Omar Khayyám (May 18, 1048 – December 4, 1131) was a Persian polymath, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and poet. He also wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy, music, and Islamic theology.
The following poem by Khayyám describes his mystical experience:
There was a Door
To which I found no Key:
There was a Veil past
Which I could not see:
Some little Talk a while
Of ME and THEE.
There seemed – and then
No more of THEE and ME.
The late yogi Paramahansa Yogananda offers the following “Spiritual Interpretation” of Khayyám’s experience in Yogananda’s book, Wine of the Mystic: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:
“After I had withdrawn my consciousness and life force…I stood at the door of Infinity, unable to find the key to its mysteries, the way to complete freedom in Spirit…My soul, reaching even this high state of attainment, could not penetrate the veil of the inner light of superconsciousness…beyond which lay the…Unmanifested Beloved – the Absolute.
There was a little talk or conscious vibratory exchange between soul (me) and Spirit (Thee); and then, in deeper ecstasy, I became united with the indescribable Infinite. In that oneness with the Absolute, there remained no separate existence of my individual soul. A tiny bubble of laughter, I became the sea of mirth itself.”
Quoted from Omar Khayyám’s The Rubáiyát.
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