Women, Wine, and Omar Khayyam
There are some things in the world that transcend boundaries of nations and religions and one of them is love and company. In this compartment, two pillars are wine and women. Both are complementary to each other, but surely not because both starts with the letter W. These two pillars of mankind is common all over the world, from America to Arabia. It is to the credit of a Muslim poet who put these two pillars together in lovely poetry that enthralls all of us. But the fact is this aspect has been kept under wraps in the western world because of a puritan approach, yet women and wine do add up together and help a man reach Nirvana.
Many modern women will take offense at what Omar Khayyam implies, but when they sit before the mirror and look at themselves they will realize there is a lot of truth in this. Wine and that includes the modern drinks of whiskey and Scotch when taken in the company of a woman adds luster to life. It is the only elixir that is known in this world that makes life worth living. Many a man looks forward to having a lovely woman as a company and both share a glass of the choicest wine. As they alternatively sip from the same glass, it is a sure shot way to Nirvana and I am afraid for all his knowledge, the great Indian writer Vatsyayana (author of the Kama Sutra) missed this point.
The Essence of Khayyam's Poems
Omar Khayyam wrote a book of verse called the "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”. The Rubaiyat is considered a masterpiece and has been translated into many languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, and Urdu. The original language of the book is Farsi. Edward J. Fitzgerald holds credit for the most famous translation of the book from Farsi to English. He did the translation in 1859 and opened a treasure house of human emotions.
A sampling of his verse will show that Khayyam had the pulse of the human being in his grasp. He wrote
- Khayyam, if you are intoxicated with wine, enjoy!
- If you are seated with a lover of thine, enjoy!
- In the end, the Void the whole world employ
- Imagine thou art not, while waiting in line, enjoy!
Omar Khayyam, in essence, stated that there is nothing more enjoyable for a man than a woman in his arms with a glass of wine. This is something that will not please women libbers, which look for equality with men. But such women should not read much in this as by inference it also means that a man’s world is not complete without a woman. This is the fact of life. Ever since the tale of Adam and Eve appeared in the Bible, it is a signal that woman was just an adjunct to a man. This is the will of God. I remember something similar was stated by Swami Shraddanand in one of his sermons when he was alive. Thus Hinduism accepts the essence of the sentiments ingrained in the poetry of Omar Khayyam
Khayyam and Essence of Life
"Enjoy wine and women and don't be afraid, God has compassion".
This is a very crucial part of his belief. It is in a way un Islamic, but Khayyam stated something that is the core of human life. can anybody deny that women are not a source of joy as wine? When you add both of them Khayyam states that it is something that is the last drought on earth. If we consider it with Hindu philosophy of Tantra, it is a path to Nirvana for a man. Somebody may ask, what about the woman? I will say that by inference, a woman who partakes of this moment of the greatest pleasure will also attain Nirvana. This is the essence of Tantra.
Parama Hansa Yogananda made a illustrated interpretation of the Rubaiyat in his " Wine of Mystic." Yogananda gave a spiritual interpretation of what the Rubaiyat states. It is a mystical interpretation of Omar Khayyam. At the end of the end of the day, it must be appreciated that Omar Khayyam stated an obvious fact, that has been overlooked in religious dogma, that a woman, when added as a company to a man with wine, is one of the paths to Nirvana.