where the mind is without fear

I have checked with a few folks and they also have experienced and continue to experience these…

Sometimes it is a piece of music that keeps repeating itself in the head – such as a 7th Symphony of Beethoven or a Toccata (in C minor) of Bach or a Bhimsen Joshi rendition of Ahir Bhairav or a MS Subbulakshmi’s ‘kurai onrum illai, Govinda’ – I have no wants, Govinda.

Sometimes there are these haunting images – such as the scenes from a Tarkovsky or a Kurosawa film, that deliciously torment you…

Sometimes it is plain text that keeps rattling you, forever popping up from the deep recesses of the synapses – for the past few days it has been Bhaanusingho’s where the mind is without fear

Today is the birthday of our Tagore. ttaahkur, I mean. 

chitto jetha bhayashunyo  

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action -
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
(from gitanjali, his famous collection)
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