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Religion of Man, The

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Tagore is unequivocal in his faith. He appreciates the intellectual triumphs of science, but he writes as a poet and philosopher.

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Man must always be a music-maker and dreamer of dreams; he must never lose, in his material quests, his longing for the touch of the divine. He traces the growth of the idea of God from primitive notions to universality. Today, as he says, all barriers are down and the "the God of humanity has arrived at the gates of the ruined temple of the tribe." His book rings with joy and affirmation overstepping all limitations of race and creed.

"The chapters included in this book, which comprises the Hibbert Lectures delivered in Oxford, at Manchester College, during the month of May 1930, contain also the gleanings of my thoughts on the same subject from the harvest of many lectures and addresses delivered in different countries of the world over a considerable period of my life."

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"His estimates of western civilization are searching and some of them written in acid... one reads much between the lines - but Tagore recognizes the true strength of the west and the faults of the east. The lectures are actually a superb and haunting criticism and evaluation of life from the viewpoint of an immemorial philosophy by a wise man."     ~Christian Century

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"T: You have been busy hunting down with mathematics the two ancient entities, Time and Space, while I have been lecturing in this country on the eternal world of Man, the universe of Reality.

E.: Do you believe in the Divine as isolated from the world?

T.: Not isolated. The infinite personality of Man comprehends the Universe. There cannot be anything that cannot be subsumed by the human personality, and this proves that the Truth of the Universe is human Truth. I have taken a scientific fact to explain this – Matter is composed of protons and electrons, with gaps between them, but matter may seem to be solid [without the links in the spaces which unify the individual electrons and protons.] Similarly humanity is composed of individuals, yet they have their interconnection of human relationship, which gives living unity to man’s world. The entire universe is linked up with us [as individuals] in a similar manner, it is a human universe. I have pursued this thought through art, literature and the religious consciousness of man.

E.: There are two different conceptions about the nature of the universe: (1) The world as a unity dependent on humanity. (2) The world as a reality independent of the human factor.

T.: When our universe is in harmony with Man, the eternal, we know it as Truth, we feel it as beauty.

E.: This is the purely human conception of the universe.

T.: There can be no other conception. This world is a human world – the scientific view of it is also that of the scientific man. [Therefore, the world apart from us does not exist; it is a relative world, depending for its reality upon our consciousness.] There is some standard of reason and enjoyment which gives it Truth, the standard of the Eternal Man whose experiences are through our experiences.

E.: This is a realization of the human entity.

T.: Yes, one eternal entity. We have to realize it through our emotions and activities. We realized the Supreme Man who has no individual limitations through our limitations. Science is concerned with that which is not confined to individuals; it is the impersonal human world of Truths. Religion realizes these Truths and links them up with our deeper needs; our individual consciousness of Truth gains universal significance. Religion applies values to Truth, and we know this Truth as good through our own harmony with it.

E.: Truth, then, or Beauty is not independent of Man?

T.: No."                  ~The Tagore-Einstein Conversation on the Nature of Reality, July 14th, 1930

Biography

RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861-1941) Greatest writer in modern Indian literature, Bengali poet, novelist, educator, and an early advocate of Independence for India. Tagaore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Two years later he was awarded the knighthood, but he surrendered it in 1919 as a protest against the Massacre of Amritsar, where British troops killed some 400 Indian demonstrators.

Tagore's influence over Gandhi and the founders of modern India was enormous, but his reputation in the West as a mystic has perhaps misled his Western readers to ignore his role as a reformer and critic of colonialism.

Author Tagore, Rabindranath
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 212 pp.
Publisher Monkfish Publishing 2004
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