Thursday, May 18, 2017

Khayyam Neishabouri; the poet of philosophy.

Hakim Umar Khayyam Neishabouri, the outstanding mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and the great Iranian poet, who lived during 11th century and) Seljuk dynasty), is one of the best-known Iranian characters in the world.

Writing philosophical books regarding existence, transmigration of the soul, eschatology, playing a major role in creating the Iranian calendar and writing musical and astronomical theories are some of the achievements of the great Khayyam.

Outside the world of mathematics and science, Khayyam is known for his poems called Rubaiyat (four line poems). His poems are considered as valuable literary heritage in terms of form and content. These poems beautifully and artistically reflect his genius philosophy and insight about the world and existence. Edward Fitzgerald has translated these wonderful verses in English:

Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears
Today of past Regrets and future Fears:
Tomorrow!—Why, tomorrow I may be
Myself with Yesterday’s Sev’n Thousand Years.

Khayyam passed away on 1131 and was buried in Neishabour city of Khorasan province. The mausoleum of Khayyam is a masterpiece of architecture designed by Houshang Seyhoun on 1963. Today (May 18th) is commemoration day of Khayyam, the great man who bequeathed his valuable philosophy, wisdom and art to the whole world.

Khayyam Neishabouri's mausoleum in a garden in Neishabour. Iran
The mausoleum of Khayyam Neishabouri.

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