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

Chapter 68

Sarosh


By Khurram Ali Shafique

Our brain is divided into two hemispheres. The right hemisphere, which controls the left side of the body, normally specializes in responding to novel situations and expressions of intense emotions. The left hemisphere, which controls the right side of the body, categorizes information and specializes in everyday, routine behavior.

Presently, a beautiful apparition appears in the next valley of the Moon. Its hair is parted into two long tresses that reach down to the small of its back, as if symbolizing the two hemispheres of the brain. Drunken without wine, the apparition is chanting a melody.

The Music of Sarosh

The music of the strange apparition lends brilliance to mountains and foothills. “This silver portrait of beauty was born in God’s mind,” says Rumi. “Its name is Sarosh and it ranks with Gabriel.”

The Poetry of Sarosh

1

I fear that you are rowing your ship in a mirage;
Born within a veil, you die within a veil.

2

When I washed the medicine of Razi from my eyes
I saw the destinies of nations hidden in the Book.

3

Twist over field and garden, mountain and desert,
For a lightning twisting upon itself dies within the cloud.

4

I dwelt awhile in Europe and sought but seldom found
Someone whose modes may be uncountable.

5

That intimacy doesn’t come without the pain of acquisition,
Draw the garden into yourself, O you who are ‘like scent in the rose’!

6

I concede, O pious literalist, that the ego is mortal,
But you do not see the storm surging in a bubble.

7

This delightful melody comes not from the minstrel’s plucking,
A houri exiled from heaven is weeping within the lute.
The song has turned out to be comprising of seven couplets.

DISCUSS

  • Do the seven couplets of the song of Sarosh correspond to the stages of your journey?
  • Can there be a connection between Vishvamitra and Sarosh?

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The angel who inspires poets appears before Rumi and Iqbal, and sings a ghazal.
Persian text