Life of my life , I shall ever try to keep my body pure, knowing that thy lining touch is upon all my limbs.
I shall ever try to keep all untruths out from my thoughts, knowing that thou art that truth which has kindled the light of reason in my mind.
i shall ever try to drive all evils away from my heart and keep my love in flower, knowing that thou hast thy seat in the inmost shrine of my heart.
And shall be my endeavor to reveal thee in my actions, knowing it is thy power gives me strength to act.
– Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
What i see :
Captivating as it is, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore has succeeded in touching hearts from generation to generation and his thoughts, whenever read have created a stir in my mind. His philosophy is not new to us but the truths buried deep in our soul are brought out in one of the most articulate ways and the truthfulness of these verses and enchanting and sometimes disturbing.
The way he addresses god as ‘life of my life’, the very first four words not only touch the heart but hold it firmly. Unaware of what he means, this address could be to the power that gives us power, the strength that gives us strength. He promises to keep himself pure, away from all untruths as he accepts the omnipresence of the universal energy that makes the world what it is. He promises to keep his love untouched by all evil motives and believes that He lives in our heart and we need to keep it pure, as he calls his heart his shrine. He not only states that it is Him who gives him strength but also in his own way preaches to take a righteous path in life..
If i have to address Gurudev i would call him ‘Love of my Love’ for sure!