Yunus Emre

Brief Biography of Yunus Emre

Brief Biography of Yunus Emre

Yunus Emre is considered by many to be one of the most important Turkish poets. Little can be said for certain of his life other than that he was a Sufi dervish of Anatolia. The love people have for his liberating poetry is reflected in the fact that many villages claim to be his birthplace, and many others claim to hold his tomb. He probably lived in the Karaman area. His poetry expresses a deep personal mysticism and humanism and love for God. He was a contemporary of Rumi, who settled in the same region after having moved from what is today Afghanistan. Rumi composed his collection of stori... »

Oh disciple of love, open your eyes

Oh disciple of love, open your eyes

Oh disciple of love, open your eyes, look to the face of the land. See these subtle plants, how their flowering passes. With such care they grow toward the Friend — ask them what goal they have in mind. Each flower has a thousand ways it flirts with Truth. Every bird with its song is remembering the Ruler. They praise His Ability, His Presence in every detail, yes, and as they see the shortness of life, they pale. Each day their color changes, until they fall to the ground. This is a teaching for the wise to understand. Your coming doesn’t lead anywhere. Your laughter isn’t f... »

One Who Is Real Is Humble

One Who Is Real Is Humble

To be real on this path you must be humble — If you look down at others you’ll get pushed down the stairs. If your heart goes around on high, you fly far from this path. There’s no use hiding it — What’s inside always leaks outside. Even the one with the long white beard, the one who looks so wise — If he breaks a single heart, why bother going to Mecca? If he has no compassion, what’s the point? My heart is the throne of the Beloved, the Beloved the heart’s destiny: Whoever breaks another’s heart will find no homecoming in this world or an... »

That by which our hearts are held

That by which our hearts are held

That by which our hearts are held, whole worlds love it too. I can’t deny the truth — many ways lead to the One. Those whom the Beloved loves, we must also love. If someone is a friend to the Friend, how can we afford not to be friends? If you would be a lover, befriend him who loves your Friend; and if you cannot, don’t call yourself a friend of mine. Whomever you tend to despise, hold dear instead. Don’t belittle others, respect them. This is where the path leads. If you heart is filled with love, your way is sacrifice. Through sacrifice you will find your place in th... »

The drink sent down from Truth

The drink sent down from Truth

  The drink sent down from Truth, we drank it, glory be to God. And we sailed over the Ocean of Power, glory be to God. Beyond those hills and oak woods, beyond those vineyards and gardens, we passed in health and joy, glory be to God. We were dry, but we moistened. We grew wings and became birds, we married one another and flew, glory be to God. To whatever lands we came, in whatever hearts, in all humanity, we planted the meanings Taptuk taught us, glory be to God. Come here, let’s make peace, let’s not be strangers to one another. We have saddled the horse and trained it, g... »

The lover is outcast and idle

The lover is outcast and idle

My soul, the way of the masters is thinner than the thinnest. What blocked Solomon’s way was an ant. Night and day the lover’s tears never end, tears of blood, remembering the Beloved. “The lover is outcast and idle,” they used to tell me. It’s true. It happened to me. I tried to make sense of the Four Books, until love arrived, and it all became a single syllable. You who claim to be dervishes and to never do what God forbids — the only time you’re free of sin is when you’re in His hands. Two people were talking. One said, “I wish I could ... »

The mature ones are a sea

The mature ones are a sea

The mature ones are a sea. A lover is needed to take the plunge, a diver to bring up a pearl. When you have brought the pearl to the surface, a jeweler is needed to know its worth. Stay on the road until you arrive. Be speechless. Don’t become a salesman. Find an ‘Ali to follow. Muhammed knew Truth in himself. Truth is present everywhere. You only need eyes to see it. Ask your daily sustenance from Truth, the only Apportioner. Find someone who is master of his ego. The lovers asked me to sing. Someone without greed is needed to complete what is started. Sufi, who are you kidding? C... »

The Truth fills the world

The Truth fills the world

The Truth fills the world, but to whom is Truth known? You ask so much of It, but It isn’t separate from yourself. You believe in the world, you claim your daily bread as your own. How long will you keep up your lie? You know it’s not like that. It’s a long way to the other world. Be honest with yourself through all the separation and painful yearning. Those who attain do not return. Those who come to the world will one by one drink the juice of death. This world is just a bridge although the young wouldn’t guess it. Come, let’s get to know each other and make our... »

Those who became complete

Those who became complete

Those who became complete didn’t live this life in hypocrisy, didn’t learn the meaning of things by reading commentaries. Reality is an ocean; the Law is a ship. Many have never left the ship, never jumped into the sea. They might have come to Worship but they stopped at rituals. They never knew or entered the Inside. Those who think the Four Books were meant to be talked about, who have only read explanations and never entered meaning, are really in sin. Yunus means “true friend” for one whose journey has begun. Until we transform our Names, we haven’t found the ... »

True speech is the fruit of not speaking

True speech is the fruit of not speaking

True speech is the fruit of not speaking. Too much talking clouds the heart. If you want to clear the heart, say this much, the essence of all talking: Speak truly. God speaks through words truly spoken. Falsity ends in pain. Unless you witness all of creation in a single glance, you’re in sin even with all your religion. The explanation of the Law is this: The Law is a ship. Truth is her ocean. No matter how strong the wood, the sea can smash the ship. The secret is this: A “saint” of religion may in reality be an unbeliever. We will master this science and read this book of... »

We entered the house of realization

We entered the house of realization

We entered the house of realization, we witnessed the body. The whirling skies, the many-layered earth, the seventy-thousand veils, we found in the body. The night and the day, the planets, the words inscribed on the Holy Tablets, the hill that Moses climbed, the Temple, and Israfil’s trumpet, we observed in the body. Torah, Psalms, Gospel, Quran — what these books have to say, we found in the body. Everybody says these words of Yunus are true. Truth is wherever you want it. We found it all within the body. by Yunus Emre English version by Kabir Helminski & Refik Algan Original... »

Let Them Have Paradise

Let Them Have Paradise

My eyes exist to see You. My hands exist to reach You. Today I set my life on your Path — Tomorrow I will find You. Today I set my life on your Path, so tomorrow you may know my worth; Don’t give me Paradise as reward for my faith — I have no desire to go. The place you call Paradise for which every good believer strives is but a house of beautiful women to the wise — I have no desire to embrace them. You gave me a son and a daughter who’ve brought me every pleasure; even for them I have no more desire — All my desire is for You. Give all that to the orthodo... »

Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge

Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge

Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge: Knowledge means to know yourself, heart and soul. If you have failed to understand yourself, Then all of your reading has missed its call. What is the purpose of reading those books? So that Man can know the All-Powerful. If you have read, but failed to understand, Then your efforts are just a barren toil. Don’t boast of reading, mastering science Or of all your prayers and obeisance. If you don’t identify Man as God, All your learning is of no use at all. The true meaning of the four holy books Is found in the alphabet’s first... »

I haven’t come here to settle down

I haven’t come here to settle down

I haven’t come here to settle down. I’ve come here to depart. I am a merchant with loots of goods, selling to whoever will buy. I didn’t come to create any problems, I’m only her to love. A Heart makes a good home for the Friend. I’ve come to build some hearts. I’m a little drunk from this Friendship — Any lover would know the shape I’m in. I’ve come to exchange my twoness, to disappear in One. He is my teacher. I am his servant. I am a nightingale in His garden. I’ve come to the Teacher’s garden to be happy and die singing. The... »

I am before, I am after

I am before, I am after

I am before, I am after The soul for all souls all the way. I’m the one with a helping hand Ready for those gone wild, astray. I made the ground flat where it lies, On it I had those mountains rise, I designed the vault of the shies, For I hold all things in my sway. To countless lovers I have been A guide for faith and religion. I am sacrilege in men’s hearts Also the true faith and Islam’s way. I make men love peace and unite; Putting down the black words on white, I wrote the four holy books right I’m the Koran for those who pray. It’s not Yunus who says all th... »

I am before, I am after

I am before, I am after

I am before, I am after The soul for all souls all the way. I’m the one with a helping hand Ready for those gone wild, astray. I made the ground flat where it lies, On it I had those mountains rise, I designed the vault of the shies, For I hold all things in my sway. To countless lovers I have been A guide for faith and religion. I am sacrilege in men’s hearts Also the true faith and Islam’s way. I make men love peace and unite; Putting down the black words on white, I wrote the four holy books right I’m the Koran for those who pray. It’s not Yunus who says all th... »

Go and let it be known to all lovers

Go and let it be known to all lovers

Go and let it be known to all lovers: I am the man who gave his heart to love. I turn into a wild duck of passion, I am the one who takes the swiftest dive. From the waves of the sea I take water And offer it all the way to the skies. In adoration, like a cloud, I soar I am the one who flies to heavens above. He who says he sees, doesn’t, though he vows; That man doesn’t know if he claims he knows. He alone is the One who knows and shows. I am the man who has become love’s slave. For true lovers, this land is Paradise; Those who know find mansions and palaces; Wonder struck a... »

Ask those who know

Ask those who know

Ask those who know, what’s this soul within the flesh? Reality’s own power. What blood fills these veins? Thought is an errand boy, fear a mine of worries. These sighs are love’s clothing. Who is the Khan on the throne? Give thanks for His unity. He created when nothing existed. And since we are actually nothing, what are all of Solomon’s riches? Ask Yunus and Taptuk what the world means to them. The world won’t last. What are You? What am I? Yunus Emre »

A single word can brighten the face

A single word can brighten the face

A single word can brighten the face of one who knows the value of words. Ripened in silence, a single word acquires a great energy for work. War is cut short by a word, and a word heals the wounds, and there’s a word that changes poison into butter and honey. Let a word mature inside yourself. Withhold the unripened thought. Come and understand the kind of word that reduces money and riches to dust. Know when to speak a word and when not to speak at all. A single word turns the universe of hell into eight paradises. Follow the Way. Don’t be fooled by what you already know. Be watch... »

Let’s Take

Let’s Take

Let’s be companions, the two of us. Let’s go to the Friend, my soul. Let’s be close intimates, the two of us. Lets go to the Friend, my soul. Let’s go before this life is over, Before our bodies disappear, Before enemies come between us — Let’s go to the Friend, my soul. Come on, let’s go. Don’t remain alone. Let’s be a chisel in the Friend’s hand. The only stop will be our sheikh’s station. Let’s go to the Friend, my soul. Let’s leave our towns and cities and gladly suffer for the Friend. Let’s wrap our arms a... »