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 man... »

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 rememberi... »

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 bear... »

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 you... »

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 bir... »

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. ... »

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... »

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. ... »

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 ne... »

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... »

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,... »

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 Paradi... »

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 ... »

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’... »

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... »

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... »

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 heav... »

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. An... »

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.... »

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, m... »