Today I thought I'd share a Turkish poem by Yunus Emre:
'Those who became complete,
didn't live this life in hypocrisy,
didn't learn the meaning of things,
by reading commentaries...
Reality is an Ocean, the Law is a Ship.
Many have never left the Ship,
never jumped into the sea.
They might have come to Worship,
but they stopped at rituals,
They never knew or entered the inside.
Those who think the Four Books
were meant to be talked about,
who have only read explanations,
and never entered meaning,
are really in sin.
Yunus means 'true friend',
for one whose journey has begun...
Until we transform our Names,
we haven't found the Way."
It made me think whether I was bold enough to jump from the Ship, and whether I had the courage to go beyond rituals, into something deeper and more real than this world will ever be. Worth thinking about.