Gitanjali | Rabindranath Tagore | The Classic That Belongs To Every Bengali - get it from WBRi Book Store if you don't have it !
Gitanjali is an important collection of prose by
Rabindranath Tagore, being a key Indian poet, author and of course
Nobel Peace Prize winner. Individuals who are intestered in eastern
poetry should embrace this book as it was written with eastern
philosophy in mind. Tagore has long been known as an important author
of works related to eastern philosophical beliefs, and has written an
excellent collection of poetry which is featured in this publication. V. Ganesan (Kilauea, HI) writes: "If
there is only one Indian poetry book you are able to read, it should be
Tagore's Gitanjali. It is a delightful book. Originally, Tagore wrote
it in Bengali, and then translated it to English. I'm glad he did that.
The world is able to enjoy his poems. He was awarded the Nobel prize
for literature, for this book.
These poems are the essence of the Indian culture. They reflect the soul of India. They are highly philosophical and yet simple as the rain clouds, summer rain, stars, shy bride and the parched land, which he describes. They are soothing, soft and gentle. One does not have to be a Hindu to enjoy this book. Tagore's God is formless and above religions. To him, God is mother, father, king, lover and friend. Indian poets like Subramania Bharathi have also portrayed God in such forms.
"He is there where the tiller is tilling the hard ground and the path maker is breaking stones"
"Life of my life, I shall every try to keep my body pure, knowing that they living touch is upon all my limbs"
"My desires are many and my cry is pitiful, but ever didst thou save me by hard refusals"
"I had my invitation to the world's festival, and thus my life has been blessed. My eyes have seen and my ears have heard"
"Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might"
"In this playhouse of infinite forms, I have had my play and here have I caught sight of him that is formless"
"The flowers have been woven and the garland is ready for the bridegroom. After the wedding the bride will leave her home and meet her lord alone in the solitude of night"
The beauty is endless. Every line is a gem. This is a book which will change your life forever. "