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  • غافلی هم حکمتست و نعمتست ** تا نپرد زود سرمایه ز دست
  • True, heedlessness is (a manifestation of) Divine Wisdom and Bounty, in order that (his) stock-in-trade may not suddenly fly out of (his) hand;
  • لیک نی چندانک ناسوری شود ** زهر جان و عقل رنجوری شود 2610
  • But not (heedlessness) so great that it becomes an incurable sore and a poison to the spirit and intellect of one who is sick.
  • خود کی یابد این چنین بازار را ** که به یک گل می‌خری گلزار را
  • Who, really, can find bazaars like this where with a single rose thou art buying (whole) roseries;
  • دانه‌ای را صد درختستان عوض ** حبه‌ای را آمدت صد کان عوض
  • (Where) a hundred groves come (are offered) to thee in exchange for one seed, a hundred mines in exchange for one groat?
  • کان لله دادن آن حبه است ** تا که کان‌الله له آید به دست
  • Kána lilláh is the giving of that groat, in order that kána ’lláh lahú may come into (thy) hand;
  • زآنک این هوی ضعیف بی‌قرار ** هست شد زان هوی رب پایدار
  • For this weak unstable hú (personality) was brought into being by the steadfast (permanent) hú of the Lord.
  • هوی فانی چونک خود فا او سپرد ** گشت باقی دایم و هرگز نمرد 2615
  • When the hú that passes away has surrendered itself to Him, it becomes everlasting and never dies.
  • هم‌چو قطره‌ی خایف از باد و ز خاک ** که فنا گردد بدین هر دو هلاک
  • (’Tis) like a drop of water (which is) afraid of wind (air) and earth; for by means of these twain it is made to pass away (and perish.
  • چون به اصل خود که دریا بود جست ** از تف خورشید و باد و خاک رست
  • When it has leaped (thrown itself) into the sea, which was its source, it is delivered from the heat of the sun and from wind and earth.
  • ظاهرش گم گشت در دریا و لیک ** ذات او معصوم و پا بر جا و نیک
  • Its outward form has disappeared in the sea, but its essence is inviolate and permanent and goodly.