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  • Alexandra Kaziyeva

The Ocean is Truth and Reality According to Emre

The Drop that Became the Sea is a collection of poems by 13th century Turkish poet Yunus Emre. These two poems caught my attention as I noticed an emphasis on a specific metaphor:

In both cases, the ship represents the religious teachings, practices, and external frameworks that guide individuals on their spiritual journey. The vulnerable ship provides a false sense of knowledge, structure, and security. The ocean symbolizes the profound realm of spiritual truth, inner wisdom, and authentic experience. The vast ocean embraces the unknown, which allows for seeking truth. The shapeless ocean provides freedom for inner transformation and enlightenment.


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