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در صحابه کم بدی حافظ کسی گرچه شوقی بود جانشان را بسی
Amongst the Companions (of the Prophet) there was scarcely any one that knew the Qur’án by heart, though their souls had a great desire (to commit it to memory),
زانک چون مغزش در آگند و رسید پوستها شد بس رقیق و واکفید
Because, inasmuch as its kernel had filled (them) and had reached maturity, the rinds became very thin and burst.
قشر جوز و فستق و بادام هم مغز چون آگندشان شد پوست کم
Similarly, the shells of the walnut and the pistachio-nut and the almond when the kernel has filled them, the rind decreases.
مغز علم افزود کم شد پوستش زانک عاشق را بسوزد دوستش
(When) the kernel, knowledge, increases, its rind decreases (and vanishes), because the lover is consumed by his beloved.
وصف مطلوبی چو ضد طالبیست وحی و برق نور سوزنده‌ی نبیست
Since the quality of being sought is the opposite of seeking, the Revelation and the flashing of the (Divine) Light consume the prophet with burning.
چون تجلی کرد اوصاف قدیم پس بسوزد وصف حادث را گلیم
When the Attributes of the Eternal have shone forth, then the mantle of temporality is burned.
ربع قرآن هر که را محفوظ بود جل فینا از صحابه می‌شنود
Every one that knew a quarter of the Qur’án by heart was hearing from the Companions (the words), “Great is he amongst us.”
جمع صورت با چنین معنی ژرف نیست ممکن جز ز سلطانی شگرف
To combine the (outward) form with such a deep (inner) meaning is not possible, except on the part of a mighty (spiritual) king.
در چنین مستی مراعات ادب خود نباشد ور بود باشد عجب
In such (mystical) intoxication (as his) the observance of due respect (to the letter of the Qur’án) will not be there at all; or if it be, ’tis a wonder.
اندر استغنا مراعات نیاز جمع ضدینست چون گرد و دراز
To observe humility in (the state of spiritual) independence is to combine two opposites, like “round” and “long.”
خود عصا معشوق عمیان می‌بود کور خود صندوق قرآن می‌بود
Truly the staff is loved by the blind; the (inwardly) blind man himself is a coffer (full) of the Qur’án.
گفت کوران خود صنادیقند پر از حروف مصحف و ذکر و نذر
He (a certain one) said, “In sooth the blind are coffers full of the words of the Qur’án and commemoration (of God) and warning.”
باز صندوقی پر از قرآن به است زانک صندوقی بود خالی بدست
Again, a coffer full of the Qur’án is better (than one that is empty), because, (if) a chest be empty, ’tis bad.
باز صندوقی که خالی شد ز بار به ز صندوقی که پر موشست و مار
Yet again, the coffer that is empty of (any) load is better than the coffer that is full of mice and snakes.
حاصل اندر وصل چون افتاد مرد گشت دلاله به پیش مرد سرد
The sum (of the matter is this): when a man has attained to union, the go between becomes worthless to him.
چون به مطلوبت رسیدی ای ملیح شد طلب کاری علم اکنون قبیح
Since you have reached the object of your search, O elegant one, the search for knowledge has now become evil.
چون شدی بر بامهای آسمان سرد باشد جست وجوی نردبان
Since you have mounted to the roofs of Heaven, it would be futile to seek a ladder.
جز برای یاری و تعلیم غیر سرد باشد راه خیر از بعد خیر
After (having attained to) felicity, the way (that leads) to felicity is worthless except for the sake of helping and teaching others.
آینه‌ی روشن که شد صاف و ملی جهل باشد بر نهادن صیقلی
The shining mirror, which has become clear and perfect ’twould be folly to apply a burnisher (to it).
پیش سلطان خوش نشسته در قبول زشت باشد جستن نامه و رسول
Seated happily beside the Sultan (and) in favour (with him)’twould be disgraceful to seek letter and messenger.




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