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Muhammad Iqbal

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The history of man
throughout East and West
is a tale of wars,
battles, revolts, for ‘land’;
one bride there is, and
we are all her husbands,
that enchantress is
without all and with all withal.
Her blandishments are
nothing but guile and trickery,
she belongs neither to
you nor to me either.
These stones and rocks
have nothing in common with you;
they are the stuff of
stillness, you are on a journey.
How can the sleeper and
the wakeful mix together?
What has the planet to
do with the fixed star?
God has called the
earth simply our ‘enjoyment’,
this valueless
‘enjoyment’ is gratis, gratis.
You landowner, take a
wise hint from me:
take from the land your
food and grave, but take it not.
How long will its
company last? You are, it is not;
you are a living being,
it is a lifeless show.
You are an eagle,
therefore get you about the skies,
open your wings and
pinions, rise clear of the earth.
‘The Earth is the
Lord’s’: the inward meaning is plain,
and he who sees not
this plain is an infidel.
I do not say, desert
utterly dwelling and lane;
this world of colour
and scent is your empery—
grain by grain gather
the jewels from its soil,
falcon-like seize your
prey out of its skies,
smite your axe against
its mountain-ranges,
take light from your
self and set it all afire.
Have nothing to do with
the ancient ways of Azar
but hew out a new world
to your own desire!
Yield not your heart to
colour and scent, dwelling and lane;
the heart is His
sanctuary, yield it only to Him.
Death without
substance, without tomb and winding-sheet
is to lose oneself in
riches, children, wife;
but he who has the
words ‘One God’ by heart
can lose within himself
a world entire.
What is the poverty of
hunger, dancing, nakedness?
Poverty is true
kingship; what is monkery?

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