Tagore on God: 12 Quotes

Quotations from the writings of Rabindranath Tagore

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The great Hindu poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize, immaculately brought out the essence of Eastern spirituality in his literary works. His spiritual vision, as he himself said, is imbued "with the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts and manifested in the life of today." 

A Dozen Quotes From Tagore on God 

Here are 12 quotes gleaned from his writings that speak of God.

  1. "God finds himself by creating."
  2. "Religion, like poetry, is not a mere idea, it is expression. The self-expression of God is in the endless variety of creation; and our attitude toward the Infinite Being must also in its expression have a variety of individuality - ceaseless and unending."
  3. "... our daily worship of God is not really the process of gradual acquisition of him, but the daily process of surrendering ourselves, removing all obstacles to union and extending our consciousness of him in devotion and service, in goodness and in love..."
  4. "The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union."
  5. "The object of education is to give man the unity of truth... I believe in a spiritual world - not as anything separate from this world - but as its innermost truth. With the breath we draw we must always feel this truth, that we are living in God."
  1. "The pious sectarian is proud because he is confident of his right of possession in God. The man of devotion is meek because he is conscious of God's right of love over his life and soul."
  2. "Man's abiding happiness is not in getting anything but in giving himself up to what is greater than himself, to ideas which are larger than his individual life, the idea of his country, of humanity, of God."
  1. "God, the Great Giver, can open the whole universe to our gaze in the narrow space of a single land."
  2. "Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man."
  3. "Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol."
  4. "To the guests that must go, bid God's speed and brush away all traces of their steps."
  5. "God loves me when I sing. God respects me when I work."
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