I’ve seen it up close
You know it’s not a game
No matter what you chose
It’ll never be the same
I know if you would have been here
Close to me, near and around
I know you’d wipe every tear
And hold me when I fall to the ground
Like last night this night shall pass too
And many other to come
For we have to live and it’s true
Even with dreams broken and undone
My eyes are red and wet
While I lay in my bed
How will you pay the debt death?
Of love unfelt ,of words unsaid
Tomorrow when you feel dull and sad
And when you feel you have lost it all
Just look back in time and you’ll know
How important it is to fall
Your first bicycle ride, you scratched you knees
And elbows and face full of mud
Would you ever learn to ride?
If you wouldn’t have fallen with a thud
When the first time you asked her for a date
And how she turned you down
If you wouldn’t have faced it then
You wouldn’t be with the love you found
For pain brings pleasure maybe a bit late
So watch out for the signs it brings
And for the mean while you could call it fate
And hear the nightingale sing
And when the dark clouds shall be gone
Tomorrow or maybe a little after that
And when all the light shall be shone
You’ll see darkness bowing and lifting his hat
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!