Today is the anniversary of birthday, of Rabindranath Tagore, poet-philosopher and many more talents to quote.
My eyes moist and heart fills with pride when, I sing and listen to Indian National Anthem.
My humble salutation.
Music To Heart and Soul
Some days I sit long hours glaring into the computer screen. I know what I want to write. But, the words simply refuse to come and thoughts vanish into oblivion.
Here I am in one such boundless moment where, the mind is behaving meditative and I sense an absolute blankness.
However, somewhere deep within, I hear one of my favourite Rabindrasangeet play. “Aaguner parashmoni chhnoao praane E jibon punnyo karo……….” The lines literally mean “purify my soul”. And blessed I feel.
I do not remember the ‘first time’ when I got to listen to this song. But I do remember the ‘every time’ when I listen to this song, I’m overwhelmed with emotions.
The lines written in Bengali with its in-depth meaning, spoke the universal language. It touched my heart deeply.
It is then that I picked up an English translation of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali (Song Offerings), a collection of poems.
To me, the precious creation is an honest heart’s journey of life in communion with the Almighty, and the spiritual connection in every simple thing that makes them the most extraordinary beings in life.
This year marks Gurudev’s (as he is fondly called) 154 Birth Anniversary (May 7, 1861). His creative endeavours are still refreshing.
To quote one of my dearest friends from West Bengal, “Meaning changes with each passing phase of life….That’s the magic of Gitanjali.” “That’s the magic of Rabindrasangeet too,” I added.
Little wonder, my mind plays his music therapeutically. And I write, the words from my heart.
Originally published, May 7, 2014