|The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality|
Revisiting the Past
By Khurram Ali Shafique
It is possible to break up your journey into seven stages:
1. Stage 1 started with meeting Iqbal as the Poet in the Garden and led you to the Old Man of the Desert.
2. Stage 2 started with recognizing your connection with Shams of Tabriz and led to recognition of a connection with the Quran.
3. Stage 3 started with Goethe and ended on Shakespeare.
4. Stage 4 started with Khizr and this is where you
are now. Joseph is to be found here.
The first three sets of poems in the First Chamber offer allegories about the stages the reader has passed through in the Garden.