Friday, July 4, 2008

Mind Without Fear

There are some poems that just suit the moment or the emotions you are feeling. Great poems though seem fitting at all times, like this one. Amazingly, the translation is as good as the original..I suppose that's what happens when the poet himself does it!

"Mind Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up
into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action---
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake."

- Rabindranath Tagore

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