The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality
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The Republic of Rumi: a Novel of Reality

Chapter 7

The System of the Universe


By Khurram Ali Shafique

Previous knowledge cannot be applied in the Garden if you are to find Joseph. This much has become clear from the prelude.

As you advance, the heading of each chapter appears as an inscription and its content follows as montage of images.

Self

System of the universe originates in the self. Continuation of the life of all individuals depends on strengthening the self.
Everything is a secret of the self. Self-affirmation brings not-self to light and imagines itself to be another.

Ideals

Life of the self comes from forming ideals and bringing them to birth.

Iqbal turns to you and says, “Rise intoxicated with the wine of an ideal – an ideal shining as the dawn and higher than Heaven! Winning, captivating and enchanting everyone’s hearts!”

DISCUSS

  • If everything is an effect of the self then how do we see contradictions?
  • How would you differentiate an ideal from a proposition?
  • Why is it important for an ideal to appeal to “everyone’s” hearts?
  • Can Joseph be the kind of ideal Iqbal is asking you to have?

 You have reached the end of this chapter. You may like to discuss it before reading the next.

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The reader’s self is engaging with the Garden more than the reader’s mind.
Persian Text