Dec 04 2015
Ever in my life have I sought thee with my songs (from Gitanjali)
by Rabindranath Tagore
English version by Rabindranath Tagore
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
/ Image by Jomina /
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…
The world is feeling its traumas this week. Two new mass shootings in the US, and the devastating flood in Chennai, India, among other heartbreaking events. Behind the suffering of all of these events are broken politics and social entrenchment.
What is the good of art, or poetry, or spirituality itself, when action toward social change is required? Whenever we seek change, that change must always be in service to a vision. Artists and spiritual seekers are the visionaries in society. Without our poets and prophets, change just becomes a blind game of power politics. A society that doesn’t honor its artists and spiritual visionaries lacks illumination and direction. Poetry, art, and spiritual exploration are absolutely essential in the positive evolution of society.
So read a poem. Meditate. Pray. Then figure out what is to be done.
And have a beautiful day!
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