Tagore: The Mystic Poet Series
"A Short Introduction to Tagore's
Mysticism," pgs. 11-13.
Tagore’s spiritual vision is embodied in all of his
work--novels, plays, and paintings--but especially in his
had the ability to speak to people of many backgrounds
and spiritualities in simple ways. His verse is
not difficult to understand or to enter into. However,
all of his writing is, as he himself put it, filled “with
the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts
and manifested in the life of today” (Sadhana,
p. vii). There is a great deal of meaning behind some of
his simple phrasings of love, devotion, and struggle for
inner-seeking spirituality of India infused all of Tagore’s
wrote in many genres of the deep religious milieu of Hinduism.
This passage from his novel The Home and the World,
for instance, offers a domesticated version of the devotion
so common in the spiritual feelings and actions of the
know, from my childhood’s experience, how devotion
is beauty itself, in its inner aspect. When my mother
arranged the different fruits, carefully peeled by
her own loving hands, on the white stone plate, and
gently waved her fan to drive away the flies while
my father sat down to his meals, her service would
lose itself in a beauty which passed beyond outward
forms. Even in my infancy I could feel its power. It
transcended all debates, or doubts, or calculations:
it was pure music.
values and core beliefs of the Hindu scriptures permeated
his work. These
core beliefs include:
universe in which we live is a partial manifestation
of the Infinite Spirit
· There is no hard and fast line between nature and humankind or between
humankind and God. Evil and suffering are not absolute realities, but are only
the temporary expedients of the evolving Spirit.
· The Absolute Spirit is all ineffable joy and love.
· True knowledge is that which perceives the unity of all things in God.
· The emancipation of humankind consists in our absolute self-surrender
in service and love.
The Mystic Poets, preface by Swami Adiswarananda
(Woodstock, Vermont: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2004)
with permission of Skylight
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