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  • آب حیوان از کجا خواهی تو یافت ** موج دریا را کجا خواهی شکافت‌‌
  • Whence wilt thou gain the Water of Life? Where wilt thou cleave the waves of the Sea?
  • موج خاکی وهم و فهم و فکر ماست ** موج آبی محو و سکر است و فناست‌‌ 575
  • The waves of earth are our imagination and understanding and thought; the waves of water are (mystical) self-effacement and intoxication and death (faná).
  • تا در این سکری از آن سکری تو دور ** تا از این مستی از آن جامی تو دور
  • Whilst thou art in this (sensual) intoxication, thou art far from that (mystical) intoxication; whilst thou art drunken with this, thou art blind to that cup.
  • گفت‌‌وگوی ظاهر آمد چون غبار ** مدتی خاموش خو کن هوش دار
  • Outward speech and talk is as dust: do thou for a time make a habit of silence. Take heed!
  • مکرر کردن مریدان که خلوت را بشکن
  • How the disciples repeated their request that he should interrupt his seclusion.
  • جمله گفتند ای حکیم رخنه جو ** این فریب و این جفا با ما مگو
  • They all said: “O sage who seekest a crevice (means of evasion), say not to us this (word of) guile and harshness.
  • چار پا را قدر طاقت بار نه ** بر ضعیفان قدر قوت کار نه‌‌
  • Lay on the beast a burden in proportion to its endurance, lay on the weak a task in proportion to their strength.
  • دانه‌‌ی هر مرغ اندازه‌‌ی وی است ** طعمه‌‌ی هر مرغ انجیری کی است‌‌ 580
  • The bait for every bird is according to its (the bird's) measure (capacity): how should a fig be the food (lure) for every bird?
  • طفل را گر نان دهی بر جای شیر ** طفل مسکین را از آن نان مرده گیر
  • If you give a babe bread instead of milk, take it (for granted) that the poor babe will die of the bread;
  • چون که دندانها بر آرد بعد از آن ** هم بخود گردد دلش جویای نان‌‌
  • (Yet) afterwards, when it grows teeth, that babe will of its own accord its heart will crave bread.
  • مرغ پر نارسته چون پران شود ** لقمه‌‌ی هر گربه‌‌ی دران شود
  • When an unfledged bird begins to fly, it becomes a mouthful for any rapacious cat;