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An Undying Faith of the Infinite in Us


On Oct 25, 2010 Somik Raha wrote:

I loved reading Patsy's comment - a very powerful observation that as we grow older, our physical experiences are more difficult than our emotional ones. Made me think that we are wired to learn, even if we do our best not to.

I liked Tagore's emphasis on the "should" as opposed to what we "do" have, and find that to be the genesis of all creation. If we were merely satisfied by a clear understanding of what is happening as it really is, and not as we want it to be, we would end up being indistinguishable from the unity we often find ourselves in, and which, many traditions claim, is our ultimate goal. Tagore is a rebel poet - and he says, how boring! We are Gods, here to create, and that involves limiting the limitless, the only way in which the limitless can express itself.

Of course, Tagore's creation is not a mind running astray, rather, it is the expression of stillest mind possible, that does see things as they truly are, and out of a mischievous twinkle in the eye, decides to create. My professor once expressed this idea without ever reading Tagore, when he announced to our group that we were all Gods. A colleague asked, "Then, why are we here?" 

He responded, without a grin, "Because, you see, it is boring to be God." I laughed at first, and then stopped.



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