We now have an insight into how Khayyam views the universe and the creation. We now will learn about his philosophy of how one can best deal with the world and live life to its fullest- how to leave this elusive world without much regret.
He reminds us here to cherish every joyful moment of our lives since “the caravan of life” passes us by way too quickly:
Rubaiyat (Quatrain Poem) in Farsi (in my handwriting), followed by Fitzgerald’s rendering and a literal translation. The illustration is by Hossein Behzad.
One Moment in Annihilation’s Waste,
One moment, of the Well of Life to taste–
The Stars are setting, and the Caravan
Starts for the dawn of Nothing–Oh, make haste!
The caravan of life shall always pass
Beware that is fresh as sweet young grass
Let’s not worry about what tomorrow will amass
Fill my cup again, this night will pass, alas.
Read Slowly, Reflect Deeply, Enjoy Immensely
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