Tagore hosts Gandhi and wife Kasturba at Santiniketan in 1940
“Creation is an endless activity of God’s freedom; it is an end in itself.”
Rabindranath Tagore, (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) sobriquet Gurudev,
was an Indian Bengali polymath. He was a popular poet, novelist, musician, and playwright who reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, and as the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore was perhaps the most widely regarded Indian literary figure of all time. He was a mesmerizing representative of the Indian culture whose influence and popularity internationally perhaps could only be compared to that of Gandhi, whom Tagore named ‘Mahatma’ out of his deep admiration for him. (quote taken from Wikipedia)
We are a society of end results, goals, fast and instant gratification…could it be that the Freedom of the Journey, is the greatest of joys and the ultimate purpose?
Could we rewrite Rabindranath’s words and say:
“ The Creation in our ‘Journey of Life’ is the endless act, an expression of Human Freedom; it is the source of greatest wealth, the evidence of greatest health and happiness; it is an end in itself.”?