Paperback, 379 pages, ISBN: 978-81-89430-59-7, Ananda Sangha Publications.
Omar and other Sufi poets used popular similes and pictured the ordinary joys
of life so that the worldly man could compare mundane pleasures with the
superior joys experienced in the spiritual life. To the man who drinks wine in
order to forget, temporarily, the unbearable sorrows and trials of his life, Omar
off ers a delightful alternative: the nectar of divine ecstasy, which leads to divine
enlightenment, thereby obliterating human woe permanently. Surely Omar did
not go through the labor of writing so many exquisite verses merely to inspire
people to escape sorrow by drugging their senses with alcohol!
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