The Religion of Man: Being the Hibbert Lectures for 1930 - Rabindranath Tagore (1966 Gobin Stair Artwork Edition)

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Condition:   Ex-library book. Signs of wear and consistent use. See images for the condition of this book. Scribbled number and name on the inside page and on the back of the book.

Blurb: Once Mr. Rabindranath Tagore, India's first Noble laureate, was asked that in line with the Indian National Anthem "Jan Gan Man ." composed by him, he could also write a song that may serve as an international anthem for the whole world. Rabindranath Tagore responded by saying that such a composition already stands rendered by GURU NANAK which is not only international but for the entire universe. The composition that Tagore was referring to is a rendering incorporated in the scripture of Sikh Religion Shri GURU GRANTH Sahib. It was pronounced by Guru Nanak on seeing the aarti (devotional song) being performed by the priests - with a platter, embedded with costly jewels & pearls, carrying items such as lighted lamps, flowers, incense sticks etc. - in praise of Lord Jagannath, the deity of the temple at Puri in the State of Odisha in eastern part of India. The composition depicts how the entire creation is acting in complete coordination & harmony with each other as well as in entirety as a group. This rendering is commonly known as 'Aarti' and is sung in all gurdwaras as part of the evening prayers. It is also part of 'Sohila' the prayer which every Sikh recites at night before retiring to sleep. This rendering of Guru Nanak brings to notice the fact of this creation being the manifestation of Almighty Himself. It also highlights the human form being a premier part of this cosmic existence and that one has got this life for a purpose. The purpose is to avail the opportunity to achieve the unification of one's soul with the Super-soul called Almighty.

Author Blurb: 

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."

Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal. Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India's Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh's Amar Shonar Bangla.

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