Ozbekler Tekkesi

cemetery in Uzbeks Tekkias garden, Özbekler tekkesi bahçesindeki mezarlar,  Nakkaştepe Üsküdar, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

cemetery in Uzbeks Tekkia's garden, Özbekler tekkesi bahçesindeki mezarlar, Nakkaştepe Üsküdar, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

You are closer to me than myself (Ghazal 2798)

My love, you are closer to me than myself,
you shine through my eyes.
Your light is brighter than the Moon.
Step into the garden
so all the flowers, even the tall poplar
can kneel before your beauty.
Let your voice silence the lily
famous for its hundred tongues.
When you want to be kind you are
softer than the soul but when you withdraw
you can be so cold and harsh.

Dear one, you can be wild and rebellious but
when you meet him face to face
his charm will make you docile like the earth.
Throw away your shield and bare your chest
there is no stronger protection than him.

That’s why when the dervish withdraws
from the world he covers all the cracks in the wall,
so the outside light cannot come though.
He knows that only the inner light
illuminates his world.

Mevlana Rumi

from Rumi: Hidden Music, Translated by Azima Melita Kolin / Translated by Maryam Mafi


One response to “Ozbekler Tekkesi

  1. ozgur-

    I stumbled over your blog when I did an Internet search for the cemetery in Uskudar.

    I just returned from my first trip Istanbul. You must be very proud to live in such a magical city.

    One of my afternoons I spent wandering and taking photos of the grave markers in Karacaahmet Mezarligi. While I was there, I ran into some local children who water graves for mourners, grave diggers, and flower sellers. They asked me to take their pictures (through pantomime as they did not speak English and I did not speak enough Turkish) and seemed delighted with them. I would now like to send them the photos I took. Do you know if the cemetery has an office? And do you know the address? I thought I would send the photos there and perhaps someone who officially works for the cemetery can distribute them.

    I would appreciate any help you can provide.


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