Author: S K ChakrabortyPublisher: New Age InternationalYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 374ISBN/UPC (if available): 812240524x
The translated essays in this volume reveal Tagore the Wisdom-teacher, an authentic voice of the East. In many ways he appears to be at his transparent best in these discourses given at dawn in the groves of Shantiniketan.Tagore may be said to be a complete model of Indian culture, founded as his life was on an unbroken synthesis and expression of tapas and ananda - ascesis and aesthetics, character and bliss. Tapas and ananda comprise the foundation of Indian civilization, laid and built up by the rishis of the tapovans.A many-splendoured genius that he was, it is often difficult to extricate Tagore's true mind from the words of the numerous characters in his novels, short stories and plays. There are altogether one hundred fifty three such talks in two volumes in Bengali published under the title Shantiniketan by Vishva Bharati. This translation includes about eighty per cent from volume one and twenty percent from volume two. Selection has been governed primarily by the criteria of conceptual relevance and practical utility of selected pieces.THE TRANSLATORS:S K CHAKRABORTY, Ph. D combiners three decades of post graduate teaching experience in India and abroad. He has a so far published eight books on Human values and Indian Ethos. PRADIP BHATTACHARYA , gold and silver medalist of Calcutta University is author of 14 published books and articles on literary criticism, transactional analysis, ancient Indian history, and comparative mythology. He has translated into English Bankim Chandra Chatterjee's Krishna Charitra and Pratibha Ray's Yajnaseni.
VOLUME ISECTION IArise! Awake!DoubtWantSoul VisionSinGriefRenunciationLoveResolution of ConflictWhat do we want ?PrayerSECTION 2Risk of PerversionSeekingHearingAccountsManThe Thirst to AmassFerry AcrossThis Shore-That ShoreSECTION 3DayNightAt DawnThe UniqueThe Right of LoveWillBeautyThe Truth of PrayerLawThreeSetting ApartNatureSECTION 4AcquiringTotalityWorkEnergyLife-ForceFreedom in the WorldFreedom in SocietyView-PointIndistinguishableTwoPervading the CosmosSECTION 5Emotionalism and PurityInner and OuterPlace of PilgrimageDivisionThe WitnessThe Eternal AbodeMarriageSECTION 6The Third FloorDesire, Will, WelfareSpontaneous WorkPhilosopher's StonePracticeDetachmentFaithIn-gatheringDedicationThe Task of DedicationApathyDeathResultsSECTION 7Seeing the TruthCreationDeath and ImmortalityImbibing the Law of BeingThe EgoThe River and the BanksSoul's ManifestationThe CommandmentascesosWholenessThe Lesson of the NestThe InfiniteSECTION 8OmGaining the Law of One's BeingUndivided RealizationSelf-surrenderAll is OneSelf-ConfidenceThe Composed SoulRigid and RelaxedSalutationsMantra's BondsLife and LoveFear and BlissLaw and LiberationThe General WillYear EndingDesire for the InfiniteGetting and Not GettingBrvominhLiberationThe Way to LiberationSECTION 9Tapovana, The Forest of AscesisVOLUME IISECTION 10The Universal FeelingSECTION 11The Hard to AttainSECTION 12The EndSECTION 13Karma YogaUnderstanding the SelfSECTION 14Understanding TruthBecoming TrueSeeing the TruthSECTION 15Children of ImmortalitySECTION 16Do not destroy meThe Act of Creation