Monday, April 5, 2010

Leave this Chanting – Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a freedom fighter, social reformer and the composer of national anthems for India and Bangladesh. He won noble prize for literature in 1913.
In this poem, Leave this chanting; Tagore wants the religious minded to go beyond the four walls of their shrines to where god really exists with the farm worker and the construction labourer. In the first paragraph the poet says one should leave this chanting, singing, and telling of beads. He questions the religious people that who do you worship in this dark corner of a temple? Open your eyes and see God is not there before you.
One can see God where the tiller is tilling the hard ground and the pathmaker is breaking stones. The poet says that one can see God in sun and shower where the tiller and the pathmaker is and come down to the dusty soil.
The poet then questions what is deliverance? And where can we find it? God is the creator and master of everything. God has created this world joyfully and is attached with us, then why people are meditating and chanting? They think that when one is doing chanting he is very real to God and he can achieve everything.
But according to the poet one can find God not in the temple but with the workers who are working whole day in the dirt and under the hot sun. He asks us what harm is there if you work under the sun and if your clothes become dirt. Even when your clothes are turn out or stained there is no harm because one is going to see the creator. Thus the poet says there is no harm in meeting God in such circumstances because the creator is there in these places.

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Bhaskar Chakravorti said...

I am going to recite this amazing poem in public tonight. Thank you Gurudev

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