The very first non- European to win Nobel Prize award in the year 1913 for Literature, Rabindranath Tagore was born today, i.e. 7th May. On the occasion of his birth anniversary, here are some benevolent quotes by Gurudev for you…
I Traveled the Old Road
“I traveled the old road every day, I took my fruits to the market,
my cattle to the meadows, I ferried my boat across the stream and
all the ways were well known to me.
One morning my basket was heavy with wares. Men were busy in
the fields, the pastures crowded with cattle; the breast of earth
heaved with the mirth of ripening rice.
Suddenly there was a tremor in the air, and the sky seemed to
kiss me on my forehead. My mind started up like the morning out of
I forgot to follow the track. I stepped a few paces from the
path, and my familiar world appeared strange to me, like a flower
I had only known in bud.
My everyday wisdom was ashamed. I went astray in the fairyland
of things. It was the best luck of my life that I lost my path that
morning, and found my eternal childhood.”
“Where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.”
“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”
“The mind of the child is always on the alert, restless and eager to receive firsthand knowledge from mother nature. Children should be surrounded with the things of nature which have their own educational value. Their minds should be allowed to stumble upon and surprised at everything that happens in today’s life”
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
“It sometimes strikes me how immensely fortunate I am that each day should take its place in my life, either reddened with the rising and setting sun, or refreshingly cool with deep, dark clouds, or blooming like a white flower in the moonlight. What untold wealth!”
“Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence?
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds. Open your doors and look abroad.”
“The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.”
Rabindranath Tagore loved to travel, rather that was a family trait that was transformed to him. Tagore also had his siblings who were artist, painters, writers themselves. His first book got published under his real name when he was merely sixteen years and his work is appreciated still almost everywhere around the globe.
Tagore wrote poetry which is the most appreciated along with dramas, novels and short stories. A series called “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” has been made by the EPIC channel which very beautifully brings the imaginary tales to life. You can also watch them on NETFLIX.
Here’s to pure, simple and beautiful literature that keeps us all sane through tough times…