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Sadhana : the realisation of life

Rabindranath Tagore

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A collection of essays on the Hindu/Buddhist view of humankind’s place in the universe. As the author says in his introduction: “in these papers, it may be hoped, western readers will have an opportunity of coming into touch with the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts and manifested in the life of to-day.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .tly perfect and rounded it may be, it must be given a blow to, it must be burst through and thereby the freedom of light and air be won, and the complete purpose of bird life be achieved. In Sanskrit, the bird has been called the twice-born. So too the man who has gone through the ceremony of the discipline of self-restraint and high thinking for a period of at least twelve years; who has come out simple in wants, pure in heart, and ready to take up all the responsibilities of life in a disinterested largeness of spirit. He is considered to have had his rebirth from the blind envelopment of self to the freedom of soul life; to have come into living relation with his surroundings; to have become at one with the All.

I have already warned my hearers, and must once more warn them against the idea that the teachers of India preached a renunciation of the world and of self which leads only to the blank emptiness of negation. Their aim was the realisa. . . Read More

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One of the more comprehensible, and clear, (without compromising the beauty of the prose) expositions of Hindu/Brahmo philosophy which I've read.

A lot of western people seem to be reading this in a confused manner, because they expect it to be a "religious" treatise in the tradition of Abrahamism. B

Written in the pinnacle of eloquence, Sadhana by Rabindranath Tagore relates a theory of a few points of the teaching of Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha. This narrative touches many bases dealing with the virtue of man, greed, love and compassion. I found it at times both ambiguous and inspiring. It

Very beautiful and deep. It didn't really solve the problem of evil for me, but I commend it for trying. I will admit, the book was a bit of a struggle to read at times because I would get bogged down in the flowery language and the meaning would flow right over my head. However, the poetic words so

Sadhana, The Realisation of Life – By Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. He is noted for his very poetic style of writing. A notable work is the poetic prayers and supplications in ‘Gitanjali’ which mean ‘An Offering of Songs

O, bogovi, koliko je Rabindranat Tagor divan.
S početka deluje kao da pokušava da približi indijsku duhovnost zapadnjacima, no kak oknjiga teče sve je jasnije da formuliše upravo svoje viđenje, tak oprepuno lepote, smirenja, proživljene mistike i... ljubavi, ljubavi kao suštine u odnosu čovek-svemir.

Безкраен ме създаде ти — такава бе волята ти. Толкоз пъти вече изцеждаш този крехък съд и с пресен живот го пълниш винаги.
Пренесъл тръстиковата свирчица през хълми и долове, ти вдъхна в нея вечно нови песни.
В безсмъртното докосване на дланите ти мъничкото ми сърце престъпва всички граници на рад

The western civilization has been grappling with divisions of mind/matter, god/human,nature/ human and within our spieces. the wall built by civilized beings has been the source of control,subordination of the other. Wars,colonization,human trafficking, exploitation of poor,gender, brutal use of the

This book is exceptional, only draw back I have is, I won't be able to re-collect, re-iterate all of the stuffs mentioned in the book, as much as, I would have wanted to.

I tend to forget things, and Tagore in this book explains loads of stuffs, some of them so deep, that I promise, I have forgotten

This is one of those books whose every sentence you must read a few times over... to immerse, enjoy and marvel at Tagore's depth and understanding of the universe.

The flying fish I glimpsed above this immense school:

* To live in perfect goodness is to realize one's li

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