Old Man of the Desert
The Poet is nowhere to be seen. Mir Nijat Naqshband,
or the Old Man of the Desert, appears instead.
Spme precepts for Indian Muslims
A gentleman is running to and fro, learning the
subtleties of academic wisdom. He receives the fruits and flowers
of knowledge but discovers that they are fake – a mirage
of perfume, just like paper roses. He turns to the gatekeepers
of the citadel of Islam but they are placing idols of alien thought
The gentleman reaches for the heavenly tree and
starts building a new garden. That garden is where you are standing
now, and the gentleman is the Old Man of the Desert.
“Since I am acquainted with the harmony of Life,
I will tell you the secret of Life,” he says to you. “Sink
into yourself like the pearl, then emerge from your inward solitude.
Collect sparks beneath the ashes, become a flame and dazzle the
- Do you think that Mir Nijat Naqshband,
or the Old Man of the Desert, could be Iqbal himself in
disguise? Why would Iqbal use this identity?
- Part 1 of this book started with meeting Iqbal as “the
Poet” and has now ended on meeting “the Old
Man of the Desert”. What does this signify?
- Upon entering the Garden you were advised, though indirectly,
to suspend all previous knowledge. Does this chapter show
Here the reader discovers that the Garden is interactive for a reason.