Monday, July 27, 2009

SOIS Session Summary 25/7

"The Republic of Rumi", Part five, comprised upon nine questions. 1. Thought, 2. Knowledge, 3. Union; which can be branched into Contingent (Dependant) and Necessary, 4. Eternal and separate (Known and Knower) 5. Self, 6. Selflessness, 7. Completion, 8.I am Creative Truth, 9. Awareness. First stage of Second cycle starts from 8th question i.e. Inquiry, which will lead to a "Discovery" of truth (second stage).

In Iqbal literature, one will not find a permanent dichotomy between thought and intuition. This is a major difference from Ghazali as well as Kant. Here, we also stayed and talked about two models "linear" and "Cyclical" .These stages contain no hierarchy pattern. The stages in a journey are a modes or approaches to understand different complexities and problems of life. It's about variable understanding rather than higher or lower levels.

Knowledge and information are two opposite figures. But, Western philosophy has merged it together. In East, knowledge is a peak of inner potential of human being and information is an external source of orientation.

Iqbal's khudi can be described into three forms; individual ego, collective ego and Ultimate ego. The individual ego is actually a hurdle in a way of Collective ego. Recognition of (individual's) ego will help one to be merged with Collective otherwise it's quite impossible to follow it. Collective ego is more than consciousness. It's Destiny itself. It can not make mistake.

The description of Museum is an idea extracted from Zabuur e Ajam; Ghulami Nama , "Bondage & Slavery". Music hall comprised upon lifeless songs emitting from walls of hall.

In this regard, one thing came into our minds that, Despair is of two types; one is productive and other one is Unproductive. Productive grief releases out New Person from inside while Unproductive pain evades self consciousness.

The next session will resume discussion from 4th question i.e. Eternal & Separate.

Iqbal Academy of Pakistan is offering a series of weekly workshops about the basic ideas of Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal and related subjects. Participation is free, but due to limited space, please register yourself in advance and be there in time (seats will be given on a “first come first” basis).

Resource Person:
Khurram Ali Shafique, author of The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality

Venue: Teachers’ Development Center, Karachi.

Timings (for all workshops): 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Contact for further information:
Dr. Hena Jawaid

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