The quote from sir Muhammad Iqbal that I have chosen as a “short description” (whatever that is supposed to mean) for my blogs is as follows (and naturally, you can see it in the upper right corner:
“When Life gathers strength from the Self, The river of Life expands into an ocean.”
The quote is more to my liking as time passes — it captures a truth, I would say. It has also made me determined to read the Asrar-i-Khudi (the book where this is from) as soon as I can.
How I even happened upon Iqbal? A character in a book that I read last year, ‘The White Tiger’ named Iqbal as one of the greatest Muslim poets of all time (truthfully, he named Iqbal as one of the three great ones with the others being Rumi and a third that he could not remember). I thought it worthwhile to confirm this recommendation and read both Rumi and Iqbal — this far, I’ve just managed to skim over a few pages of both, but they have seemed beautiful.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest.