Where the Mind is without Fear – Tagore

Hello everybody! Happy New Year!!

This is my first post this year. I would like to begin it with something optimistic. If you saunter by my blog you will see that I have some love of poetry.

Let me begin this year with a good poem from Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali peripatetic polymath who is the first non-European to get a Nobel prize. He earned and enjoyed a lot of respect in Victorian Era, and thus meet a lot of dignitaries such as Albert Einstein, W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, Thomas Mann, Jawaharlal Nehru, and even Gandhi himself! A person ahead of his time, if I may add.

Without more chatter, here’s one of his poem which I guess good enough to captureĀ optimistic and utopic spirit which I, and everybody ought to strive this year:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

-Rabindranath Tagore, Where the Mind is without Fear


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