|The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality|
By Khurram Ali Shafique
The Prophet once said, “I have a time with God to which no angel is privy.”
Prologue on Earth
The evening sky is adorned with many hues, but Iqbal is feeling sad because he is not immortal. He sings a ghazals from Rumi – the same from which Rumi quoted at the entrance of the first enclave:
The spirit of Rumi appears and addresses Iqbal:
The master’s speech evokes an epiphany in Iqbal’s soul. Heaven becomes immersed in a cloud of light that belongs neither to the East nor to the West but is rather between them. An angel descends.
The angel is Zurvan, the guardian spirit of Time and Space. One side of his face is fire, illuminated like star and adorned with a wakeful eye. The other resembles smoke, dark as night and adorned with an eye fast asleep. His wings are colorful, his temperament is like the flight of imagination and in one breath he travels between heaven and the earth, soaring in a new atmosphere every moment.
He addresses Iqbal:
The Garden begins to change – either the sight is opening on another world or this same world is taking another form. The Poet dies in his world and the thread of his life gets snapped. His soul trembles at the loss of a world but then another world blossoms out of his dust. It is a world without tumult and clamor. His body becomes nimbler, his soul more adventurous and his inward eye more wakeful. Hidden things become unveiled and thus the song of the stars reaches his ears. They are welcoming him: “Welcome to this side of the world of dimensions…”
You may notice that this is the beginning of the third zone.
Marker of the Beginning of the Third Zone
‘Prologue on Earth’ in which the spirit of Rumi invites Iqbal on a spiritual journey in search of immortality and the guardian angel of Time and Space appears.