'Time is a Cutting
The Garden is interacting with you,
obviously long after Iqbal died in his world. This has been highlighted
through his appearance as the Old Man of the Desert, especially
the initial parts of the chapter where you didn’t know that
he was Iqbal himself, and may have presumed him to be gone.
“Time is a cutting sword,”
says Imam Shafii, a leading Muslim legist of the medieval times.
“By imagining Time as a line,
you have sown the seed of darkness in the clay,” Iqbal explains.
“O you, who are enthralled by yesterday and tomorrow, behold
another world in your own heart!”
Do not vilify Time
Iqbal quotes one of the most intriguing
sayings attributed to the Prophet: “Do not vilify time,
for God says, ‘I am Time.’”
“A slave is lost in the magic
of days and nights but Time with all its expansion is lost in
the heart of a free person,” Iqbal explains. “Oh,
dive deep into your heart!”
These words are beyond sound and discussion,
for the musical instrument of Time has its own silent tunes.
- If the Garden is still functioning as
an interactive device, does it mean that Iqbal overcame
the limitations of Time?
- Is that why “Time” is an indicator to the
mystery of Joseph?
- How does this chapter address these questions?
- “Behold another world in your own heart!”
Could this be the Garden where you are at the moment?
This is a unique interpretation of Time, one of the five clues for finding Joseph.