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WINE OF THE MYSTIC: THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM~ A Spiritual Interpretation.: Yogananda, ... WINE OF THE MYSTIC: THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM~ A Spiritual Interpretation.: Yogananda, ...

WINE OF THE MYSTIC: THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM~ A Spiritual Interpretation.

Yogananda, Paramahansa

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ISBN 10: 087612225X / ISBN 13: 9780876122259
Published by LA CA. 1994. Self~Realization Fellowship., 1994
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reddish brown & gilt decorative faux leather "leatherette" cloth hardbound 4to ~ 4º (quarto). large book. dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. fine cond. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. old bookshop inkstamp on front flyleaf, otherwise contents free of all markings. dustwrapper in near fine cond. bit of rubbing & couple of tiny tears along the top edge. not price clipped. nice clean copy. no library markings, bookplates, no names, underlining, remainder markings etc ~ first edition so stated. first printing ( nap). ~ decorative endpapers. glossy full color frontis portrait of yogananda. decorative title pg. xxii+225p. glossy pages throughout. decorative page borders. addenda. bio of yogananda. original persian calligraphy of quatrains in full color with english translation & commentary. 47 full color full page glossy plates. english translation of quatrains printed again at rear without commentary. poetry. mysticism. yoga. sufism. medieval persia. medieval poetry. ~ The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyarn as translated by Edward FitzGerald has long been one of the most beloved poems in the English language. In an illuminating new interpretation, Paramahansa Yogananda reveals ~ behind the enigmatic veil of metaphor ~ the mystical essence of this literary classic. Commonly thought to be a celebration of wine and other earthly pleasures, these lyrical Persian quatrains find their true voice when read as a hymn to the transcendent joys of Spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda, renowned for his Autobiography of a Yogi and other writings and widely revered as one of India's great modern~day saints, presents an original and inspired commentary on the poem, bringing to light the deeper truth and beauty beneath its graceful imagery. "Profound spiritual treatises by some mysterious divine law do not disappear from the earth even after centuries of misunderstanding, as in the case of the Rubaiyat . . . Because of the hidden spiritual foundation of the Rubaiyat, it has withstood the ravages of time and the misinterpretations of many translators, remaining a perpetual mansion of wisdom for truth~loving and solace~seeking souls . As I worked on the spiritual interpretation of the Rubaiyat, it took me into an endless labyrinth. of truth . 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. " ~ Paramahansa Yogananda, from the Introduction. Paramahansa Yogananda's spiritual interpretation of the Rubaiyat was originally published serially by Self~Realization Fellowship more than fifty years ago in the magazine now known as Self~Realization. An expanded version of that work ~ with additional material that had not been included in the earlier serialization ~ appeared in the magazine some years later. This illustrated edition of Wine of the Mystic introduces for the first time in book form the complete commentaries of Paramahansa Yogananda on an enduring treasure of world literature. Bookseller Inventory # 5211302

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Title: WINE OF THE MYSTIC: THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR ...

Publisher: LA CA. 1994. Self~Realization Fellowship.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam as translated by Edward FitzGerald has long been one of the most beloved, and least understood, poems in the English language. In an illuminating new interpretation, Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, reveals the mystical essence of this enigmatic masterpiece, bringing to light the deeper truth and beauty behind its veil of metaphor. Commonly thought to be a celebration of wine and other worldly pleasures, these lyrical Persian quatrains find their true voice when read as a hymn to the transcendent joys of Spirit.

This beautifully illustrated edition of Wine of the Mystic introduces for the first time in book form Paramahansa Yogananda's complete commentaries on an enduring treasure of world literature. Yogananda said: "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 admired the beauty of the previously invisible castle of inner wisdom in the Rubaiyat. I have felt that this dream-castle of truth, which can be seen by any penetrating eye, would be a haven for many shelter-seeking souls invaded by enemy armies of ignorance. Profound spiritual treatises by some mysterious divine law do not disappear from the earth even after centuries of misunderstanding, as in the case of the Rubaiyat. Not even in Persia is all of Omar Khayyam's deep philosophy understood in its entirety, as I have tried to present it."

Winner of the 1995 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Book in the Field of Religion, this edition features 50 beautiful original color illustrations and includes Persian text and spiritual commentary to each quatrain.

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Born in India on January 5, 1893, Paramahansa Yogananda devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the true beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit. After graduating from Calcutta University in 1915, Sri Yogananda took formal vows as a monk of India's venerable monastic Swami Order. Two years later, he began his life's work with the founding of a how-to-live school since grown to twenty-one educational institutions throughout India where traditional academic subjects were offered together with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals. In 1920, he was invited to serve as India's delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston. His address to the Congress and subsequent lectures on the East Coast were enthusiastically received, and in 1924 he embarked on a cross-continental speaking tour. Over the next three decades, Paramahansa Yogananda contributed in far-reaching ways to a greater awareness and appreciation in the West of the spiritual wisdom of the East. In Los Angeles, he established an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship, the nonsectarian religious society he had founded in 1920. Through his writings, extensive lecture tours, and the creation of Self-Realization Fellowship temples and meditation centers, he introduced hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers to the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its universally applicable methods of meditation. Today, the spiritual and humanitarian work begun by Paramahansa Yogananda continues under the direction of Sri Mrinalni Mata, one of his closest disciples and president of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India since 2011. In addition to publishing his writings, lectures and informal talks (including a comprehensive series of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for home study), the society also oversees temples, retreats, and centers around the world.

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