October 9th, 2014

Yunus Emre - One Who Is Real Is Humble

One Who Is Real Is Humble

by Yunus Emre

English version by Jennifer Ferraro & Latif Bolat
Original Language Turkish

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.

-- from Quarreling with God: Mystic Rebel Poems of the Dervishes of Turkey, Translated by Jennifer Ferraro / Translated by Latif Bolat

Poetry Chaikhana | Yunus Emre - One Who Is Real Is Humble

Do ISIL Members Fall On Their Faces....?

Do ISIL members fall on  their faces
five times each day to pray?
If they did, the landscape of Iraq
would be unlike what it is today.
If they didn't, they would not be Muslim
and false creators of an Islamic State.
Nothing  in Islam prefers war to peace;
nothing prefers force to submission.
Its my submission God asks for
He does not want me to subdue someone else.

Do Christians repay evil with good?
Some say they do but leave little evidence.
Others say, "things are not that simple."
If they did, the landscape/mindscape of
Europe and the Western Hemisphere
would look much different than it does.
There would be no evil left to pay good for.
Jesus prefered love to hate,
giving to taking, humility to pride.
He thought things were that simple.


Innocent III represented Christianity,
Francis of Assisi represented Jesus.

| Yunus Emre - True speech is the fruit of not speaking*

True speech is the fruit of not speaking.
Too much talking clouds the heart.
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.


-- from The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems of Yunus Emre, Translated by Kabir Helminski / Translated by Refik Algan
<Poetry Chaikhana | Yunus Emre - True speech is the fruit of not speaking

* This was posted October 15, 2010, the link to the full poem and commentary was lost.  I hope that this restored it.