Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Where the Mind is without fear

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                       Where the Mind is without fear








Where the Mind is Without Fear

[This poem is an earnest prayer to God where the poet prays to God to bless his motherland with that awakening freedom which may drive away all fear, divisions among men, curbs
on knowledge and truth. He wants that God may bless his countrymen with reason, desire for perfection and a freedom from dogma and inertia.]
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
[Rabindranath Tagore was born in 1861 in an aristocratic family of Bengal. Tagore had no formal education, yet he was a genius. In 1912, when he sailed to England, he translated
some of his poems and plays for his English friends. The collection was published under the title of ‘The Gitanjali’ with an introduction by Yeats and won Tagore the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tagore is the most versatile genius. He wrote poetry, drama, novel, short stories, essays and literary criticism. He was an actor, an educationist and a social reformer. He is revered by every Indian.]


Glossary:

fragments – parts

tireless – having great energy

striving – making great efforts

perfection – completion

dreary – dull