As for our second theme, the value of wisdom and love within the human heart, Nazrul states in “I Sing of Equality:” Open your heart- within you lie all the scriptures All the wisdom of the ages. Within you lie all the religions, all the prophets Your heart is the universal temple Of all of the gods and goddesses. He also speaks of the importance of love, in the poem “Coming to this World for the Poor, the Downtrodden, the Destitute, Hazrat” Today there is no one to think about human suffering and needs The rich Muslims are constantly immersed in pleasures and luxury… When will we regain our humanity By loving fellow human beings? Such love is part of religion, as he says in “Eid Mobarak:” Says Islam, we are all for one another We are all brothers and shall Share joy and sorrow equally. This is not only for members of one religion, but for all people of all religions, as Nazrul states in “There Smiles the Eid-ul-Azha Moon”: Forget your sectarian quarrels today Welcome all as your dear guests. Let kind words and sincere love Be your most precious offerings to your guests. Love is part of God’s blessings, as he states in “Bless us oh Lord”: Let others love us and let us love others. Let there be no hatred or malice or physical pain or mental agony. Let the earth be another paradise oh Lord. We will explore you in the light of the knowledge your have given Your strength will aid our work. On the issue of our third theme, compassion for human suffering, Nazrul is especially articulate. In his poem “Coolies and Laborers,” he speaks of sharing pain: And if one human being is hurt, then Let each of us of the whole humanity feel the pain equally. If one human being is humilated, then Let it be considered humiliation of the whole humanity. He speaks of the pain of poverty, starvation, insult, illness and death. He says in “The Rebel:” I’m the madness of the recluse I’m the sigh of grief of a widow I’m the anguish of the dejected I’m the suffering of the homeless I’m the pain of the humiliated I’m the afflicted heart of the lovesick. In the “Nobility of Sorrow” (or Life Science) he states: To feel the pain of others is to realize the nobility of sorrow. There is no motive or selfishness in it. The pain is such that it is felt through the remembrance of one’s own pain. So amazing is the way of the soul that in the empathic realization of the pain of others there is an intimately felt touch of joy, like a refreshing long stream of a fountain flowing through the heart of a red stone. It is the same kind of sorrow which the prophets felt through the hearts of global humanity… it is the same realization which elevates human beings to godliness.
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