Rabindranath Tagore

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

Where The Mind Is Without Fear


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Thursday, June 30, 2011

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  • Rookie - 701 Points Rajesh Thankappan (12/24/2014 1:23:00 AM)

    Yes, the world should not be broken into fragments by the narrow domestic walls of race, caste, creed, religion etc. etc. My countrymen should wake up to this and so should the world. 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,905 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/29/2014 11:44:00 AM)

    We have to pay for knowledge yet knowledge is free in borne..of course mind and fear inter woven and narrow domestic walls riots on faith, color, and race beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,487 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/6/2014 3:45:00 AM)

    Love to the country and praying to great god and such nice things in philosophical contexts made into a good poem by the great poet and it is very great. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,067 Points * Sunprincess * (6/5/2014 10:41:00 PM)

    ..........to live in a peaceful world, where your mind is without fear would be truly wonderful....enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,487 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/14/2014 10:08:00 AM)

    Ravindranatha Tagore's famous work Gitanjali which has got nobel prize is a precious book to read with. It is widely read and enjoyed and a particular feeling of holistic life comes to the mind. A great poem from the great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 868 Points Soumita Sarkar (12/24/2013 6:26:00 AM)

    Excellent Mr.Nair....................portrayal of a society infected by innumerable malady................GOOD! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 378 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/22/2013 10:48:00 AM)

    Now where minds are always in fear and heads are hung low
    Where knowledge comes with capitation fees
    A world broken in a million fragments by violence
    Where words come for the depths of untruth
    Where every body is too lazy to strive for perfection
    And the muddy stream of madness is overflowing
    Into every once green terrain and clean habitat
    Where minds are now gleefully led by the devil
    Into the ever narrowing lanes of inaction
    From this nightmare, my Father, let this world awake...

    (With regards to Gurudev Tagore and sadness at the state of affairs of this world now) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hn Pande (7/11/2013 4:14:00 AM)

    with my father, the poet refers to the whole country, his people which he believes to be a power trapped in a net.
    who mention their omnipotent to be such a tree upon whom the BENEDICTION of rituals of knowledge,
    deep spirit and holy caliber is bestowed.
    oh what a great soul for composition of a paradise which mention a dream ''IF MY COUNTRY WERE TO BE FREE.
    and to state a deep sorrow of missing his free world by open eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 83 Points Vincent Barrowcliffe (7/8/2013 7:06:00 AM)

    He is referring to God, Pratik Sourabh. And, Wahab Abdul, this was of the time when India was not independent, it was written before independence, don't disgrace such a beautiful poem. Tagore, I salute you! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pratik Sourabh (10/21/2012 4:21:00 AM)

    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake - Who is he referring to by my father? ? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Babu Gohel (10/30/2011 5:09:00 AM)

    Tagore expresses his love and feelings his country in this poem. he prays to god to make his country perfect.he has many wishes for his country in his hear.he wants that the people should not have any kind of fear.the people should live their life with self respect.he wants that everybody should get free knowledge and the people will live together with unity.the mind of the people should be truthful and they should constantly strive for perfection.the people should should not become slave of bad habits.the people should have clarity of thoughts.he also says that the world has not broken up into fragment by narrow domestic walls.in this way poet prays for freedom for his country.in this way poet also presents his dreams of ideal india.


    in short, this poem is patriotic poem and i love this winner the noble prize poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bhavdip Chavda (4/20/2011 11:55:00 AM)

    This is the reason for the Nobel Prize.
    Such a thinking, such a devotion deserve the Nobel Prize... (Report) Reply

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