WINE OF THE MYSTIC, an Islamic Sufi Scripture: The Intoxication of Divine Love and Joy ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

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Wine of the Mystic – The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam A Spiritual Interpretation, SRF link


excerpts from “Introduction”

PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA:  One day as I was deeply concentrated on the pages of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, I suddenly beheld the walls of its outer meanings crumble away, and the vast inner fortress of golden spiritual treasures stood open to my gaze…Ever since…I have felt that this dream castle of truth…would be a haven for many shelter-seeking souls…

In Persia Omar Khayyam has always been considered a highly advanced mystical teacher, and his Rubaiyat revered as an inspired Sufi scripture.*

*Sufis are followers of Islamic mysticism…”that aspect of Islamic belief and practice in which Muslims seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God…”

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Omar and other Sufi poets used popular similes and pictured the ordinary joys of life so that the worldly man could compare those ordinary joys…with the superior joys of the spiritual life.  To the man who habitually drinks wine to temporarily forget the sorrows and unbearable trials of life, Omar offers a more delightful nectar of enlightenment and divine ecstasy which has the power, when used by man, to obliterate his woes for all time…

Omar distinctly states that wine symbolizes the intoxication of divine love and joy…This Divine Love is what Omar advises as a panacea for all human woes and questionings.

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As I worked on the spiritual interpretation of the Rubaiyat, it took me into an endless labyrinth of truth, until I was rapturously lost in wonderment.  The veiling of Khayyam’s metaphysical and practical philosophy in these verses reminds me of “The Revelation of St. John the Divine.”  The Rubaiyat may rightly be called the “Revelation of Omar Khayyam.”

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Wine of the Mystic by Paramahansa Yogananda – Book Reading Event

See also~

The Esoteric/Yoga Teaching Underlying all the Great Religions ~ Bro. Anandamoy

PROPHET MOHAMMED ~ Paramahansa Yogananda and Sw. Sivananda