Rabindranath Tagore : Spiritual Heart and an Intellectual Soul

A man with a spiritual heart and an intellectual soul, a multifaceted personality who was a composer, a painter, a songwriter, a novelist and a poet was known as Rabindranath Tagore.
Rabindranath Tagore : Spiritual Heart and An Intellectual Soul

“It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.”
- Rabindranath Tagore


A man with a spiritual heart and an intellectual soul, a multifaceted personality who was a composer, a painter, a songwriter, a novelist and a poet was known as Rabindranath Tagore. He was born on 7th May 1861 in the city of writers, Calcutta to the family of Debendranath Tagore (1817–1905) and Sarada Devi (1830–1875). Rabindranath Tagore was the youngest of the thirteen siblings. He was raised in an environment where poetry was breathed in and literature served as a food for the soul. Got married to Mrinalini Devi and had a beautiful family. He was given the title of Gurudev owing to his wisdom and calm personality.

He wrote over one thousand poems; eight volumes of short stories; almost two dozen plays and play-lets; eight novels; and many books and essays on philosophy, religion, education and social topics. He was a visionary man with spiritualistic aura. He repudiated his knighthood opposing the Jalllianwala Bagh massacre which killed thousands of innocent people. His famous works include poetries like Manasi, Gitanjali, Balaki etc, dramas like Valmiki Pratibha, Dak Ghar, Visarjan, Chnadlika etc.

Rabindranath Tagore graced India and Bangladesh with his beautiful words which later were adopted as the national anthems of respective nations.


Failed attempt at law school

HIS STORY: Belonging to a wealthy Brahmin family, Rabindranath Tagore got the privilege to visit the charming lands of England to pursue law. However, he failed to complete his studies and returned back to Calcutta, India where he pursued his interest in writing. He wrote, published and even acted in few plays. At that time he was little known outside Calcutta. However, the wheels of time turned and in 1921 he visited England again with his son. To pass the time he started converting his Bengali writings into English. He had no aim and no clue about why he was doing so, he just kept on doing it and eventually, his works gathered a larger audience and he became one of the most popular writers of his time.
OUR LESSON: Life is not always about pursuing, it’s sometimes about living and the living will act as a mean which will make you pursue things far better than what you have imagined. Don’t make yourself rigid and stop the continuous run for the next thing. Not everything needs an aim, sometimes it’s just about living what you have rather than panicking and exerting yourself about what you want to seek. Be true to yourself and things good for you will eventually follow.


  • Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm but to add colour to my sunset sky.
  • You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
  • Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.
  • If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
  • I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was a joy.
  • Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.
  • Love's gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.
  • Don't limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.
  • A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
  • By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower.


The winds of wisdom and a scent of spirituality emanated from every place that was graced by the presence of this revered figure. And still, in the 21st century, we can feel his presence through his words even after he departed for the humble abode on 7th August 1941 at the age of 80. The body may perish but the noble soul’s ideas and words make him eternal.

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