of omar khayyam

All for nothing

The less you care about anything and everything, the less you try to figure out the point of being, the less you think about the outcome and consequence of your actions and the more you be present in the moment, you’ll start to enjoy being, you’ll be the one noticing how beautiful the road to your home is, how magnificent the night is and how happy you are because absurdity couldn’t let you down, you just accept it, own it and live with it.

Rebellion against nothingness, this old curse of gods, is a brave deed and deciding to enjoy your moments doing what you really love after understanding “it’s all for nothing” is even more courageous.

Stop worrying and overthinking, start living cause it’s all for nothing.

_ thelifeisabsurd

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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Illustrated by Ronald Balfour
London Constable and Company Limited 1920 - New Edition 1930
unpaginated - 38 finely printed tipped in plates in colour and black & white, the monochrome plates very much echo the manner of Aubrey Beardsley

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The Bizarre Tamam Shud Case

On 1 December, 1948, authorities were called to Somerton Beach in Adelaide, Australia. They discovered a deceased man strewn across the sand. Inside his pocket was an unused train ticket from Adelaide to Henley Beach. As well, they discovered some personal belongings such as a comb, chewing gum, cigarettes, and matches.

The man had no identification on his person. Witnesses reported seeing a man who fit his description on the beach the previous day. He had extended his arm before limply dropping it by his side. Another witness reported seeing a well-dressed man carrying a man on his shoulders. He was believed to be between 40-45 years old. The case became known as “The Tamam Shud case” due to the bizarre note discovered in his trouser pocket which read “tamám shud” which means “ended” or “finished” in Persian.

The note was written on a torn page of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Following a public appeal, the copy in which the page was torn was located and there was a phone number and an encrypted message, which has not been deciphered to this day. The identity and the cause of death of this mysterious man remains unknown.

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“Solitude is very different from a ‘time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.”

–Henri Nouwen

“The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.”

–Omar Khayyam

I sent my Soul through the Invisible,
Some letter of that After-life to spell:
And by and by my Soul return’d to me,
And answer’d “I Myself am Heav'n and Hell:
Heav'n but the Vision of fulfill’d Desire,
And Hell the Shadow from a Soul on fire,
Cast on the Darkness into which Ourselves,
So late emerged from, shall so soon expire.
—  Omar Khayyám (عمر خیام), The Rubaiyat (trans. Edward FitzGerald)

“hello again! my last quotes post was pretty popular, so i thought this might be a good opportunity to introduce more people to the wonders of persian poetry. obviously they sound prettier in farsi, but the messages are wonderful nonetheless. i bought a few poetry collections while i was in iran in the summer so i’m just posting quotes from there, apologies if the translations aren’t perfect

hafiz

“i wish i could show you when you are lonely or in the darkness the astonishing light of your own being”

“even after all this time the sun never says to the sky, ‘you owe me’, look what happens with a love like that. it lights the whole sky”

“the words you speak build the house you live in”

“stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive”

“an awake heart is like a sky that pours light”

“you yourself are your own obstacle, rise above yourself”

rumi

“you have escaped the cage. your wings are stretched out. now fly.”

“remember the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you”

“let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love”

“why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?”

“let the beauty we love be what we do”

“the wound is the place where the light enters you”

“if all you can do is crawl, start crawling”

“being a candle is not easy: in order to give light one must burn”

“the art of knowing is knowing what to ignore”

“with life as short as a half taken breath, don’t plant anything but love”

“i am neither of the east or of the west, no boundaries exist within my chest”

“every story is us”

ferdowsi

“but all this world is like a tale we hear; men’s evil, and their glory, disappear”

“on the ant bearing the grain bring not strife, he is alive and joyous is sweet life”

“i am deathless… for i have spread the seed of the word”

sa’adi

“have patience. all things are difficult before the become easy.”

“a man is insensible to the relish of prosperity ‘til he has tasted adversity”

“if a gem falls into the mud it is still valuable”

attar of nishapur

“the sea will be the sea whatever’s the drop’s philosophy”

“he who would know the secret of both worlds, will find the secret of them both, is love”

omar khayyam

“a hair divides what is true and what is false”

“be happy for this moment. this moment is your life.”

“pass, therefore, not today in vain, for it will never come again”

“when i want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, i look back”

“a thoughtful soul to solitude retires”

“one thing at least is certain- this life flies; one thing is certain and the rest is lies; the flower that once has blown forever dies”

از دی که گذشت هیچ ازو یاد مکن
فردا که نیامده ست فریاد مکن
برنامده و گذشته بنیاد مکن
حالی خوش باش و عمر بر باد مکن


For the days passed do not mourn
For the days to come do not groan
Do not be rooted in the past or the future
Be merry now, make not your life a ruin
—  Omar Khayyam