The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained

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Author: Paramhansa Yoganda
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 354
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120817109


Unavailable in book form since its first penning nearly sixty years ago, this rendering is available at last.

Omar Khayyam's famous poem, The Rubaiyat, is loved by Westerners as a hymn of praise to sensual delights. In the East, his quatrains enjoy a very different reputation: They are known as a deep allegory of the soul's romance with God. Even there, however, the knowing is based on who and what Omar Khayyam was: a sage and mystic. As for what his quatrains actually mean, most of them have remained a mystery in the East as much as in the West.

Now after eight centuries, Parmahansa Yogananda, one of the great mystics of our times, a master of yoga and the author of the now classic Autobiography of a Yogi explains the mystery behind Omar's famous poem. In Yogananda's introduction, he wrote:

I suddenly beheld the walls of its outer meaning crumble away. The vast inner fortress of golden spiritual treasures stood open to my gaze

This book contains the essence of that great revelation.


The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained has some of the most evocative and spiritually insightful verses I have ever read. This book will bring bliss to all those who want to drink from the cup of divine love. - Deepak Chopra, Author, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

Like the fine wines of which it speaks, the book has elegance and style, and is an educational experience. It goes far beyond the immediacy and pleasures of the book itself to concepts of understanding and love can be of great meaning to all of us. - Robert Mondavi, Robert Mondavi Winery, California

Sparkles with wisdom like the purest of Venetian crystal - Paolo Tosetto, President, Studio Italia Design, Venice, Italy

The Most enchanting reading experience I have had in a decade. - Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic

Yogananda's interpretation of the Rubaiyat is a must-read for all spiritual seekers. - Louisel Hay, Author You Can Heal Your Life

For the lover and the poet, the philosopher and the sage.. in this volume, sages from the great traditions of the Muslim and the Yogi, the East and West, have stepped together to untangle an intricate dance and explain its meanings. It helps to restore our soul. - rabbi Michael Paley, Chaplain, Columbia University

The words dance in my mind like champagne bubbles on my tongue - Michael Jones, Wine Education Director, Domaine Chandon

This is the alchemical wedding of body, mind, and spirit through the resonant swords of poetry. - Stan Madson, Owner, Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles


Swami Kriyanand (J. Donald Walters) has been a close, direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda since 1948. In 1950, Yogananda gave him the task of editing his explanation of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, a responsibility which his disciple has spent the past forty four years preparing himself. Kriyanand has himself won international recognition as a lecturer, author of some sixty books, composer of over 300musical works, and founder and spiritual director of Ananda World-Brotherhood Village.