How the mule related

How the mule related (his story) to the camel, saying, “I am often falling on my face, while thou fallest but seldom.” حکایت استر پیش شتر کی من بسیار در رو می‌افتم و تو نمی‌افتی الا به نادر

گفت استر با شتر کای خوش رفیق در فراز و شیب و در راه دقیق
Said the mule to the camel, “O good friend, in hill and dale and in the obscure (difficult) track.
تو نه آیی در سر و خوش می‌روی من همی‌آیم بسر در چون غوی
Thou dost not tumble on thy head but goest happily along, while I am tumbling on my head, like one who has lost his way.
من همی‌افتم برو در هر دمی خواه در خشکی و خواه اندر نمی
At every moment I am falling on my face, whether (it be) in a dry place or a wet.
این سبب را باز گو با من که چیست تا بدانم من که چون باید بزیست
Declare to me what is the cause of this, that I may know how I must live.”
گفت چشم من ز تو روشن‌ترست بعد از آن هم از بلندی ناظرست
He (the camel) said, “My eye is clearer than thine; furthermore, it is also looking from on high:
چون برآیم بر سرکوه بلند آخر عقبه ببینم هوشمند
When I come up to the top of a high hill, I regard attentively the end of the pass;
پس همه پستی و بالایی راه دیده‌ام را وا نماید هم اله
Then too God reveals to my eye all the lowness and loftiness of the way,
هر قدم من از سر بینش نهم از عثار و اوفتادن وا رهم
(So that) I take every step with (clear) sight and am delivered from stumbling and falling,
تو ببینی پیش خود یک دو سه گام دانه بینی و نبینی رنج دام
(Whereas) thou dost not see two or three steps in front of thee: thou seest the bait, but thou dost not see the pain of the snare.
یستوی الاعمی لدیکم والبصیر فی المقام و النزول والمسیر
Are the blind and the seeing equal before you (according to your opinion) in their abiding and their alighting and their journeying?”
چون جنین را در شکم حق جان دهد جذب اجزا در مزاج او نهد
When God gives a spirit to the embryo in the womb, He implants in its (the spirit’s) temperament (the desire of) drawing particles together.
از خورش او جذب اجزا می‌کند تار و پود جسم خود را می‌تند
By means of food it draws the particles together and weaves the warp and woof of its body:
تا چهل سالش بجذب جزوها حق حریصش کرده باشد در نما
Till (the age of) forty years, God will have made it desirous of drawing particles together in (the process of) growth.
جذب اجزا روح را تعلیم کرد چون نداند جذب اجزا شاه فرد
The incomparable King taught the spirit to draw particles together: how should He (himself) not know how to draw particles together?
جامع این ذره‌ها خورشید بود بی غذا اجزات را داند ربود
The assembler of (all) these motes was the (Divine) Sun: He knows how to seize thy (bodily) particles (and draw them together again) without nutrition.
آن زمانی که در آیی تو ز خواب هوش و حس رفته را خواند شتاب
At the moment when thou emergest from sleep, He quickly recalls the departed consciousness and sensation.
تا بدانی کان ازو غایب نشد باز آید چون بفرماید که عد
To the end that thou mayst know that those (faculties) have not become absent from Him, they come back (to thee) when He commands them to return.



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