Part 33 - The quarrel of the amírs concerning the succession

    696   One of those amírs advanced and went before that loyal-minded people. 697   “Behold,” said he, “I am that man's vicar: I am the vicar of Jesus at the...


Part 33 - The quarrel of the amírs concerning the succession

 

 

696

 

One of those amírs advanced and went before that loyal-minded people.

697

 

“Behold,” said he, “I am that man's vicar: I am the vicar of Jesus at the present time.

698

 

Look, this scroll is my proof that after him the vicarate belongs to me.”

699

 

Another amír came forth from ambush: his pretension regarding the vicegerency was the same;

700

 

He too produced a scroll from under his arm, so that in both (amírs) there arose the Jewish anger.

701

 

The rest of the amírs, one after another, drawing swords of keen mettle,

702

 

Each with a sword and a scroll in his hand, fell to combat like raging elephants.

703

 

Hundreds of thousands of Christians were slain, so that there were mounds of severed heads;

704

 

Blood flowed, on left and right, like a torrent; mountains of this dust (of battle) rose in the air.

705

 

The seeds of dissension which he (the vizier) had sown had become a calamity (cause of destruction) to their heads.

706

 

The walnuts (bodies) were broken, and those which had the kernel had, after being slain, a spirit pure and fair.

707

 

Slaughter and death which befalls the bodily frame is like breaking pomegranates and apples:

708

 

That which is sweet becomes pomegranate-syrup, and that which is rotten is naught but noise:

709

 

That which has reality is made manifest (after death), and that which is rotten is put to shame.

710

 

Go, strive after reality, O worshipper of form, inasmuch as reality is the wing on form's body.

711

 

Consort with the followers of reality, that you may both win the gift and be generous (in giving yourself up to God).

712

 

Beyond dispute, in this body the spirit devoid of reality is even as a wooden sword in the sheath:

713

 

Whilst it remains in the sheath, it is (apparently) valuable, (but) when it has come forth it is an implement (only fit) for burning.

714

 

Do not take a wooden sword into the battle! First see (whether your sword is a real one), in order that your plight may not be wretched.

715

 

If it is made of wood, go, seek another; and if it is adamant, march forward joyously.

716

 

The sword (of reality) is in the armoury of the saints: to see (and associate with) them is for you (as precious as) the Elixir.

717

 

All the wise have said this same thing: the wise man is a (Divine) mercy to created beings.

718

 

If you would buy a pomegranate, buy (it when it is) laughing (having its rind cleft open), so that its laughter (openness) may give information as to its seeds.

719

 

Oh, blessed is its laughter, for through its mouth it shows the heart, like a pearl from the casket of the spirit.

720

 

Unblest was the laughter (openness) of the red anemone, from whose mouth appeared the blackness of its heart.

721

 

The laughing pomegranate makes the garden laughing (gay and blooming): companionship with (holy) men makes you one of the (holy) men.

722

 

Though you be rock or marble, you will become a jewel when you reach the man of heart (the saint).

723

 

Plant the love of the holy ones within your spirit; do not give your heart (to aught) save to the love of them whose hearts are glad.

724

 

Go not to the neighbourhood of despair: there are hopes. Go not in the direction of darkness: there are suns.

725

 

The heart leads you into the neighbourhood of the men of heart (the saints); the body leads you into the prison of water and earth.

726

 

Oh, give your heart food from (conversation with) one who is in accord with it; go, seek (spiritual) advancement from one who is advanced.

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