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Wine of the Mystic: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: A Spiritual Interpretation

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In this text, Yogananda re-interprets the spiritual message of the beloved Rubaiyat.
Paperback, 226 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers (first published June 1st 1994)
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Emily Henke
Mar 21, 2013 Emily Henke rated it it was amazing
I have just started reading this book and so far love it! A new friend, actually a couple of them, suggested, "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" to me and I tried a couple versions of the book. The first edition printings were the ones I liked best, which are used in this book as well. I feel this book is helping me understand it a whole lot more since the Persian sayings didn't really make sense and thought they were people, which it turns out they were not in most cases. I also like how it talks a ...more
I bought a first edition of “Wine of the Mystic” because it’s such a beautiful book. With numerous stunning full-page color reproductions of paintings, gold scrollwork around every page, heavy paper stock, it’s an aesthetically pleasing experience to read it. The subject is Paramahamsa Yogananda’s spiritual interpretation of the first FitzGerald translation of Omar Khayyam’s poem “The Rubaiyat.” Khayyam was an 11th century Sufi, living in Persia. Much of the poem is about wine, which Yogananda s ...more
Jul 23, 2009 an rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Membaca bait” itu memang menarik, tapi melihat telaah na... ntar dulu. Puisi itu bebas diapresiasi ’n pemaknaan na tserah pembaca, cz makna or kesan yg ditangkan bukanlah nilai paten.
Namun dg ada na telaah tsb rhe jd spt diarahkan utk melihat, menilai makna 75 bait itu spt yg dikatakan penelaah ma editor na. Serasa g punya kebebasan dalam memaknai sesuatu. Seakan didoktrin bahwa bait itu mo ngomong seperti ini. Jadi mengganggu kesan puisi itu sendiri.
Toh... klo tu penulis mo ngomongin yoga, buat
Christian Herrera
Sep 16, 2014 Christian Herrera rated it it was amazing
Beautiful interpretations of a poem that isn't known very well. The illustrations are profoundly intriguing!

Paramahansa Yogananda did a great job in interpreting this long poem. This is both an adults and children's book. Children will enjoy the book as well as adults. I'm an adult and I was like a child intrigued by the pictures. Not many books bring the youthful side out of me. This make the book 5 star worthy.

Spirituality shines in this piece. Recommend to everyone! And I hardly recommend b
Neil Baesel
May 27, 2013 Neil Baesel rated it it was amazing
I can already tell this will be one of the best books I will ever read! The famous collection of quatrains, "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam" as interpreted by the 20th century Indian mystic Yogananda. A winner of the Benjamin Franklin Book Award, this edition features each verse of the Rubaiyat followed by a short "riff" by Yogananda that unpacks/explains it. It really brings this ancient classic to life, and each section features wonderful full color artwork as well. Really, really good.
Ramesh Vyaghrapuri
The book makes a lot more sense for those familiar with the Indian schools of philosophy. An atheist would find some of the arguments tenuous at best but anyone interested in Eastern philosophy will likely enjoy the clever connections made.
Ivan Granger
Jun 02, 2012 Ivan Granger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, muslim-sufi
A 20th century Indian Yogi commenting on the spiritual meaning of an 11th century Persian Sufi’s poetry. That combination yields both perfume and controversy — but plenty to contemplate. Lovely artwork and border scrollwork. And Fitzgerald’s delightful translation of this classic. Recommended.
Jul 22, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Anne Beers
Explains different perceptions by eastern and western readers of this wonderful classic.
Jan 31, 2015 Yesenia rated it it was amazing
These poems celebrate life and tis little pleisures. Just beautiful.
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Feb 06, 2013 Dakshina Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book. Truly amazing.
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One for my bed time read - superb book
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Arabic:عمر الخيام Persian:عمر خیام
Kurdish: عومەر خەییام

Omar Khayyám was a Persian polymath, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, physician, and poet. He wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, and music. His significance as a philosopher and teacher, and his few remaining philosophical works, have not received the same attention as his scientific and poetic writings. Zamakhshari referred to
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