Delve deep into your buried Self, and find the clue to life,
If you cannot be mine then be not, but be your own;
World of soul–a world of fire, ecstacy and longing,
World of body– a world of gain, fraud and cunning;
The treasure of the spirit once gained is never lost again,
The treasure of the body is a shadow–wealth comes and goes;
In the world of soul I have found no Frankish rule,
In that world no Sheikh or Brahmin I have seen;
This saying of Qalandar* poured shame and shame on me;
When you kneel to another’s might neither body or soul is your own.
*Iqbal uses the Qalandar as a symbol for the evolved man who has realised in himself the truths of self-development.
Muhammad Iqbal 1873-1938