September 23, 2022

Quotes and poems to share on Gurudev’s birthday

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti


  • Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta on May 7, 1861.
  • He is India’s first Nobel laureate
  • He wrote our national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’

Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first Nobel laureate, was born in Kolkata on May 7, 1861. He was a poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painter. Tagore was known as the Bard of Bengal and Gurudev.

In 1913, Tagore became the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize for Literature and the second non-European to receive a Nobel Prize after Theodore Roosevelt for Gitanjali, his best-known collection of poetry.

Tagore was the one who wrote our national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ as well as ‘Amar Shonar Bangla’ which is the national anthem sung in Bangladesh.

The Bengali poet was knighted by King George V in 1915, but he repudiated it after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.

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Here are some quotes and poems by Rabindranath Tagore:

Quotes from Rabindranath Tagore

  • If you cry because the sun has disappeared from your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
  • Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
  • Music fills the infinity between two souls.
  • What is art? It is the response of the creative soul of man to the call of the Real.
  • Love is the only reality and it is not just a feeling. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
  • Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
  • By picking its petals, you do not reap the beauty of the flower.
  • Death does not extinguish the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
  • The trees are the endless effort of the earth to speak to the listening sky.
  • We come closest to the great when we are great in humility.
  • Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
  • If you close the door to all errors, the truth will be excluded.
  • Let your life dance lightly on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
  • Don’t say, “It’s morning,” and dismiss it with a name from yesterday. See him for the first time as a newborn who has no name.
  • Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged by man.

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Poems by Rabindranath Tagore


Pick this little flower and take it, don’t delay! I’m afraid he

sag and fall into the dust.

I may not find a place in your garland, but grace it with a touch of

pain from your hand and tear it away. I fear the day will end before me

conscious, and the time for the offering passes.

Although its color is not deep and its smell is weak, use this flower

at your service and pick it up while it’s time.


Are you abroad on this stormy night

in your journey of love, my friend?

The sky moans like a desperate.

I haven’t slept tonight.

Again and again I open my door and look

darkness, my friend!

I see nothing in front of me.

I wonder where your way is!

By what vague shore of the inky river,

by what edge of the sullen forest,

through what deep depth of darkness you weave your way

your course to come to me, my friend?


I wonder if I know him

In what speech is my voice,

In what movement is my being,

Whose skill is in my lines,

Whose melody is in my songs

In joy and sorrow.

I thought he was chained inside me,

Content with tears and laughter,

Work and play.

I thought it was me

Ending with my death.

Why then in a flood of joy I feel it

To the sight and touch of my beloved?

This ‘I’ beyond me I found

On the shores of the shining sea.

so i know

This “I” is not imprisoned within my limits.

Losing myself, I find it

Beyond the boundaries of time and space.

Throughout the ages

I get to know his Shining Self

In the researcher’s Ife,

In the voice of the poet.

Dark clouds flow the rains.

I sit down and think:

Bearing so many forms, so many names,

I go down, crossing the threshold

Countless births and deaths.

The undivided Supreme, complete in himself,

Embracing past and present,

Man dwells.

In him I will find myself –

The “I” that extends everywhere.

Wasted time

During many idle days, I cried for lost time.

But it’s never lost, sir.

You took every moment of my life in your hands.

Hidden in the heart of things, you feed the seeds into germs,

buds in bloom, and the flowers ripening in fruitfulness.

I was tired and I slept on my idle bed

and imagined that all work had ceased.

In the morning I woke up

and found my garden full of flower wonders.


The song that I came to sing

remains unknown to this day.

I spent my days stringing

and to decode my instrument.

The time has not come true,

the words were not put correctly;

only there is agony

to wish in my heart…..

I didn’t see his face,

neither did I listen to his voice;

only I heard her soft footsteps

from the road in front of my house….

But the lamp was not lit

and I cannot invite him into my house;

I live in the hope of meeting him;

but that meeting is not yet.