Part 32 - How the people of Jesus—on him be peace!—asked the amírs, “Which one of you is the successor?”

    668   After a month the people said, “O chiefs, which of (the) amírs is designated in his place, 669   That we may acknowledge him as our religious leader instead of him...


Part 32 - How the people of Jesus—on him be peace!—asked the amírs, “Which one of you is the successor?”

 

 

668

 

After a month the people said, “O chiefs, which of (the) amírs is designated in his place,

669

 

That we may acknowledge him as our religious leader instead of him (the vizier), and give our hands and skirts into his hand?

670

 

Since the sun is gone and has branded us (left the brand of sorrow in our hearts), is not a lamp the (only) resource in his stead?

671

 

Since union with the beloved has vanished from before our eyes, we must needs have a vicar as a memorial of him (i.e. one who will recall him to our memory).

672

 

Since the rose is past and the garden ravaged, from whom shall we get the perfume of the rose? From rosewater.”

673

 

Inasmuch as God comes not into sight, these prophets are the vicars of God.

674

 

Nay, I have said (this) wrongly; for if you suppose that the vicar and He who is represented by the vicar are two, it (such a thought) is bad, not good.

675

 

Nay; they are two so long as you are a worshipper of form, (but) they have become one to him who has escaped from (consciousness of) form.

676

 

When you look at the form, your eye is two; look at its (the eye's) light, which grew from the eye.

677

 

’Tis impossible to distinguish the light of the two eyes, when a man has cast his look upon their light.

678

 

If ten lamps are present in (one) place, each differs in form from another:

679

 

To distinguish without any doubt the light of each, when you turn your face towards their light, is impossible.

680

 

If you count a hundred apples or a hundred quinces, they do not remain a hundred (but) become one, when you crush them (together).

681

 

In things spiritual there is no division and no numbers; in things spiritual there is no partition and no individuals.

682

 

Sweet is the oneness of the Friend with His friends: catch (and cling to) the foot of spirit. Form is headstrong.

683

 

Make headstrong form waste away with tribulation, that beneath it you may descry unity, like a (buried) treasure;

684

 

And if you waste it not away, His favours will waste it—oh, my heart is His vassal.

685

 

He even showeth Himself to (our) hearts, He seweth the tattered frock of the dervish.

686

 

Simple were we and all one substance; we were all without head and without foot yonder.

687

 

We were one substance, like the Sun; we were knotless and pure, like water.

688

 

When that goodly Light took form, it became (many in) number like the shadows of a battlement.

689

 

Rase ye the battlement with the manjaníq (mangonel), that difference may vanish from amidst this company (of shadows).

690

 

I would have explained this (matter) with (eager) contention, but I fear lest some (weak) mind may stumble.

691

 

The points (involved in it) are sharp as a sword of steel; if you have not the shield (of capacity to understand), turn back and flee!

692

 

Do not come without shield against this adamant (keen blade), for the sword is not ashamed of cutting.

693

 

For this cause I have put the sword in sheath, that none who misreads may read contrariwise (in a sense contrary to the true meaning of my words).

694

 

We come (now) to complete the tale and (speak) of the loyalty of the multitude of the righteous,

695

 

Who rose up after (the death of) this leader, demanding a vicar in his place.

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