by Rabindranath Tagore

Those who in the name of faith embrace illusion,
kill and are killed
Even the atheist gets God’s blessings-
Does not boast of his religion;
With reverence he lights the lamp of reason
And pays his homage not to scriptures,
But to the good in man.

The bigot insults his own religion
When he slays a man of another faith
Conduct he judges not in the light of reason;
In the temple he raises the blood-stained banner
And worships the devil in the name of God.

All that is shameful and barbarous through the ages,
Has found a shelter in their temples-
Those they turn into prison;
O,I hear the trumpet call of destruction !
Time comes with her great broom
Sweeping all refuse away.

That which should make man free,
They turn into fetters;
That which should unite,
They turn into sword;
That which should bring love
From the fountain of the Eternal,
They turn into prison

And with its waves they flood the world
They try to cross the river
In a bark riddled with holes,
And yet,in their anguish,whom do they blame?

O Lord,breaking false religion,
Save the blind!
Break! O break
The alter that is drowned in blood.

Let your thunder strike.
into the prison of false religion,
And bring to this unhappy land
The light of knowledge”

-Rabindranath Thakur

I feel it is more relevant today.

Author: nehal

Physician by profession, I like to spend my spare time reading literature and philosophy, getting to know different cultures and exploring various forms of creative expressions,..paintings,music, photography, cinema, theatre, sculpture and of course poetry. I usually write in my mother tongue Gujarati and sometimes in Hindi and English. Nehal’s world is at the crossroads of my inner and outer worlds, hope you like the journey…

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