|The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality|
By Khurram Ali Shafique
More than halfway through the forest of the Marching Bell is the tomb of Iqbal’s mother.
The earthly part of him born of a mother is going to rest at her tomb. A new self, acquired through Rumi, will live on because the very next poem coincides with the beginning of Secrets and Mysteries.
The Ray of Hope
This is how the prelude of Secrets and Mysteries started. It was daybreak when you entered the Garden and Iqbal’s tears had beautified Nature. His mother’s tomb is the spot where the uphill track of his personal journey leads back into the Garden of Poetry.
You have covered Iqbal’s personal journey and are now in the Garden again. A meadow nearby is surrounded by guideposts from the past: little poems about sages, prophets and poets of the past. “I have heard that this place is ruled by the Flower Princess whose very footprints could turn a desert green,” a dewdrop says to a bud. “Please take me to her sometime.”
The bud replies, “You cannot come, since your nature is given to falling down and our Princess is of an exalted status. Still, you may reach her by becoming a tear in the eye of someone who has suffered, for she turns such tears into pearls by looking at them.”
The music of spheres is heard and the evening star declares that dawn itself bows down to the night on which the Prophet journeyed to heavens and came back.
The tomb of the Poet’s mother marks the point where the extended track of his personal discoveries leads back into the Garden.