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

Chapter 48

Phoenix


By Khurram Ali Shafique

In The Message of the East, Iqbal mentioned that Nature was building in the depths of life a new type of human being and a new world for them to live in. That world might be coming into being now, according to Khizr.

“Samandar needs its own ashes in order to regenerate,” he goes on to say. “Today you will see an age-beaten world born again after dying. See how strategies fail in the face of destiny!”

Samandar is the equivalent of Phoenix in Arab folklore. It is an insect that burns itself every 500 years and is reborn from the ashes. According to Khizr, a similar thing is going to happen before the night ends.

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The East is reborn as an inside-out world where the invisible principles can be seen directly. The reader arrives at the spot where Joseph has been kept.
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