Photo: Bedouin, 1898.
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?
Can anyone but Truth
satisfy a human need?
Truth's place is in the heart.
There is a verse in the Quran-In soul
love has a tower higher than the throne of Creation.
I've gone crazy on this Way.
I can't tell day from night.
The arrow of Love has pierced my heart.
Come, poor Yunus, come,
hold the hands of the mature.
In their humility is a cure.
Source & Recommended Reading:
'The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems'
By Yunus Emre (Author), Kabir Helminski (Translator), Refik Algan (Translator)
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.
'The songs that sing to us from these pages are fresh and simpleand as deep as the Sea itself. What better to say of a book than it came when it was needed.'