Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursdays With Tagore is back!


Of all the things I've missed about blogging, what I've missed the most, is sharing Gurudev's poems with fellow bloggers. I don't know about you, but I've always thought of Thursdays with Tagore as a sort of poetry club where people from across the world read, feel, enjoy, reflect and think of the great man's poems. Tagore loved the idea of making the East merge with the West and exchange thoughts and ideas ( Santiniketan was based on that idea) and I'm happy we're doing the same in our own little online way :)

Enough of me rambling. I'll let Tagore speak. From the Gitanjali:

Thy gifts to us mortals fulfill all our needs and yet run back to thee undiminished.
The river has its everyday work to do and hastens through fields and hamlets; yet its incessant stream winds towards the washing of thy feet.
The flower sweetens the air with its perfume; yet its last service is to offer itself to thee.
Thy worship does not impoverish the world.
From the words of the poet men take what meanings please them; yet their last meaning points to thee.

This is beautiful as ever. The metaphors - of the river, the flower, and the interpretation of the poet's words - bring the poem to life and make it simple, yet rich with meaning. I love how short yet evocative this poem is. What do you think?

AlyceVaishnaviPriya ParmarPriya IyerSukoWhitneyJoAnnThe Book Mole and all others who've dropped by to spend Thursdays with Tagore, hope you'll be back again and have a lovely time :)

9 comments:

Joanne said...

Beautiful words!

I just finished reading Deanna Raybourn's latest book, Dark Road to Darjeeling, and she used a quote from Rabindranath Tagore's poetry for each chapter intro. It was a lovely touch!

Alyce said...

Yay! I'm so happy to see that Thursdays with Tagore is back! What a beautiful poem - both in meaning and imagery.

Vaishnavi said...

Hey! I really missed Thursdays with Tagore too! This was so beautiful; it's faith at its best isn't it. Just a simple offering to God of the self. Beautiful choice Kals! :)

JoAnn said...

Lovely!! I'm happy to see Thursdays with Tagore is back :-)

Kals said...

JoAnne - I've been hearing a lot about that book and the Tagore touch to it makes me want to read it :)Glad you liked this poem!

Alyce - I'm delighted to get back to posting too :)

Vaishnavi - Absolutely! Tagore makes God seem like someone who is Mighty yet very accessible. Thanks :)

JoAnn - Thank you and it's lovely to see you liked this poem too :)

Priya Iyer said...

Lovely words, as usual :)
Thanks for linking to my blog! :)

Veens said...

Awesome..I love the last line the best..so true!
Beautiful!

Priya Parmar said...

yipee! so happy you have decided to spend thursdays with tagore again! how wonderful!

Kals said...

Priya Iyer - No problem :)

Veens - That line is my favourite bit too! :)

Priya Parmar - Thanks and it is lovely to have you back to spend Thursdays with Tagore and us too =)

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