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Friday, May 21, 2010

That tinkling fearless heart....

This post was inspired from a comment given by nkr4068, on my post called "Remembering Tagore". Indeed, this poem of the Nobel laureate did influence me a lot, when I was to small to understand the ways of the world. My grandfather would recite it to me, amidst our evening talks.A girl merely four years of age, could understand nothing, but surely could feel a strange power gushing into her veins. Later on, I would connect these lines with the "concept of Utopia", and openly brush it all under the carpet. Nevertheless I can not deny my spirit and likewise many other spirits who live life by saddling on the back of Hope.

For those who want to read the poem:

Here are the lines for you-

Where The Mind Is Without Fear
by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,
Where knowledge is free,
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls,
Where words come out from the depth of truth,
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection,
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action -
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.


Being Me said...

This is powerful, thank you for sharing.


Lazy Pineapple said...

I have read this poem is so inspiring.

His words evoke a passion in you....brilliant.

Sayak Shome said...

I love this poem, the Bengali version even more.

Nalini Hebbar said...

It is a poem that inspired the freedom struggle...dead habit being the habit of being subdued by the it

nkr4068 said...

Inspired by my comment? i was surprised to see such a search result in google, and that's what led me to this blog now. But needless to say, the above poem by Tagore is the one and only poem, that i know by heart, and the one that shall stay in my mind for ever.

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