Book of the week - Gitanjali
It's very simple to be happy, but it's very difficult to be simple
"This O Stealer of my heart,
this is your love
The golden light that dances in the leaves
This, O Stealer of my heart"
"That which can't
Be touched has touched
And hugged the whole of my body - thus
if all of this must end, then let it go"
Why I have to start with excerpts as usual, like other writers? Shouldn't the book recommendation I’m writing be different?...
I compelled myself to wonder upon small elements of life while reading Gitanjali just to enjoy the fascination in simplicity. And even before I knew a sweet realization had struck me; why I should start writing on Gitanjali the way it is. Unembellished and pulchritudinous. Don't worry about the pronunciation there, it simply means beautiful. But how would have I, tamed my desire and chosen a simple word for her charm.
I haven't even completed her yet, but she keeps changing me with every word, every page flip. I want to have some kind of bond with her to embrace her well, I want people to know how amazing she can make them "woke".
I'm not even kidding here, referring to Tagore's Gitanjali as she, her while praising the book so much might seem like an exaggeration but honestly it's a must-read; it would make you feel disparate. (not desperate)
On the geeky side, Gitanjali is a collection of 103 poems, the most famous work by Rabindranath Tagore published in 1910 India. It was written in Bengali, and later Tagore translated it into prose poems in English, as Gitanjali: Song Offerings, (published in 1912).
The major theme in Gitanjali is devotion to God. It supports the concept that the relationship of the soul with God, needs the relationship with the man. Same as Rabindranath Tagore also believed. He used to say that God lies among human beings. He is in you, me, and every living being so to love everyone in this world is to love the Almighty, and to serve mankind is to serve the Supreme, Immanent will. Which is aesthetically depicted in the book. All this is also found in Indian Philosophy so you can see the focus of the book around it.
SO, Gitanjali sure is a special book, that can bring its readers into direct contact with the infinite. However, only a reader can ensure that this creation is praised.