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  1. A fresh translation. But where Khayyam expressed lapses of bewilderment, Rumi was able to attain higher points of revelry. And that revelry, we find the highest calling.

  2. Khayyam (or whoever wrote this)knew. So did the Irish astronomer William Rowan Hamilton, the British mathematician William Kingdon Clifford and the Persian reformer Mansur Al-Hallaj.

  3. Q: Knew what?
    Revelry is great, but one can still be bewildered in the interstices. It’s a possibly productive state. I find gardening to be a good thing to do until I figure it out. Instead of running roughshod over people in order to buy a more pretentious car than your neighbour, cultivate your garden. The flowers and trees are satisfied with forming their bodies into things of beauty, to be admired by other creatures.

    • Revelry is the decoy. The bewilderment that: “is it me or is it not me?” was not the question, but the answer. Bewilderment is a term in mystic language, as in the sixth valley in the Attar’s conference of the birds. As existence came from nothingness, then nothing is in the way. Mentioning Hamilton and Clifford was to say that this is not an Eastern thing. They knew and they were bewildered by this bewilderment.

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