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

Chapter 54

Finding Joseph


By Khurram Ali Shafique

Images about the Day of Judgment, destiny and a heart that combines tranquility with agitation are allegories that inform you that meanings that cannot be acquired in halves are naturally derived when all opposites are placed in their original symmetry – like incidents in the story of Khizr and their interpretations, or principles and their physical equivalents in the Parliament House of Spiritual Democracy. The fourth corridor shows you all this but nothing more. This is Joseph.

Just as the lion leaping out of the desert was not an actual beast, Joseph was not to be a person. Joseph is the experience that has brought you to the present point where invisible principles can be seen and the internal structure of the Garden is laid bare.

Explaining it earlier would have required analogies of the outside world whereas Joseph is an understanding of the working of the Garden by analogy to one’s own self. That requires the self to go through certain stages and thus Joseph becomes an experience that cannot be told. It is a mystery that would remain a puzzle even if the end were to be given away at the beginning.

The present stage in your journey will end at finding a good reason why you should continue the journey even after finding Joseph. This much is suggested by the last poem of the fourth set, which says, “The world is still a necessity for me…”

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The last three sets of poems in the First Chamber anticipate the remaining stages of the reader’s journey till the end of the Garden.
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