İlim İlim Bilmektir
İlim ilim bilmektir
İlim kendin bilmektir
Sen kendini bilmezsin
Ya nice okumaktır
Kişi Hakk'ı bilmektir
Çün okudun bilmezsin
Ha bir kuru emektir
Okudum bildim deme
Çok taat kıldım deme
Eğer Hak bilmez isen
Bu kuru laf demektir
Dört kitabın manası
Bellidir bir Elif'te
Sen Elif'i bilmezsin
Bu nice okumaktır
Yunus der ki ey hoca
Isterse bin var Hacc'a
Bir gönüle girmektir
Knowledge is to Know Knowledge
Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge:
Knowledge means you know yourself, heart and soul.
If you have failed to comprehend yourself,
Then all of your reading has been for naught.
What is the purpose of reading all those books?
So that Man can know the All-Powerful.
If you have read, but failed to understand,
Then your efforts were just barren toil.
Don't boast of reading, mastering science
Or of all your prayers and obeisance.
If you didn’t understand that God is the Almighty
All your learning is of no use at all.
The true meaning of the four holy books
Is found in the alphabet's first letter.
You don’t even know the meaning of Alif, preacher.
So what kind of knowledge do you possess?
Yunus Emre says to you, “Pharisee,
Make the holy pilgrimage a hundred times
if need be--but if you ask me,
Visiting the heart is best of all.”