Threshold - Rabindranath Tagore

R Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941). He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial
language into Bengali literature. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West.
He is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of the modern Indian subcontinent.


A Semi-Spiritual Funeral Reading

I was not aware of the moment when I first crossed the threshold of this life.
What was the power that made me open out into this vast mystery like a bud in the forest at midnight!
When in the morning I looked upon the light I felt in a moment that I was no stranger in this world, that the inscrutable without name and form had taken me in its arms in the form of my own mother.
Even so, in death the same unknown will appear as ever known to me.
And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well.
The child cries out when from the right breast the mother takes it away, in the very next moment to find in the left one its consolation.




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