For a long time I wished to read a classic piece of work. Gratefully, I got my hands on some treasured gems from history, one of those is Gitanjali written by Rabindranath Tagore.
The name Gitanjali is translated in English as song offerings. I read the English translation. Songs were filled with deep meaning and unfathomable emotions. The poems or more profoundly referring, songs written by Tagore are eternally fragrant.
There were more than 100 songs written with love and grace engulfing multiple meanings for different phases and different stages of life. One cannot attach a single meaning to any of them.
Tagore beautifully explored the physical and metaphysical world, with corporeal and incorporeal desires and emotions. There was love, longing, peace, desire, spirituality, and all profound feelings one experiences in a lifetime.
The songs are for the lover, for the reluctant, for the secluded, and for anyone who wants to experience the beautiful words put together like a garland. The expression and placement of songs with ongoing phases of life are awe-inspiring.
The book is focused on realizing oneself by getting inclined towards a higher purpose and higher goal. Tagore explored every feeling and pointed to a higher truth.
The words, feelings associated with those words, and meaning interpreted from them is no less than a masterpiece. While reading Gitanjali, I also went through Tagore’s life. What I can say is: a meaningful life leads to meaningful work and actions.
One can also interpret Gitanjali to be a poetic expression of Tagore’s life and realization. I felt relieved and found meaning in everything written. The book is worth reading and experiencing.
Don’t read all the songs or poems in a single go. Read one at a time. Feel it, understand it, experience it and move further.
Read and reread to make sense of the words.
I would love to give Gitanjali 5 out of 5 stars.
‘Tis indeed a delight to read a masterpiece.
Until next time
Have a great day!