The King’s Four Wives

The king who once ruled a great and powerful country had four wives. The king loved his fourth wife the most. He did not double what his wife said, he would give the best and the best of everything to her.
The king also loved his third wife very much. He was very jealous of this beautiful wife because he was afraid that one day she would leave him.

The king also loved his second wife. His wife, who was good and patient with him, would always be there for the king when he had a problem and would help him solve his problem.
The queen was the king’s first wife. Although this was his wife who loved him very much, loved him without expecting anything in return, and made the greatest contribution to his health and sovereignty, the king did not love his first wife and did not take care of her.

One day the king fell ill with a fatal disease. Realizing that he would die soon and fearful of being alone after death, he wanted to know which of his wives might want to share the death with him.

When the king asked his fourth wife, whom he loved most, if he would like to accompany him on his death journey, the answer he received was like a knife in his heart. This clear answer, said in a low voice, is “not possible”
“I have loved you all my life. Will you agree to die with me?” To his question, his third wife replied, “No, it’s good to be alive. When you die, I will remarry.” The king was once again destroyed.

“You were the one who always stood by me and helped me in every problem. Can you help me with this problem too?” Against his request, he received a reply from his second wife, “I can’t do anything about this problem, I will at most accompany you to your grave, have a nice funeral and mourn”
The king, who was in great disappointment, was startled by the voice of his first wife. “Wherever you go, I will be with you, I will follow you.” says his first wife.

The king was very happy with this answer and said to himself: “I wish I had one more chance”.
We are all four-partners in life. Our fourth partner is our body. No matter how much time, resources, and effort we put into making it look beautiful, it will leave us when we die.

Our third wife is our wealth and status… As soon as we die, she will be with someone else.
Our second spouse is our family and friends. The last thing these people with whom we share all our problems can do is to send us off from this world with tears in their eyes.

The first wife is our soul. Even if we leave this world one day, our soul will always make our name shine like a star in our hearts.” (Anonymous)


Sheikh Edebali’s Advice to Osman Bey

“O Son!
You are master!
After that, anger is upon us; meekness to you…
Resent us; love you..
blame us; bear with you..
Impotence to us, error to us; welcome you..
Discords, conflicts, incompatibilities, disagreements to us; justice to you..
Evil eye, heavy mouth, unfair comment to us; forgive you…
After that divide us; to make you whole..
Loyalty to us; to warn, to encourage, to shape you..
O Son!
Your load is heavy, your job is tough, your strength depends on the hair, may Allah help you.
May his lord be blessed.
May it be beneficial to the path of righteousness. Let your light shine.
Send it far.
May he give you the strength to carry your burden, the mind and heart that will not stumble.
You and your friends must clear the way for what is promised to us with the sword, and dervishes like us with thoughts, ideas and prayers.
We need to clear the blockage.
You are strong, strong, smart and wise. But if you don’t know where and how to use them, you will be blown away in the morning winds.
Your anger and your soul become one and defeat your mind. For this, you always have patience, perseverance and willpower!..
Patience is very important. A gentleman should know how to be patient. It does not bloom before its time. Raw pears are inedible; Even if it is eaten, it remains in your bosom.
Uninformed sword is like raw pears.
Let your nation live in your own wisdom. Don’t turn your back on him. Always feel your presence. In governing the society, keeping this alive is wisdom.
There are people, dawn is born, they die in the evening prayer.
The world is not as big as your eyes see it.
All unconquered secrets, unknowns, will come to light only with your virtue and justice.
Count your mother and father!
Know that abundance is with the great.
If you lose your faith in this world, when you are green you become barren, you turn into deserts.
Be frank! Don’t take every word! You see, don’t say; don’t say you know!
Frequent commuting to your favorite place; your love and reputation will be damaged…
To these three people; In other words, pity the scholar among the ignorant, those who become poor when they are rich, and those who lose their dignity while being remembered!
Remember that those who occupy high places are not as safe as those below.
Don’t be afraid of the fight you are right! You should know that they call the best of the horse towards the right, and the best of the valiant crazy (fearless, reckless, heroic, daring).
The greatest victory is to recognize the self.
The enemy is man himself.
The fellow has itself recognized the soul.
The land is not the common property of the ruler, which he shares with his sons and brothers.
Countries that belong only to the administration.
When he dies, whoever comes after him, receives the dominion of the country.
Our ancestors, who were once mistaken, divided their state among their sons and brothers in their health. That’s why they couldn’t survive. (This advice made the Ottomans live for 600 years.)
Once a person sits down, he does not get up easily.
When the person does not move, he becomes numb. When he gets numb, he starts talking.
Word turns into gossip. Rumors began to prosper not informal.
Friend becomes foe; The enemy, the beast is cut!..
People’s power is exhausted one day, but live information.
The light of knowledge penetrates even through closed eyes, enlightening them.
The animal dies, its saddle remains; man dies, his work remains. He should cry not after the one who leaves, but after the one who doesn’t leave…
He must continue where he left off.
I don’t like war.
I don’t like to bleed.
Still, I know that the sword must rise and fall.
But this must be for getting up and landing.
Especially, it is a murder for a person to drop a sword on another person.
The gentleman is not beyond the country.
A war, not just be for a king.
We have no right to stop, to rest.
Because there is no time, time is short!..
Loneliness is frightening.
Farmers know the soil when planting, do not ask someone else.
Even if he is alone!
As long as he knows that the soil is tempered.
Love should be the basis of the cause. To love is in silence.
You don’t like shouting. It is not loved by being seen either!..
Who does not know his past, can not know his future.
Osman! Know your past well so that you can step firmly into the future.
Don’t forget where you came from so you don’t forget where you’re going…”
Sheikh Edebali, 13th Century, Söğüt-Bilecik-Turkey