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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
I went for an early evening walk last night. The moon is growing full, hovering just above the treetops...
In this quatrain, Khayyam speaks of the moon that does not wane--
Ah, Moon of my Delight who know'st no wane
The state of mystical realization reveals itself as a shining light, as a luminescence permeating the still field of the mind. There is a sense of light from an undefined "above," silence, a fullness of vitality, and deep rest. This is the light of enlightenment.
Sacred poets throughout the world often use the metaphor of the full moon in the night sky to describe this. The full moon is the soft light that illumines the land below when all is at rest.
And Khayyam's moon is a moon of "Delight" -- the supreme contentment and bliss that permeates us in that eternal moment of awakening.
Khayyam also has the enigmatic line suggesting that this moon can't find him--
How oft hereafter rising shall she look
Through this same Garden after me -- in vain!
This is a playful reference to how the sense that the individual self -- the little self or the ego -- disappears in the light of illumination. The moon rises, it shines, but there is no "you" to be found within that light.
Spend a quiet moment in the moonlight tonight. See if you're still there when you're done. :-)
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