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

Chapter 106

A New Beginning


By Khurram Ali Shafique

Winding up his lecture in the seventh hall, the Poet-Philosopher begins to speak words you have heard before but not from him.

He is saying, “Are you in the stage of life, death or death-in-life? Invoke three witnesses to verify your Station. The first witness is your own consciousness: see yourself with your own light. The second witness is the consciousness of another ego: see yourself, then, with the light of an ego other than you. The third witness is God’s consciousness: see yourself, then, with God’s light. If you stand unshaken in front of this light, consider yourself as living and eternal as He! That person alone is real who dares – dares to see God face to face.”

Rumi said this to Iqbal at the beginning of the spiritual journey of Javidnama. Now Iqbal is saying this to you. Is he inviting you to a similar journey of your own?

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Iqbal invites the reader to embark on the same journey which Iqbal undertook in Javidnama.