|The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality|
The Brotherhood of the Tavern
By Khurram Ali Shafique
Ameer Khusrau, the legendary poet-musician sent by an Indian king to placate the anger of Bu Ali Qalandar, was a disciple of the great Sufi master Nizamuddin Auliya. He is buried in the vicinity of his master’s tomb in Delhi and so is the later poet Mirza Ghalib. A friend, who shall later publish an account of Rumi’s visitation to Iqbal, is the present grand master of this circle.
Iqbal visits the tomb of Auliya and asks him to pray for him. “Pray that no heart may be hurt by the nib of my pen and my own heart remains free of malice against anyone in the whole world.” Then he leaves for Europe for higher education.
The Inconstant Lover
Has the trip to Europe provided him with some missing links in understanding Joseph so that he is now overwhelmed at his discovery? He might have been the greatest living poet of his language and well-acquainted with seven more but the secret he wanted to share had no name in any language of the world.
By March 1907, the Poet was ready to say everything but the secret he wanted to share had no name in any language of the world.