Part 18 - Explanation of the envy of the vizier

    437   That petty vizier had his origin from envy, so that for vanity he gave to the wind (sacrificed) his ears and nose, 438   In the hope that by the sting of envy his venom might enter...


Part 18 - Explanation of the envy of the vizier

 

 

437

 

That petty vizier had his origin from envy, so that for vanity he gave to the wind (sacrificed) his ears and nose,

438

 

In the hope that by the sting of envy his venom might enter the souls of the poor (Christians).

439

 

Any one who from envy mutilates his nose makes himself without ear and without nose (unable to apprehend spiritual things).

440

 

The nose is that which catches a scent, and which the scent leads towards an abode (of spiritual truth).

441

 

Whoever hath no scent is without a nose; the scent (referred to) is that scent which is religious.

442

 

When he has caught a scent and given no thanks for it, (that) ingratitude comes and devours his nose (deprives him of the organ of spiritual perception).

443

 

Give thanks (to God) and be a slave to those who give thanks: be in their presence (as one) dead, be steadfast.

444

 

Do not, like the vizier, make brigandage your stock-in-trade; do not turn the people away from the ritual prayer.

445

 

The miscreant vizier had become (in appearance) a true religious counsellor, (but) he had craftily put garlic in the walnut cake.

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