You followed rules and exercised control, so this
virtual reality has sprung up from your imagination, showing that
the education of the self has three stages: obedience, self-control
and Divine Vicegerency. The process itself is setting forth the
inner meanings of the names of Ali (“Whosoever in the world
becomes a master over one’s own clay turns back the sun from
the west”). Interesting?
The young man and his enemies
It is Lahore, almost nine hundred years before
Iqbal. Beauty and majesty have combined through love in the great
saint Ali Hajveri. A young man has come from Merv in Persia and
is complaining about being hemmed in by the enemies.
Hajveri replies, “When the stone thought
itself to be glass, it became glass and got into the way of breaking.
How long will you regard yourself as water and earth? Create from
your clay a flaming Sinai. Whoever knows the states of the self,
considers a powerful enemy to be a blessing, who awakens the person’s
potential. Becoming oblivious of one’s own self is a death
more deadly than the parting of the soul and the body. Abide in
self, like Joseph.”
The diamond and the bird
A diamond is being attacked by a thirsty bird who
mistook it for a drop of water. “I am not a dew drop,”
says the diamond proudly. “I give no drink. I do not live
to become a prey.”
Presently the bird finds a dewdrop elsewhere and
The Poet turns to you and asks, “Are you a drop
of water or a gem?”
- How are the two stories in this chapter
related to your moral strength in the Garden?