Tagore : Because I Love This Life

Saturday, August 26, 2006

When I was born and saw the light
I was no stranger in this world
Something inscrutable, shapeless, and without words
Appeared in the form of my mother.

So when I die, the same unknown will appear again
As ever known to me,
And because I love this life
I will love death as well.

“First Light”  – Rabindranath Tagore
As translated in ”On The Shores Of Eternity” by Deepak Chopra

Tagore : New Birth

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The night kissed the fading day
With a whisper.
“I am death, your mother,
From me you will get new birth.”

“A Kiss”  – Rabindranath Tagore
As translated in ”On The Shores Of Eternity” by Deepak Chopra

Tagore : The Unknown Palace

Saturday, August 12, 2006

My songs did it all.
They made me seek you from door to door
And with them I felt my way
Searching and touching this world.

They taught me all the lessons I ever learned
They showed me secret paths
And faint stars on the horizon of my heart.

Every day they took me into the mysteries of pleasure and pain
Until they got me here
In the evening of my journey
To the gates of the unknown palace.

“Troubadour”  – Rabindranath Tagore
As translated in ”On The Shores Of Eternity” by Deepak Chopra

Tagore : This Time I Won’t Struggle

Saturday, August 5, 2006

This time I won’t struggle.
When the moment comes,
I will let him take the helm
In an instant the thing will be done
It was vain to fight it.

So take away your hands
And put up with this defeat, my heart.
Sit perfectly still where He tells you to
And count it good fortune.
Stop running around so desperately
To protect your little lamp from the wind.
Can’t you remember after all this time ?
We have to be wise and wait in the dark
Spreading out cushions on the floor
So that whenever He pleases
My Lord will sit with us.

“Acceptance” – Rabindranath Tagore
As translated in ”On The Shores Of Eternity” by Deepak Chopra

Tagore : Rain Cloud In July

Monday, July 31, 2006

I bow to you, my God, just one bow
And suddenly my senses expand
Touching every corner
Of the world at your feet.

My head falls low
Like a rain cloud in July about to burst
My songs gather into one rushing stream
That flows into a sea of silence.
My whole life makes its way back like homesick cranes
Flying night and day to reach their mountain nests.

In one bow to Thee.

“Salutation” – Rabindranath Tagore
As translated in “On The Shores Of Eternity” by Deepak Chopra

Tagore : The Hollow Reed

Saturday, July 29, 2006

You empty this frail vessel over and over
Then fill it with fresh life again.
You carry me like a hollow reed over hill and dale
Eternally breathing new melodies through me.
At the immortal touch of your hand
My little heart loses itself in joy.

Still you pour into me, and still there is room to fill.

“Living The Infinite”  – Rabindranath Tagore
As translated in “On The Shores Of Eternity” by Deepak Chopra

Tagore : Eternal Silence

Thursday, July 6, 2006

I heard the sea and asked
“What language is that ?”
The sea replied,
“The language of eternal questions.”

I saw the sky and asked,
“What holds the answer ?”
The sky replied,
“The language of eternal silence.”

“The Answer” – Rabindranath Tagore
As translated in “On The Shores Of Eternity” by Deepak Chopra