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 any other.
The ones who know say very little
while the beasts are always speaking volumes;
One word is enough for one who knows.
If there is any meaning in the holy books, it is this:
Whatever is good for you, grant it to others too —
Whoever comes to this earth migrates back;
Whoever drinks the wine of love
understands what I say —
Yunus, don’t look down at the world in scorn —
Keep your eyes fixed on your Beloved’s face,
then you will not see the bridge
on Judgment Day.
by Yunus Emre
English version by Jennifer Ferraro & Latif Bolat
Original Language Turkish