(4th Century - 5th Century / Ujjain / India)

Look To This Day - Poem by Kalidasa

Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!

Comments about Look To This Day by Kalidasa

  • Rajesh Thankappan (9/6/2016 11:29:00 AM)

    A brilliant salutation to the dawn with its simple and yet profound wisdom shining out like sun rays. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/8/2015 3:10:00 AM)

    Why must translators feel the need to gild the lily? The embellishment of this magnificent Sanskrit proverb is both gratuitous and unwelcome. (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2015 9:03:00 PM)

    Kalidas' poetry is immortal through ages. Enjoyed this beautiful translation. Now that Sanskrit letters are available on computer I wish we could read original by its side too. i will sure try to search for it.m (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/22/2015 1:32:00 PM)

    I have never read her work before. I will now. She is fascinating. (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman (10/22/2015 10:59:00 AM)

    For yesterday us a dream, and tomorrow is a vision wow didn't realise these profound words verses came from Kalidasa, that these artistically profound phrase existed from his ancient times. Kalidasa is reverred as one of the greatest poet son of India. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/22/2015 4:45:00 AM)

    The bliss of growth and, the works of nature. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/22/2015 3:00:00 AM)

    The glory of action and peace of mind speak about the secret of day. Day is completely associated with life. The splendour of achievement sings the glory of life as well as of day in reflection of sunlight. Today's living matters a lot. Very interesting and wise poem is well written by such a great poet. Amazing...10 (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2015 12:54:00 AM)

    I wish the Member had added some lines about the great Sanskrit poet, Kalidasa, whose fine poems can be
    sampled in English translations. If it is a modern 'Kalidasa', we could expect some details about his poems.
    The great Sanskrit poet became proverbial for his literary flair for similes and metaphors: Upamano Kalidasasya.
    The 'Raghu Vamsa' is epic in verse.
    A. Madhavan
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  • Mann Bhatia (7/21/2015 4:23:00 AM)

    Simple yet upto point. (Report) Reply

  • Mann Bhatia (7/21/2015 4:21:00 AM)

    Lovely. Simple and to point. (Report) Reply

  • (5/16/2014 6:38:00 PM)

    ........a beautiful write....be happy every day....cause yesterday was the dream of happiness....and hope is of tomorrow....truly enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2014 2:40:00 AM)

    vision about life is the theme in the great poem of the greatest poetic mind of India. It is nice and beautiful and awesome to read and recite and also to understand. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010

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