Sometimes words are not enough to express someone who was world famous as a genius, who captivated senses with his numerous masterpieces, won hearts of billions and left an everlasting influence to feel inspired. Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore widely revered as the World Poet was the one who could never be described in a single sentence. With his silent words he could prove how strong they could ever be to inspire a nation to move ahead to achieve its goal. There are many ways to describe Kabiguru- a nationalist, a man free from narrow-mindedness, a passionate lover of mankind, an ardent devotee, a generous human being and a pioneer who innovated and implemented new thoughts for the entire nation. Rabindranath was the one who had ground-breaking thoughts in his mind and he expressed all his emotions through his writings. No matter what the situation was but he truly inspired the nation to move forward strongly to achieve freedom from the chain of British rule. His writings could inspire an individual and an entire nation with the ceaseless combustion of the soul.
Kabiguru experienced lots of unbearable pain in his entire life right from his childhood. In every phase and he could strongly realize that changes would come and in spite of pain and grief one should move on in life by accepting such transformations. His philosophy towards life was extraordinary that made him only one of its kind. He accepted life with all its challenges and inspired a move within.
We may discuss about some momentous incidents of his life:
It was next to impossible to achieve the most revered award for literature during the British rule in India but the mastermind could make it possible and he made his nation proud with his immortal creation ‘Gitanjali’- Song Offerings:
“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.”
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When Tagore met Gandhi (1915)
Rabindranath Tagore was deeply touched with the persona of Mahatma Gandhi and he bestowed him with the title ‘Mahatma’ that stands for – a Great soul in the year 1915 when the two dynamic personalities met for the first time in Shantiniketan. In return Gandhiji also provided him another title - Gurudev that he was famously known as. They had different point of views but still they shared great admiration for each other which played a crucial role for the future of India. It was a glorious chapter in the history of modern India.
The friendship between a world famous scientist and a world famous poet itself was a legendary thing. The two greats shared a great bonding with each other. Achraya Bose said “I came into intimate contact with him, and became infected with his vigorous hopefulness. On the other hand Rabindranath explained that he was curious about science and its discoveries and his curiosity was always appreciated by his friend Acharaya Jagadish Chandra Bose. Tagore himself said: “I remember often having been assured by my friend that I only lacked the opportunity of training to be a scientist but not the temperament.”
He was the only poet to crated national anthem for two countries –India and Bangladesh. Tagore wrote a poem ' Amar Sonar Bangla' to protest against the Partition of Bengal in 1905. That partition divided the Hindus and Muslims of Bengal. Later on in 1971 when Bangladesh achieved freedom from Pakistan’ rule they adopted ‘Amar Sonar Bangla' as their national anthem. Tagore wrote 'Jana Gana Mana' which was first composed as 'Bharat Bhagyo Bidhata' in 1911. 'Jana Gana Mana' was adopted as the National Anthem of India in 1950 first at Calcutta session of INC.
Proficient author Buddhadeva Bose described Tagore saying : “The point is not that his writings run into a hundred thousand pages of print, covering every form and aspect of literature, though this matters: he is a source, a waterfall, flowing out in a hundred streams, a hundred rhythms, incessantly.”
Let us find the inspiration forever with one of his best ever creations that will remain with us unremittingly:
“If they pay no heed to your call walk on your own.
Walk alone, walk alone, walk alone, walk all alone.
If none speaks, o wretched one,
If all turn their face away and cower in silence—
Then open out your heart
Dear one, speak out your mind, voice alone.
If everyone spurns, o wretched one
If all leave you in the lurch in wilderness
Then trample the trail of thorns
With your blood stained feet alone, on your own.
If no one holds up a light, o wretched one
And bolts the doors in dark, stormy night
Then in the lightning fire of pain
Kindle your own heart and keep it burning bright alone.”