A Short Note on the Measure of Spirituality from Muhammad Iqbal and Rumi

Muhammad Iqbal, the South Asian Muslim philosopher and poet, gives an excellent insight into the nature of spirituality in his poem Pīr-i-Rumī wa Mūrīd-i-Hindī, where he puts questions to the famed Sufi poet Rumi, and then picks answers for these questions from the master’s great work, the Mathnavī. In the section I want to look at, Iqbal writes:

My lofty thoughts reach up to the heavens;
But on earth I am humiliated, frustrated, and agonized.
I am unable to manage the affairs of this world,
And I constantly…