The inner man knows no worries on this path

white tulip, istanbul

white tulip, istanbul

The Inner Man

The inner man knows no worries on this path.
The inner heart does not know death.

Bodies perish, but not the soul. Those who are gone don’t return.
Bodies are for dying. That’s not what a soul is for.

The heart will never find the pearl it seeks,
even in a thousand years, unless it’s given.

Be careful, your Beloved’s heart is easily broken.
Such fine crystal once shattered is never restored.

And unless you put your cup to the fountain,
even in a thousand years it won’t be filled.

Both Khidr* and Elias drank the water of life.
These days they are not dead.

The world was made for the sake of the Prophet and his friendship.
Those who come to this world do not remain.

Yunus, today while you have eyes to see, do what you must.
Those who attain do not come back.

(* Khidr in Islamic tradition is an immortal who may appear in human form to give help and guidance to those in need.)

by Yunus Emre (1238 – 1321).

taken by Pentax K10D, at Istanbul


4 responses to “The inner man knows no worries on this path

  1. thanks my friends …

  2. fantastic photo and such beautiful words well done

  3. Nice shot again the colour is really delicate making this a perfect picture

  4. All your tulip photos are lovely, but this one has such a sweet delicacy that made me want to touch it.

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