SANITY and MADNESS.

25 Sep

To have the beginning of a great story, we need to have a character we’re completely and utterly obsessed with. Without obsession, to the point of a maddening addiction, there’s no point to continue. Copycat from the history we have the current sole point to discuss is regarding contradictional theory of the subject matter. In a couplet from the poetry of our great mystic poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai it is said: “O God let me not intellectual be, intellectual ones’ sorrows see, loved one did favour to me when I was simpleton. Karl Marks once said he was astonished to know how such a great deal of Greek wisdom came to appear at one place at the same period. “No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.” -“No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.” Aristotle. At the age of 20, Nietzsche stopped his theological studies and lost his faith. He wrote a letter to his sister that ended with a sentence, if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire. Nietzsche’s disbelief and subsequent mental breakdown and death. Khalil Gibran an artist poet and writer, much of Gibran’s writings deal with the topic of spiritual love. But his mysticism is a convergence of several different influences : Christianity, Islam, Sufism, Hinduism and theosophy. He wrote : “You are my brother and I love you. I love you when you prostrate yourself in your mosque, and kneel in your church and pray in your synagogue. You and I are sons of one faith – the Spirit. When Khalil Gibran became ill he refused for further treatment. He says he have found both freedom and safety in his madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. Gibran expresses this Nietzschean triumph of self-discovery, even in pain and sorrow, in the magnificent selection titled “Defeat” Defeat, my Defeat, my solitude and my aloofness; You are dearer to me than a thousand triumphs, And sweeter to my heart than all world-glory. Defeat, my Defeat, my self-knowledge and my defiance. Van Gogh was a painter of nature whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. He was used to keep on watching sun for hours and ultimately became blind. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died at the age of 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted. Allama I I Qazi was a scholar and philosopher of international repute. He is considered to be a founder of the University of Sindh at its present location at Jamshoro. He was a prolific writer, Many wrtings in different disciplines are attributed to him. Allama Kazi regularly delivered Friday prayer sermons in Karachi. Amongst his listeners were students, renowned scholars and civil servants. Incidentally, Abul Kalam Azad also attended some of his sermons. Towards his end Allama Kazi expressed his sentiments thus: “When you have no need of life you will go smiling out saying like Jami, Hafez and other great poets that I have known that my home was not here. I am going home where I shall live. I am a bird of some other world thrown in this cage. The sooner I go out the better. They have all said that when we have done our task, why need we be here?” Like Ghazali he wrote few slips about his death in advance. It is narrated by Ghazzali’s brother Ahmad: at the time of the dawn prayer my brother Abu Hamid Ghazali made his ablution, prayed, then said: ‘Bring me my shroud.’ He took it, kissed it and put it on his eyes, saying: ‘We hear and obey in readiness to enter the King’s presence.’ Then he stretched his legs, facing the Qibla, and died before sunrise. Humor of Watayo of Sindh, Mulla Nasaruddin of Turkey, Shaikh Chilly of India and recent characters of Mr. Bean’s parodies are well known and familiar to people due to their humorous articulations. Watayo is also famous due to his thought provoking anecdotes. Simpleton people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn’t understood. All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art. by : Aijazz Jamali

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