Protecting the mind’s purity and clarity is privacy. Your existence is sacred. You are sacred, blessed and great as you are.

“Humanity got stuck at its sexual center and lost its return ticket home, namely privacy (“mahremiyet” in Turkish).”

The roots of the Turkish word “mahremiyet” (meaning privacy) are as follows: “Mahram” comes from the word “haram,” which in turn derives from “hrm.” The word “haram” is defined as being forbidden or untouchable. The Arabic word “haruma,” meanwhile, describes something that was forbidden but made sacred and untouchable. The Masjid around the Kaaba in Mecca is known fully as the Masjid al-Haram, referring to how sacred, blessed, and untouchable this place is.

In Turkish, the word for privacy (“mahremiyet”) is translated as secrecy, and this common use of the term does not reflect its real meaning. Privacy defines an amazing truth that we possess. It represents the sacred, important, unique, and incomparable parts of our being. In a way, it relays a message about how we should protect and maintain the connection with our divine bearing, our inner journey, and our solitude.

This is actually tremendously simple, but our cultural conditioning turned it into a complicated matter and prevented us from understanding it.

You have an unquestionable connection to God, to the Divine, to the Essence, to your inner self. This connection is very strong and exclusive to you, which is why it’s sacred, because no one else can read the messages or use this connection like you can. Anybody else would likely analyze it and drive you to doubt with their own opinions and ideas. This diverts you from your path, demotivates you, and draws you away from yourself by weakening your connection to the absolute. This affects you like the continued presence of an unwelcome guest in your home.

For this connection to continue uninterrupted, and for it to grow stronger over time, you need privacy. Only then can you find your way home by closing your mind to the traffic of thought outside and steering yourself toward the thoughts you need, the guidance of your inner voice.

The black veil over the Kaaba symbolizes the relationship with the sacred one. Similarly, the notion of covering yourself is symbolic too, because it refers to covering your mind and protecting its purity and clarity. Yin (feminine) energy is related to black, to the night, the darkness, and the unknown, so covering up with this color is symbolic for women, especially when it comes to the physical body. The real meaning is not understood and lived by, however, so it remains just as a tradition. Once the meaning is understood and experienced, all the symbols are removed.

Children are born aware of their own sanctity with an unsoiled mind, so they clearly hear the voice coming from the depths of their own existence. As they later start to discover the sexual side of their bodies, they begin to hear the messages of shame being shouted by the outer voices, so their connection to privacy weakens. Instead of learning to trust and protect their inner voice, they learn they shouldn’t touch their favorite body part and instead protect it. Once you begin striving for protection, concentrating all your thoughts on it, you begin to be subconsciously drawn to unwanted experiences.

The association of privacy with sexuality also reminds us of how sacred our genitals are. The notion of the untouchable teaches us that these body parts should only be engaged with clean and pure thoughts, with a meditative mind, and with only love.

Protecting the mind’s purity and clarity is privacy. Your existence is sacred. You are sacred, blessed and great as you are. You cover yourself with it, assured of your existence, without expecting approval from anyone or anything around you. You move forward, listening to the voice of your inner guide and accepting your solitude. This is your privacy. Once you protect it, you’ll read the thoughts of everyone else, have the wisdom to not be surprised by His intention, and learn the power to place all those who exceed their limits where they belong.