Journey To The Beloved

Yunus Emre

 

“Know yourself.” This has always been the call of wise men to all human beings for centuries. Although there is no distance, knowing ourselves is the longest and the hardest journey that we may ever experience. For we ourselves are the biggest puzzle to be solved.

In the search for the kernel of yourself, surprisingly, in the very depths of your existence there you find God. And in the course of this journey, Love emerges which takes you beyond even yourself. So your life becomes a journey to the Beloved—the very Beloved within yourself.

In this process, one has to “deconstruct” his own self, which is indeed but a fictional entity. And this very self is what hinders seeing Reality as it is. So, beyond our understanding of reality, we witness a totally different scene—where Man, the axis of the universe, is established at the very core of existence.

The Man, the perfected Man—the one who has realized himself—is where the puzzle is solved. He is the answer of all our questions. He is the only resting place on the troubled paths of the world. He is the final abode where one may arrive; the deep serenity we have been looking for.

Yunus Emre, the sufi poet, having accomplished his own journey, tells us about this in his poems.

Let’s read. It is not just his story. He is indeed telling us about ourselves. This is our story.