Rabindranath Tagore

(7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941 / Calcutta (Kolkata), Bengal Presidency / British India)

Leave This - Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Leave this chanting and singing and telling of beads!
Whom dost thou worship in this lonely dark corner of a temple with doors all shut?
Open thine eyes and see thy God is not before thee!

He is there where the tiller is tilling the hard ground
and where the pathmaker is breaking stones.
He is with them in sun and in shower,
and his garment is covered with dust.
Put off thy holy mantle and even like him come down on the dusty soil!

Deliverance?
Where is this deliverance to be found?
Our master himself has joyfully taken upon him the bonds of creation;
he is bound with us all for ever.

Come out of thy meditations and leave aside thy flowers and incense!
What harm is there if thy clothes become tattered and stained?
Meet him and stand by him in toil and in sweat of thy brow.


Comments about Leave This by Rabindranath Tagore

  • Rookie Sai Vijaya Mahalakshmi (3/17/2014 10:43:00 AM)

    noble thinking general folks cannot get it. A service to human is service to God.Work is worship developed from the theme of this poem.. Inspirational lively truth. salutation is very little honor to this poem more than that this poem and poet is needed. The sun never sets in the poems of Rabindra nadh tagoore. Jai gurudev. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Aman Sa (9/12/2012 9:03:00 AM)

    salute to the immortal being who can sow the seeds of these words and we the mortals shall seek in our nomadic journeys for a small while life in his farm of abundance and wisdom (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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