Part 27 - How the disciples repeated their request that he should interrupt his seclusion

    578   They all said: “O sage who seekest a crevice (means of evasion), say not to us this (word of) guile and harshness. 579   Lay on the beast a burden in proportion to its...


Part 27 - How the disciples repeated their request that he should interrupt his seclusion

 

 

578

 

They all said: “O sage who seekest a crevice (means of evasion), say not to us this (word of) guile and harshness.

579

 

Lay on the beast a burden in proportion to its endurance, lay on the weak a task in proportion to their strength.

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?

581

 

If you give a babe bread instead of milk, take it (for granted) that the poor babe will die of the bread;

582

 

(Yet) afterwards, when it grows teeth, that babe will of its own accord its heart will crave bread.

583

 

When an unfledged bird begins to fly, it becomes a mouthful for any rapacious cat;

584

 

(But) when it grows wings, it will fly of itself without trouble and without whistling (prompting), good or bad.

585

 

Thy speech makes the Devil silent, thy words make our ears (full of) intelligence.

586

 

Our ears are (full of) intelligence when thou art speaking; our dry land is a river when thou art the ocean.

587

 

With thee, earth is better to us than heaven, O thou by whom (the world from) Arcturus to the Fish is illumined!

588

 

Without thee, darkness is over heaven for us, (but) compared with thee, O Moon, who is this heaven at all?

589

 

The heavens have the form of sublimity, (but) the essence of sublimity belongs to the pure spirit.

590

 

The form of sublimity is for bodies; beside the essence (reality) bodies are (mere) names.”

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