“We can achieve immortality, but only as an ever-growing ego”
According to Iqbal, one must try to heighten his/her ego to a height where even God would ask, What kind of destiny do you want? ( “In Urdu, khudi ko ker buland itna ke har taqdeer se pehle, khuda bande ko poochhe bata teri raza kia hai,” Iqbal ).
The question is how and what are the steps to achieve that goal?
Iqbal says, ‘All things are given to self-display, without the desire to self revelation life is death.’
Change is necessary, rest is impossible in this workplace of nature. Anything or anyone that doesn’t move dies, this is the secret of existence.
According to Iqbal it is never enough to achieve something and live on his/her laurels. He says, life is to make a pearl from your inner oyster. Do not borrow it from outside, take it from your inside.
If I wanted to achieve an ever-growing ego, I must avoid distraction. It leads my mind in a state of stagnation.
I bring myself to reality by reading Iqbal’s thoughts. It tells me to achieve immortality, I must have an ever-growing ego.
One cannot hope for perfection, for it has no growth. It belongs to God only. We humans must concentrate on our ever-growing ego. Perfection has no place for mankind for it has no potential for growth. I’d rather remain as a human.
Iqbal ends by saying, ‘I have no desire for a sojourn, for I die if I rest.’
I was impressed by Iqbal’s Quote, where he says, : heighten your ego to a height, where even God himself would ask you, what kind of destiny do you want.’
It was the beginning of my search for Iqbal. It’s how I joined the online course and am still fascinated by this poet and philosopher.