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18056Re: [Meditation Society of America] Tagore on Overcoming Failure and Death

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  • Shelia Chughtai
    Nov 27, 2011
      Peace Be Unto You,

      Thank you for the awe inspiring words and thoughts. As we reflect and live our
      lives may we always live, love, laugh and learn. May we always strive for that
      which is positive and can make a difference not only in our lives but in the lives
      of others. What is most important is not so much that we all will someday die
      but what did we do while we were living. This is what really matters.


      Sr. Shelia

      From: walto <calhorn@...>
      To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2011 6:03 AM
      Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Tagore on Overcoming Failure and Death

      If we kept the search-light of our observation turned upon the fact of death, the world would appear to us like a huge charnel-house; but in the world of life the thought of death has, we find, the least possible hold upon our minds. Not because it is the least apparent, but because it is the negative aspect of life; just as, in spite of the fact that we shut our eyelids every second, it is the openings of the eyes that count. Life as a whole never takes death seriously. It laughs, dances and plays, it builds, hoards and loves in death's face. Only when we detach one individual fact of death do we see its blankness and become dismayed. We lose sight of the wholeness of a life of which death is part. It is like looking at a piece of cloth through a microscope. It appears like a net: we gaze at the big holes and shiver in imagination. But the truth is, death is not the ultimate reality. It looks black, as the sky looks blue; but it does not blacken existence, just as the sky does not leave its stain upon the wings of the bird.
      When we watch a child trying to walk we see its countless failures; its successes are but few. If we had to limit our observation within a narrow space of time, the sight would be cruel. But we find that in spite of its repeated failures there is an impetus of joy in the child which sustains it in its seemingly impossible task. We see it does not think of its falls so much as of its power to keep its balance though for only a moment.
      Like these accidents in a child's attempts to walk, we meet with sufferings in various forms in our life every day, showing the imperfections in our knowledge and our available power, and in the application of our will. But if these revealed our weakness to us only, we should die of utter depression. When we select for observation a limited area of our activities, our individual failures and miseries loom large in our minds; but our life leads us instinctively to take a wider view. It gives us an ideal of perfection which ever carries us beyond our present limitations.

      Tagore, _Sadhana_

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