‘The burden of the self is lightened when I laugh at myself’ – Rabindranath Tagore
Today, as many of us across the globe celebrate Rabindra Jayanti, we at MHF Kolkata, bring some inspirational quotes of the great bard. For, he was a man who is a living example of how one can overcome any and every challenge in life, be it harsh pangs of death, pain of betrayal, loss of love or even hurt from a selfish society. Tagore portrayed these real-life challenges through his incredible poetry, songs and drama. Be it deaths of his daughters, grandson, wife, sister-in-law, or a new birth, a new leaf, a new bud… every element of existence has been reflected in his spiritual understanding. Here are a few quotes. Have a blessed day:

  • Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
    but to be fearless when facing them.
  • I leave no trace of wings in the air,
    but I am glad I have had my flight.
  • Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom
  • Don’t limit a child to your own learning,
    for he was born in another time.
  • Clouds come floating into my life,
    no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
    but to add color to my sunset sky.
  • Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time… like dew on the tip of a leaf.
  • You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
  • Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
  • The water in a vessel is sparkling;
    the water in the sea is dark.
    The small truth has words which are clear;
    the great truth has great silence.
  • Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
  • Death [Nirvana] is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp
    because the dawn has come.
  • I have become my own version of an optimist.
    If I can’t make it through one door,
    I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door.
    Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.