POEMS: “Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge” by Yunus Emre

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“Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge”

 

Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge:
Knowledge means to know yourself, heart and soul.
If you have failed to understand yourself,
Then all of your reading has missed its call.

What is the purpose of reading those books?
So that Man can know the All-Powerful.
If you have read, but failed to understand,
Then your efforts are just a barren toil.

Don’t boast of reading, mastering science
Or of all your prayers and obeisance.
If you don’t identify Man as God,
All your learning is of no use at all.

The true meaning of the four holy books
Is found in the alphabet’s first letter.
You talk about that first letter, preacher;
What is the meaning of that — could you tell?

Yunus Emre says to you, Pharisee,
Make the holy pilgrimage if need be
A hundred times — but if you ask me,
A visit to the heart is best of all.

Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge:
Knowledge means to know yourself, heart and soul.
If you have failed to understand yourself,
Then all of your reading has missed its call

by Yunus Emre

English version by Namık Kemal Zeybek

 

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  1. They say we never stop learning and knowledge and visit to the Heart is best of all. Fantastic poem by this spiritual master.

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    1. Thank you dear Kamal! I got a chance to watch in Netflix the story of Yunus Emre’s life, in several episodes. Each episode learning new lessons on his journey to seek for wisdom with a Sufi Master. It was very interesting and beautiful..they studied and meditated, and practiced kindness and respect and such a sense of community!…

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      1. Wow I never knew they were showing on Netflix. I too will watch would love to see his life of love and kindness. You are always welcome dear Amira ♥️♥️♥️♥️

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        1. Yes, it was a while back dear Kamal, I hope they still have it available! 🙂 ❤

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          1. Hope so will check it out 👍👍👍

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