79th Death Anniversary of Guru Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore died on 7 August 1941. Today, on his death anniversary, we are going to tell you some such quotes, messages that can bring solitude to your heart. You can read his compositions to remember Gurudev on his death anniversary.
Tagore is remembered for wisdom, patriotism, gifted artistry and achievements, the name of Rabindra Nath Tagore is a symbol of respect, pride, and admiration in the hearts of every Indian. Be it literature, art, or freedom movement for independent India, He is the first Nobel laureate in Asia.
He was born on 7 May 1861 and contributed greatly to the development of Indian society. The national anthem of India was written by Rabindra Nath Tagore. He died on 7 August 1941.
Rabindranath Tagore A Man with Many Talents
Rabindranath Tagore was addressed as Gurudev and was known in the country and abroad as a
- social reformer.
Rabindranath Tagore wrote National Anthems
Gurudev has two compositions which became the national anthem of two countries India’s ‘Jana Gana Mana‘ and Bangladesh’s ‘Amar Sonar Bangla.
Rabindranath Tagore’s Education & Married Life
Rabindranath Thakur was born as the child of Devendranath Tagore and Sharada Devi on 6 May 1861 in Jyotasanko Thakurbari, Kolkata. He got his early education at the prestigious St. Xavier’s School. In his desire to become a barrister, he enrolled in a public school in Bridgton, England, then studied law at the University of London, but returned home without a degree in 1880.
- Tagore married Mrinalini in 1883. Within a span of 19 years, he lost his wife and never remarried. It was assumed that he sought close companionship even during his married life.
- The Tagore family was a pioneer during the Bengal Renaissance, publishing literary magazines; Bengali and Western classical music and theater and screenplays were regularly performed there.
- Tagore’s father invited many professional Dhrupad musicians to stay at home and teach Indian classical music to his children.
- Tagore modernized Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, and essays dealt with topics from political to personal.
The Treasure of Books & Novels written by Tagore
Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism and unnatural contemplation. Tagore’s vision of God, unity, and equality found spontaneous expression in several of his lecture’s addresses, poems as well as in his novels.
Shantiniketan was found and developed by members of the Tagore family. It was founded by Debendranath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore wrote many of his literary classics at Santiniketan. His son, Rathindranath Tagore was one of the first five students at the Brahmacharya ashrama at Santiniketan.
Visva-Bharati is a public research central university and an institution of national importance located in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. It was founded by Rabindranath Tagore who called it Visva-Bharati, which means the communion of the world with India. Until independence, it was a college. Soon after independence, the institution was given the status of a central university in 1951 by an act of Parliament.
Tagore’s Life was full of Grief
Tagore’s personal struggles continued. In 1902, he lost both his wife and daughter, Renuka. His father passed away in January 1905, and in 1907, on the fifth death anniversary of his wife, his son Shamindranath died of cholera at the age of 11.
I saw the vision of my son lying in the heart of the Infinite and I was about to cry to my friend, who was nursing the boy in the next room, that the child was safe, that he had found his liberation. ( Tagore’s composition excerpt after losing his son)
First Nobel laureate in Asia
In March 1912, a severely ill Tagore returned to Kuthi Bari, a house built by his grandfather in Shilaidaha. He was too weak to write anything new, but couldn’t sit idle either, so he started to translate his own work ‘Gitanjali’ into English. A year later, on a November evening, a telegram that had been redirected from Jorasanko (his Calcutta address), arrived at Shantiniketan.
He had won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the news had traveled all the way from Sweden to the dusty village roads of Bolpur. However, Tagore remained stoic and handed over the telegram to a colleague at Shanti Niketan.
“One Hundred Poems of Kabir” translated by Rabindranath Tagore are very popular across the world; Hazari Prasad Dwivedi and Kshitimohan Sen both were writers on Kabir Saheb and both remained closely associated with Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan. Rabindranath Tagore wrote a beautiful poem on Kabir Saheb in Bangla language.
Songs of Kabir is a 1915 book consisting of 100 poems of Kabir Saheb, translated to English by Rabindranath Tagore. In this book, Kabir Saheb has combined the philosophies of Sufism and Hinduism. The book had an introduction by Evelyn Underhill and was published by Macmillan, New York.
Quotes of Rabindranath Tagore
- “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come”.
- “Facts are many, but the truth is one”.
- “Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man”.
- “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time”.
- “Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it”.
- “A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it”.
- True religion is the realization of one’s own nature. Tagore believed that organized religions that act as a barrier to communal harmony.
According to Tagore as God’s energy is continuous in the world, the objects of worship are present everywhere, it is one living truth that makes all reality true”. Let this be my last word, that I trust in thy love. God, the Great Giver, can open the whole universe to our gaze in the narrow space of a single light.
Liberation should be the main aim of getting human life and other works of life are secondary. Humans give more emphasis on secondary things and forget the motive. Every soul should work to get liberation and to know the existence of God in one’s life. One can find the motto of life while searching for God. Read literature that gives information of Supreme God. Read books that have the meaning of life and death.
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