Peace and Friendship in the works of the three brilliant poets Saadi, Hafiz, and Mowlana
When territory can be taken by gentle means,
Shed not blood by your strivings in conflict:
By your manhood! All earth’s rule
Is not worth one blood-drop’s trickling to earth!
I’ve heard that Jamshid of blessed constitution
Wrote thus upon a stone above a wellspring:
At this spring many like us have drawn breath,
Then gone on as they closed their eyes:
We’ve taken the world in manliness and force,
But carried it not with us into the tomb!
The sons of Adam are limbs of each other
Having been created of on essence.
When the calamity of time afflicts one limb
The other limbs cannot remain at rest.
If thou hast no sympathy for the name of a man.
Plant the tree of friendship, that, to fruit, the heart’s desire bringeth:
Up-pluck the bush of enmity, that countless troubles bringeth.
The ease of two worlds is the explanation of these two words:
With friends, kindness; with enemies, courtesy.
Be in love with God, the Only True Friend, and keep away from His enemies
Think fair and be fair so that you can turn evils away
If you are going to war with me here
I’ll do keep peace with you dear
And if you start a war with me, I’ll go to a peaceful place
As the God’s world is not limited in any case
One world is at war but what reigns over the other world is peacefulness
It is only in the meaningful world that what matters is not to make conquest
Water and fire, like reason and love, are brothers
And they represent the same essence, although seemingly different to others