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Yunus Emre - Let's Take Yunus Emre

Let's Take Yunus Emre

by Yunus Emre

English version by Jennifer Ferraro & Latif Bolat
Original Language Turkish

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, my soul.

Come on, let's go. Don't remain alone.
Let's be a chisel in the Friend's hand.
The only stop will be our sheikh's station.

     Let's go to the Friend, my soul.

Let's leave our towns and cities
and gladly suffer for the Friend.
Let's wrap our arms around our Beloved's waist.

     Let's go to the Friend, my soul.

Let's not be bewildered by the world.
Let's not be cheated by its sudden dying.
Let's not sit together never touching.

     Let's go to the Friend, my soul.

Let's give up this transient world
and fly to the lasting land of the Friend.
Let's give up all the playthings of the nafs.

     Let's go to the Friend, my soul.

Be a guide to me on this journey.
Let's set our destination at the Friend,
Not thinking where we begin or end.

     Let's go to the Friend, my soul.

This world isn't everlasting.
With eyes half-open it is tempting.
Be a companion of lovers and a lover.

     Let's go to the Friend, my soul.

Before the news of death reaches us,
Before the hour when he grabs us by the collar,
Before Azrail makes his sudden move,

     Let's go to the Friend, my soul.

Let's arrive at the Divine Truth
and inquire there about Reality.
     Let's take Yunus Emre with us --

          and go to the Friend, my soul.


-- from Quarreling with God: Mystic Rebel Poems of the Dervishes of Turkey, Translated by Jennifer Ferraro / Translated by Latif Bolat
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Here is another reason why Yunus Emre is one of my favorite Sufis, one of my favorite human beings.  I am sure i must have read this before but it has never resonated with me til now; maybe i've had a bit of spiritual growth i;m not aware; or maybe i've just read Daniel Quinn's novel,Ishmael for the first time.  Emre. in the 13th century saw the world dying.  The imminence of that death seems more obvious now.  We will passively watch the world die, or  even kill it ourselves because we continue to live in  this "megalomaniacal fantasy" that most of us insist on calling "reality."  Only the Friend can tell us what reality really is.

My friends, let us all make friends of the Friend.  You don't have to call him Allah; you don't have to call her "Him.'  you could call it Tao, you could even call it "late for supper."  But i am coming to believe that the "Divine Truth" is my Ultimate Friend,

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everville340
Nov. 11th, 2018 02:51 am (UTC)
Perhaps it is fate, or karma, or enlightened inspiration; it resonated with you now so that you could bring it others' awareness. Thank you for that.
elainegrey
Nov. 16th, 2018 01:58 pm (UTC)
Hi, i'm chugging along in my life and may not engage in your journal often, but i wanted to let you know your son is still in my thoughts. I hope he is landing on his feet.
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