Mohamed Iqbal or Sir Muhammad Iqbal, aka Allama Iqbal
Iqbal or Sir Muhammad Iqbal, aka Allama Iqbal
Indian Muslim Poet, Lawyer and Philosopher
Divine life is in touch with the whole universe on the analogy of the soul's contact with the body.
The soul is neither inside nor outside the body; neither proximate to nor separate from it.
I have never considered myself a poet. I have no interest in poetic artistry.
The standpoint of the man who relies on religious experience for capturing Reality must always remain individual and incommunicable.
I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.
The thought of a limit to perceptual space and time staggers the mind.
If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.
The truth is that the religious and the scientific processes, though involving different methods, are identical in their final aim. Both aim at reaching the most real.
In the first period religious life appears as a form of discipline which the individual or a whole people must accept as an unconditional command without any rational understanding of the ultimate meaning and purpose of that command.
The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.
Inductive reason, which alone makes man master of his environment, is an achievement; and when once born it must be reinforced by inhibiting the growth of other modes of knowledge.
The ultimate purpose of religious life is to make this evolution move in a direction far more important to the destiny of the ego than the moral health of the social fabric which forms his present environment.
It is true that we are made of dust. And the world is also made of dust. But the dust has motes rising.
The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing if the crow brings him to the cemetery.
It may, however, be said that the level of experience to which concepts are inapplicable cannot yield any knowledge of a universal character, for concepts alone are capable of being socialized.
Thou art not for the earth, nor for the Heaven the world is for thee, thou art not for the world.
Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.
Though the terror of the sea gives to none security, in the secret of the shell. Self-preserving we may dwell.
Physiologically less violent and psychologically more suitable to a concrete type of mind.
Thus passing through the infinite varieties of space we reach the Divine space which is absolutely free from all dimensions and constitutes the meeting point of all infinities.
Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego's evolution.
Why hast thou made me born in this country, the inhabitant of which is satisfied with being a slave?
Since love first made the breast an instrument Of fierce lamenting, by its flame my heart Was molten to a mirror, like a rose I pluck my breast apart, that I may hang This mirror in your sight.
Yet higher religion, which is only a search for a larger life, is essentially experience and recognized the necessity of experience as its foundation long before science learnt to do so.
That is why, according to this newer psychology, Christianity has already fulfilled its biological mission, and it is impossible for the modern man to understand its original significance.