“Real knowledge is knowing oneself in the soul and heart:
if you don’t know yourself, all books read won’t it impart.
Why read many books? To know the One, All-Powerful!
If you read but don’t know it’s but a start, don’t depart!
Do not boast of reading, of science, prayer and reverence:
if you can’t see man as God any learning isn’t very smart.
The Holy Book’s real meaning is in the alphabet’s first letter:
preachers talk about that, what does it mean, make a start!
O holy one, Yunus says: go on pilgrimage if necessary
a hundred times, but if asked I’ll tell you, best to visit heart.”
Yunus Emre (d. 1321)