Amusing to begin with excerpts from: The Spirit of Japan by Rabindranath Tagore 


from: The Spirit of Japan

"... But I am not going to be brow-beaten by the authority of long experience, which is likely to be an experience of blindness carried through long years. I have known such instances in my own country. The mental sense, by the help of which we feel the spirit of a people, is like the sense of sight, or of touch,—it is a natural gift. It finds its objects, not by analysis, but by direct apprehension. Those who have not this vision, merely see events and facts, and not their inner association."

"...You ask me how I can prove, that I am right in my confidence that I can see. My answer is, because I see something which is positive. There are others, who affirm that they see something contrary. It only shows, that I am looking on the picture side of the canvas, and they on the blank side. Therefore my short view is of more value than their prolonged stare."



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Written on 2015-04-26 at 21:58

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jim The PoetBay support member heart!
As with so many things, serendipity plays a role in our lives. I have Rabindranath Tagore's "Gitanjali," on my bookshelf. I don't remember buying it, I've haven't read a word of it.

A time and a place for everything, it is time to read this book. Thank you. As always you've shown me something that would have gone unnoticed.