DP Daily Prompt: Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
Have you ever become obsessed with something? Tell us about something that captivates your attention like nothing else.
Ever since I started taking online course of the great Philosopher and Poet Iqbal my heart and soul is captivated by his poetry and his philosophical outlook on God and Man .
In one of his poem’s he says: Man must heighten his self hood to such an extent so that before formulating the destiny of man, God would ask ,”What would you rather be.”
Secondly he says,: Rest is all but impossible in this workplace of nature.Change alone is changeless in this world.”He says in another poem “The disintegrating river bank said: Though long have I lived , Alas I have not discovered who I am. An ecstatic wave rippled past swiftly and said: I am if I move :If I move not I die.”Because a ripple cannot exist unless it moves . This is the secret of existence.
Again he says , one should continue to have longing for development. He thinks it is not enough to achieve something.Do not rest on your laurels he says; be restless! He encourages us to constantly yearn and desire.He says,”I would not exchange my Man’s station for all the splendors of Godhead.”
I would rather be Man than become God, he says , some might say he was a heretic.He thinks God is perfection, to him perfection has no potential for growth. Therefore it stagnates, perfection cannot develop anymore. So I would not like to be God, I would like to remain as a man.
About the theme of constant battle and self-testing he says: Life is to make a pearl from your own inner oyster.”
On the attack on color or race he says : “We are born of this garden, and stem from a single branch,we are nurtured by the same Springtide’s bounty.– the same spring for all flowers of all colors.”
I truly believe if we as human beings overlooked our differences and worked with what is similar in us, we can build a safe and happy planet for us and our future generations. This thought has captivated my mind ever since I started the online courses.
Thank you for this passionate post about Iqbal. I share your enthusiasm for he and his philosophy.
All good wishes,
Thank you Robert.
Wonderfully expressed and Iqbal has so much to offer that we can go on narrating it according to our own inspirations, references and perceptions.
Thank you Akhtar bhai for your kind comment.
Thank you very much for sharing this 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to read it.
They sound inspiring. I like his outlook on life.
His writing is inspiring.Thank you for your comment,Leslie.
A wonderful post Ranu. Is there anyone who can read Iqbal and not change their lives?
Yes anyone who reads him is his fan for life,just as I am.I love the course.