The Garden died on the appearance of Khizr and was
reborn in ‘The Dawn of Islam’. Since that resurrection,
it has become an inside-out world where invisibles can be seen.
Hence you are now standing in a zone different from the one through
which you entered. Is it possible that the Garden shall die again
and be reborn to reveal other zones?
At least the five sets of poems in the second chamber
seem to be describing five different zones in the Garden.
Zone 1 (Poems 1-15)
A new human being enters the Garden and is observed
by the heavenly bodies, which are eager to see how the newcomer
unravels the mysteries. Iqbal receives dewdrops from the skies
and sprinkles them on the grass. He does not fear any more crusades
between Christianity and Islam but suspects a new hazard lurking
behind the scenes: greed is putting together a new show of imperialism.
He warns you that whatever you see is real, so you better wake
Zone 2 (Poems 16-30)
Now angels are looking at you with the same eagerness
as was shown by the moon and the stars in the previous zone.
Zone 3 (Poems 31-45)
The road appears to be lost in darkness until Iqbal
makes a new path by splitting open the sky.
Zone 4 (Poems 46-60)
Reason, heart and vision seek separate rewards for
themselves while the road is paved with thorns, travelers are
barefoot and believers have become intoxicated with the wine of
Zone 5 (Poems 61-75)
Rulers pass away like leaves of grass, songbirds
leave the Garden and neither Kabah nor the idol house is there
anymore. It seems as if the world has come to a stop. The Poet
bows down before himself.