Sunday, April 25, 2010

Inspiration from Tagore's Gitanjali

Here is a great poem from Rabindranath Tagore's noble prize winner Gitanjali. It is said that though God has created us and has everything, he/she wants us to freely give our love to him/her. This poem is a great inspiration depicting an important spiritual principle.


I had gone a-begging from door to door in the village path, when they golden chariot appeared in the distance like a gorgeous dream and I wondered who was this king of all kings!
My hopes rose high and methought of my evil days were at an end, and I stood waiting for alms to be given unasked and for wealth scattered on all sides in the dust.
The chariot stopped where I stood. Thy glance fell on me and thou camest down with a smile. I felt that the luck of my life had come at last. Then of a sudden thou didst hold out thy right hand and say 'What hast thou to give to me?'
Ah, What a kingly jest was it to open thy palm to a beggar to beg! I was confused and stood undecided, and then from my wallet I slowly took out the least little grain of corn and gave it to thee.
But how great my surprise when at the day's end I emptied my bag on the floor to find a least little gram of gold among the poor heap. I bitterly wept and wished that I had had the heart to give thee my all.
Stanza 50 from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore