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….here begins an adventure such as you have never undertaken before …
Enter the world of Omar Khayyam with Paramhansa Yogananda as your guide
In Khayyam’s Rubaiyat Paramhansa Yogananda discovered a deeper, hitherto unknown dimension of inexhaustible spiritual inspiration. To the sincere seeker each one of these 75 quatrains offers new insights into the mysteries of karma, life, death, meditation and divine joy.
The book was gifted to Yogananda in 1933, by a student. That edition was printed with a single stanza placed at the top of each page, leaving the remainder entirely blank. Yogananda began to write beneath each quatrain. His full rendition of the inner significance of the entire poem began to appear in succeeding issues of East –West, the spiritual magazine that he himself had started.
In 1994 Swami Kriyananda, Yogananda’s direct disciple, edited these articles and published the full commentary in a book under the title The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, edited by Swami Kriyananda.
In this two hour webinar we will explore some of these quatrains and allow them to connect us with our own soul nature. Surely Omar Khayyam and Paramhansa Yogananda will plant seeds in our hearts that will grow, in their own best time, into beautiful plants of Self realization: for such is the power of this poetry …
Topics of the webinar include:
- A short history of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat
- understanding the dream nature of this world
- the law of karma and how it works
- man’s priorities sung in poetry
- music and poetry
- divine ecstasy and a balanced life…
Delay me no longer as I seek the Beloved. Tomorrow I may depart this body forcibly, my atoms strewn among a past of countless forms. Intoxicate me –yes, even today –with divine devotion.
Date: January 30
Time: 6.00-8.00 pm
Darshan Jan Lotichius has practiced meditation since 1981. In 1985 he met Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of the great master Paramhansa Yogananda and founder of Ananda communities in America, Italy and India. Since then he has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and the Kriya yoga path. He holds a degree from the University of Amsterdam and Rome, and has a diploma in violin from the Conservatory of Bari, Italy. Darshan has always sought ways to integrate meditation into all areas of life: professional, artistic, social, personal.
In 2000, Swami Kriyananda made him a Minister of Ananda Sanga, the international movement that offers Yogananda’s teachings to all seekers. Darshan organizes seminars both in Europe and in America, and currently resides in the Ananda community in Assisi, where he teaches in the Annanda guest retreat.