"I honour the place in you
where the entire universe resides.
I honor the place in you
of love, of light, of truth, of peace.
I honour the place within you, where,
if you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
there is only one of us."
The time that my journey takes is long and the way of it long.
I came out on the chariot of the first gleam of light,
and pursued my voyage through the wildernesses of worlds
leaving my track on many a star and planet.
It is the most distant course that comes nearest to thyself,
and that training is the most intricate which leads
to the utter simplicity of a tune.
The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own,
and one has to wander through all the outer worlds
to reach the innermost shrine at the end.
My eyes strayed far and wide before I shut them and said `Here art thou!'
The question and the cry `Oh, where?' melt into tears of a thousand
streams and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance `I am!'
"Oh my slender beauty,
You, whom even the snakes
Could not frighten on the way,
Now tremble at the mere touch of my arm.
The thunder of the clouds
Could not shake you,
And yet the sound
Of my words of love
Makes you turn.
What am I to do?"
MOONS AND MOONS
There is the one and only moon
And then the moon
That haloes the crown of Siva.
There are people with the name "Moon".
I saw one moon in the sky
But there were three with you.
That exquisite sight of the night
Confused my heart.
Who could believe
That there are moons and moons,
Held in a single place?
Which is the moon of the stars
And which the moon among girls,
And which moon shines
On the feathers of night birds?
One moon plays with Madhava
And another in the sky.
WHERE SHADOW CHASES LIGHT
This is my delight,
thus to wait and watch at the wayside
where shadow chases light
and the rain comes in the wake of the summer.
Messengers, with tidings from unknown skies,
greet me and speed along the road.
My heart is glad within,
and the breath of the passing breeze is sweet.
From dawn till dusk I sit here before my door,
and I know that of a sudden
the happy moment will arrive when I shall see.
In the meanwhile I smile and I sing all alone.
In the meanwhile the air is filling with the perfume of promise.
I know not from what distant time
thou art ever coming nearer to meet me.
Thy sun and stars can never keep thee hidden from me for aye.
In many a morning and eve thy footsteps have been heard
and thy messenger has come within my heart and called me in secret.
I know not only why today my life is all astir,
and a feeling of tremulous joy is passing through my heart.
It is as if the time were come to wind up my work,
and I feel in the air a faint smell of thy sweet presence.
SMILES AND LAUGHTER
And black kokilas sing...
King of the seasons,
Spring has come
And wild with longing
The bee goes to his love.
Bird's flight in the air
Smile face to face...
Krishna has entered
The great forest.
Deliverance is not for me in renunciation.
I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight.
Thou ever pourest for me the fresh draught of thy wine of various
colours and fragrance, filling this earthen vessel to the brim.
My world will light its hundred different lamps with thy flame
and place them before the altar of thy temple.
No, I will never shut the doors of my senses.
The delights of sight and hearing and touch will bear thy delight.
Yes, all my illusions will burn into illumination of joy,
and all my desires ripen into fruits of love.
I thought that my voyage had come to its end
at the last limit of my power,---that the path before me was closed,
that provisions were exhausted
and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity.
But I find that thy will knows no end in me.
And when old words die out on the tongue,
new melodies break forth from the heart;
and where the old tracks are lost,
new country is revealed with its wonders.
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Above Tagore Poems are from : "Gitanjali"
For more of Tagore's writings: Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore was an early supporter of the "School of Wisdom".
Founded in the 1920's in Vienna, Austria, its mission was to promote understanding and
reconciliation of all spiritual and wisdom traditions of the world. Besides Tagore, teachers included Carl Jung, Richard Wilhelm, and Hermann Hesse.
Click here for a summary: "Laws of Wisdom"
"Smiles and Laughter" and "Moons and Moons" are from "Love Songs of Vidyapati",
a great Indian poet of the late 14. Century
For texts from world religions: Sacred Text Archives