.
نیستی و نقص هر جایی که خاست
آینه‌‌ی خوبی جمله‌‌ی پیشه‌‌هاست‌‌
Not-being and defect, wherever they arise (appear), are the mirror which displays the excellence of all crafts.
چون که جامه چست و دوزیده بود
مظهر فرهنگ درزی چون شود
When a garment is neat and well-stitched, how should it enable the tailor to exhibit his skill?
ناتراشیده همی‌‌باید جذوع
تا دروگر اصل سازد یا فروع‌‌
Trunks of trees must be unhewn in order that the woodcutter may fashion the stem or the branches (and thus exercise his craft).
خواجه‌‌ی اشکسته بند آن جا رود
که در آن جا پای اشکسته بود
The doctor who sets broken bones goes to the place where the person with the fractured leg is.
کی شود چون نیست رنجور نزار
آن جمال صنعت طب آشکار
How shall the excellence of the art of medicine be made manifest when there is no emaciated invalid?
خواری و دونی مسها بر ملا
گر نباشد کی نماید کیمیا
How shall the (power of the) Elixir be shown if the vileness and baseness of coppers is not notorious?
نقصها آیینه‌‌ی وصف کمال
و آن حقارت آینه‌‌ی عز و جلال‌‌
Defects are the mirror of the quality of perfection, and that vileness is the mirror of power and glory,
ز آن که ضد را ضد کند پیدا یقین
ز آن که با سرکه پدید است انگبین‌‌
Because (every) contrary is certainly made evident by its contrary; because honey is perceived (to be sweet by contrast) with vinegar.
هر که نقص خویش را دید و شناخت
اندر استکمال خود ده اسبه تاخت‌‌
Whoever has seen and recognised his own deficiency has galloped with ten horses (made rapid progress) in perfecting himself.
ز آن نمی‌‌پرد به سوی ذو الجلال
کاو گمانی می‌‌برد خود را کمال‌‌
The reason why he (any one) is not flying towards the Lord of glory is that he supposes himself to be perfect.
علتی بدتر ز پندار کمال
نیست اندر جان تو ای ذو دلال‌‌
There is no worse malady in your soul, O haughty one, than the conceit of perfection.
از دل و از دیده‌‌ات بس خون رود
تا ز تو این معجبی بیرون رود
Much blood must flow from your heart and eye, that self-complacency may go out of you.
علت ابلیس انا خیری بده ست
وین مرض در نفس هر مخلوق هست‌‌
The fault of Iblís lay in thinking “I am better (than Adam),” and this disease is in the soul of every (human) creature.
گر چه خود را بس شکسته بیند او
آب صافی دان و سرگین زیر جو
Though he regard himself as very broken (in spirit), know that it is (a case of) clear water (on the surface) and dung under the stream.
چون بشوراند ترا در امتحان
آب سرگین رنگ گردد در زمان‌‌
When he (the Devil) stirs you in trial, immediately the water becomes dung-coloured.
در تگ جو هست سرگین ای فتی
گر چه جو صافی نماید مر ترا
There is dung in the bed of the stream, my man, though to you the stream appears pure.
هست پیر راه دان پر فطن
باغهای نفس کل را جوی کن‌‌
’Tis the Pír full of wisdom, well-acquainted with the Way, that digs a channel for the gardens of the Universal Soul.
جوی خود را کی تواند پاک کرد
نافع از علم خدا شد علم مرد
Who is able to cleanse the channel of his (sensual) self? Man’s knowledge is made beneficial (only) by God’s knowledge.
کی تراشد تیغ دسته‌‌ی خویش را
رو به جراحی سپار این ریش را
How shall the sword fashion its own hilt? Go, entrust (the cure of) this wound to a surgeon.
بر سر هر ریش جمع آمد مگس
تا نبیند قبح ریش خویش کس‌‌
Flies gather on every wound, so that no one sees the foulness of his wound.
آن مگس اندیشه‌‌ها و آن مال تو
ریش تو آن ظلمت احوال تو
Those flies are your (evil) thoughts and your (love of) possessions: your wound is the darkness of your (spiritual) states;
ور نهد مرهم بر آن ریش تو پیر
آن زمان ساکن شود درد و نفیر
And if the Pír lays a plaster on your wound, at once the pain and lamentation are stilled,
تا که پندارد که صحت یافته ست
پرتو مرهم بر آن جا تافته ست‌‌
So that he (the patient) fancies it (the wound) is healed, (whereas in reality) the (healing) ray of the plaster has shone upon the (wounded) spot.
هین ز مرهم سر مکش ای پشت ریش
و آن ز پرتو دان مدان از اصل خویش‌‌
Beware! Do not (scornfully) turn your head away from the plaster, O you who are wounded in the back, but recognise that that (healing of the wound) proceeds from the ray: do not regard it as (proceeding) from your own constitution.


 

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