Review of the zaat as a concept in presence of worldly desires – One of the most intense dialogues form the promo of Shehr e zaat is when Falak screams in frustrating pain asking, “Now that I urge for self, why I don’t get it! In order to understand the meaning of this dialogue, you need to see it in written form. What do you see in the end of sentence? A question mark or exclamation mark. If you view it with an exclamation mark it would mean as follow:
It is a state of mind, where the person saying it already knows the answer. In Falak’s case, she knows that she had been making fun of an idea, whose meaning she learned late. The idea was self (zaat) versus body (wajood). The materialism, the love for things and physical outlook is body; while love for humans, understanding of ideas, nature and spiritualism is zaat. The drama shows that she tries to find the zaat via religion but still does not succeed. The reason is that she is using religion to achieve a goal and objective and still does not actually understand the concept of zaat. Demanding zaat is an absurd concept. It cannot be granted by demanding. Rather you have to free your inside from the desires of someone falling in love with you. Infact, you have to love everything just the way it is.
Many people in our society are first unaware of spiritual concepts. But those who do find them turn pessimist which is completely the wrong path. Pessimism is never part of spiritualism. I am using the term pessimism for using religion to achieve an objective, doing things which you denied first and doing the to prove something to yourself that see I have changed now, now I deserve it and then waiting for it. Many are unaware that the wait can be as long as the last breath of life. May be the last breath of life would grant you the zaat
Have you ever come across the naked man on a ziyarat or a man dancing insane? Have you ever wondered who they are? Many believe that they are mad. But it’s not that. They are people who are actually working to get the zaat of their beloved one. (Beloved one for them is not an individual man but is a set of ideas congregated in utmost spiritual dialogue.) They make themselves look crazy; they take all the curses and abuses of the society in a proud way. They are not insane but are the one who actually have awakened their inner eye. They are living the test of zaat. To them the worlds, the people, the curses, the stones thrown at them by children do not matter anymore. Nothing can break their concentration because their journey to find the zaat is not limited to a person or designation. Their journey is to see things which our eyes cannot see.
Can you recall the promo of shehr e zaat, where the old man tells Falak that he has made heaven from wet mud and she laughs that how can heaven come on earth? This is not joke but many people do actually see heaven on earth and do reach the levels of inner awakening that they are granted to even design it with their own hands. They are architects of heaven. No doubt that heaven’s design is the result of human mind.
Written by: Ambreen Kazmi