Where the mind is without fear!

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.
– Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

I have always been fascinated by the simplicity of this poem. How, through exquisite imagery, Tagore expresses his profound thoughts! The original Bengali poem was titled “Prayer”. It really is a plea, not for the political independence India sought when this poem was written, but for freedom from tyranny and dogma, a prayer that is relevant even to this day.


4 responses to “Where the mind is without fear!

  1. This is truly one of the best poems I have ever read.. 🙂 Thanks Sourav, for refreshing it in my memory for me.. 🙂

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