Bhagvad Gita and Gitanjali: Exploring Consciousness in Tagore
If there is one music in the Gitanjali that resonates above the meter, rhyme scheme and diction of the poems, then it is the music of love in enmity, belief in restlessness and stoicism in sorrow – a pattern of good propensities in the bad that stops not at mishaps and being conscious of the life’s irresolute, death for one, is still more conscious of its resolute that is good. In crisis, when vision is clouded and fear is paramount, liberty takes us away from the beaten path consciously so that we know between good and bad, fear and courage or sorrow and happiness of life’s din and music. Bhagvad Gita, the religious text of Hindu thought, says that everyday living can strip us off the consciousness of liberty by the envelope of ‘maya’ – the illusion of truth – so that you mistake riches for happiness, praise for love and loss for sorrow. Life then becomes an endless merry-go-round of falsehoods: lassitude; preoccupation with death; denial of Him, the eternally free and happy; sorrow and the vicious circle goes on. Consciousness as Non-Compromising Good is explored by Tagore in Gitanjali as liberty instantiated when man doesn’t compromise with the extremes of mirth, sorrow or delirium; but chooses the mean position, which thoughts will be explored in this essay.
Keywords: Consciousness, Gitanjali, Bhagvad Gita, Tagore, poems
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