Rabindranath Tagore

Disclaimer: I have nothing against Indians though I may seem to be speaking in general terms. One of my brothers-in-law is an Indian national from Bangalore. I look up to him not just a professional individual but as a person with  a great compassion and profound spirit.

For four months, I have been in a workplace where there are more Indians than any other nationalities. I didn’t like them much because they were too serious at work whilst, in fact, they were not producing good results. I hate their smell and I don’t find humour in their superflous remarks.

While I was browsing the fb posts yesterday, one video caught my attention. It was entitled “Unending love.” I kept watching related posts only to find out it was almost 1am, which means that I had to go to bed immediately for I had to go to work the following morning.  I realised that i was wasting much time watching videos so I decided to search for plain texts so I could read more. First I read some information about the author, Rabindranath Tagore, and I was surprised to know that he is from India and the first non-Western widely acclaimed author and artist in the world. Confirming the fact that he is an Indian is of no surprise because I am aware that India has one of the richest cultures and heritage.

I found the following lines from BrainyQuotes meaningful on my part:

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.

Age considers; youth ventures.

Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.

Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it.

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.

Facts are many, but the truth is one.

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest.

Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.

He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out.

In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.

Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.

Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.

Love is not a mere impulse, it must contain truth, which is law.

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.

Music fills the infinite between two souls.

Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.

The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself.

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.

The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.

Those who own much have much to fear.

To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth.

Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.

We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.

We live in the world when we love it.

What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God’s dust is greater than your idol.

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