(101) Ever in my life have I sought thee with my songs (from Gitanjali)

by Rabindranath Tagore

English version by Rabindranath Tagore
Original Language Bengali

Ever in my life have I sought thee with my songs. It was they who led me from door to door, and with them have I felt about me, searching and touching my world.
     It was my songs that taught me all the lessons I ever learnt; they showed me secret paths, they brought before my sight many a star on the horizon of my heart.
     They guided me all the day long to the mysteries of the country of pleasure and pain, and, at last, to what palace gate have they brought me in the evening at the end of my journey?

-- from Gitanjali, by Rabindranath Tagore

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

I don't know that there's much commentary to add to this wonderful verse from Tagore's Gitanjali. It suggests to me that poetry, the singing of songs, is a rich spiritual pathway in itself. The heightened observation, the dance of words, the flow of meaning behind the words, the flow of breath, the rhythm of the heart, and the soft silence beneath it all... We are carried door to door, guided to the mysteries, and, at last, to the palace gate...

Have a beautiful day!

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101) Ever in my