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Yunus Emre: Know when to speak a word

Yunus Emre: Know when to speak a word
 
Photo: Girls of the Tlemcen's Beni Snous, Algeria; 1954.
 

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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 watchful.
Reflect before you speak.
A foolish mouth can brand your soul.

Yunus, say one last thing
about the power of words --
Only the word "I"
divides me from God.

(Yunus Emre: Know when to speak a word)

 

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Quote Source and Recommended Reading: 

'The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems'
​By Yunus Emre, Kabir Helminski, Refik Algan

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Description:


This collection of poems introduces a general readership to Yunus Emre (1240-1321), called the "greatest folk poet in Islam" An unlettered Turkish shepherd who sang mystical songs that are still popular today, he was the first in a great tradition of Turkish Sufi troubadours who celebrated the Divine Presence as the intimate Beloved and Friend. Yunus's verse conveys the spirit and philosophy of Islamic mysticism in simple, earthy language.

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