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Leave This Chanting

My two friends Indian Homemaker and Vidya Sury with their recent posts stirred my memory to recall of one of my favorite Tagore poems.

Leave this chanting and singing and telling of beads!
Whom dost thou worship in this lonely dark corner of a temple with doors all shut?
Open thine eyes and see thy God is not before thee!

He is there where the tiller is tilling the hard ground
and where the pathmaker is breaking stones.
He is with them in sun and in shower,
and his garment is covered with dust.
Put off thy holy mantle and even like him come down on the dusty soil!

Where is this deliverance to be found?
Our master himself has joyfully taken upon him the bonds of creation;
he is bound with us all for ever.

Come out of thy meditations and leave aside thy flowers and incense!
What harm is there if thy clothes become tattered and stained?
Meet him and stand by him in toil and in sweat of thy brow.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

Read Vidya Sury’s – We, the Living
and Indian Home Maker’s – Narayana! Narayana!

One Comment

  1. Indian Home Maker Indian Home Maker January 21, 2009

    Hey those are my thoughts!!!! Lovely words and make us see why they are so great. …when we think, we really think we always find they have already said what we are just discovering.Thanks for sharing Corinne 🙂

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