“We have given the key to your heart to Tapduk Emre! Go and find
him. Receive what you desire,” said Hunkar to Yunus.
Thereupon, Yunus set off towards Tapduk’s lodge in Nallihan.
A few days later Yunus arrived at the lodge and was struck by an
inspiring scene. The back of the lodge faced the mountains. He felt
the fresh wind on his face, blowing towards the River Sakarya. It was
the most exciting moment of his life. During his journey, he repeated
to himself the name that Hunkar had used to address him, “Emrem
Sultan, Tapduk Sultan!”
The moment he first saw Tapduk in the backyard of the lodge, it
seemed to Yunus that Tapduk had been waiting for him. Yunus was
overwhelmed by a spirit of rapture he had never experienced before.
He felt as though he was going to lose his mind in the presence of
Tapduk, whose dervishes hovered silently around to serve him, like
moths flying around a sacred light. He caught the delicious scent of
soup and was torn between hunger and love. He said to himself, “It is
not the time to think about eating.”
He listened to the faraway sound of a water wheel turning heavily,
which resembled the earth-shaking sound made by the voices of the
dervishes, reciting the dhikr ‘Hu’ at sunrise.