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

By Khurram Ali Shafique

Part 4: The Highest Point


The reader finds Joseph and is now able to understand the working of the Garden through personal experience. This brings an insight into the past, present and the future. The legendary guide Khizr appears at the beginning of this stage (Chapter 46), which culminates on the Fountain of Life (Chapter 60).

Chapter
Title and Synopsis
46. Khizr

46. Khizr: The legendary guide Khizr appears before the Poet.

47. The Mysteries of Life 47. The Mysteries of Life: Khizr reveals the secrets of (a) roaming around in the desert; (b)  life; (c) the empire; (d) capital and labor; and (e) the World of Islam.
48. Phoenix 48. Phoenix: The East is reborn as an inside-out world where the invisible principles can be seen directly. The reader arrives at the spot where Joseph has been kept.
49. Spiritual Democracy 49. Spiritual Democracy: Although rooted in the message of the Quran, the Garden is a place for everyone.
50. The Temple of a New David 50. The Temple of a New David: The reader enters the fourth enclave, Persian Psalms (1927), the first two parts of which form the Temple of a New David.
51. Ideals Are the Keys 51. Ideals are the Keys: A special prayer divides the poems of the “First Chamber” of the Temple into seven sets. It becomes obvious that the journey in the Garden also comprises of seven stages and the reader is now at the fourth.
52. Revisiting the Past 52. Revisiting the Past: The first three sets of poems in the First Chamber offer allegories about the stages the reader has passed through in the Garden.
53. Joseph in the Present 53. Joseph the Present: The fourth set of poems offers allegories about the present stage of the reader’s journey and here Joseph is found. However, there might be a reason to continue the journey.
54. Fore-casting the Future 54. Forecasting the Future: 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.
55. The Seven Stages 55. The Seven Stages: The seven stages of the reader’s journey can be seen as representing a process of learning.
56. Unlocking the Mysteries 56. Unlocking the Mysteries: The reader enters the second chamber of the temple and divides the seventy-five poems of that section into five sets of fifteen poems each.
57. The Secrets of the Garden 57. The Secrets of the Garden: Five sets of poems show that the Garden is divided into five zones. The reader is now in the second but can foresee the next three as well.
58. Simorgh 58. Simorgh: The last poem in the chamber forecasts what might be expected at the end of the Garden.
59. The Five Wisdoms 59. The Five Wisdoms: The five zones of the Garden can be seen as representing “five wisdoms”, each explaining a different aspect of reality.
60. The Fountain of Life 60. The Fountain of Life: Through a deeper understanding of unity, life after death and noble deeds, the reader is offered reasons for continuing the journey even when Joseph has been found.

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The Republic of Rumi: a Novel of Reality (2007) is an interactive summary of the works of the Poet-Philosopher Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), which can be traced back to the message and purpose of Rumi. It is a voice of hopefulness and a call for bringing a positive change.