Rabindranath Tagore

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

Where The Mind Is Without Fear - Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

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


Comments about Where The Mind Is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore

  • F.k. Preston (6/6/2017 11:04:00 PM)


    Lovely work. You express the pain and hope of wanting to be free from fear. Well done. (Report) Reply

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  • (5/29/2017 10:27:00 AM)


    Absolutely brilliant poem by one of the greatest poet of all time... (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/5/2017 4:32:00 AM)

    tom allport
    it is true we all want to be in this place? where ever it is? maybe one day or night we might find it. (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2017 12:01:00 AM)


    can anyone plxx summarise this poem (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2016 12:23:00 PM)

    Mukti
    Mukti tanteyaa swarggaraajyatthileyk
    kente naadonnuNaraNE dhaivamE!
    (Report) Reply

  • Shareq Rahman (12/6/2016 12:40:00 AM)


    It would be very good if translation poems were attached with the poem in the original language. Interested members can help with locating the originals. The original for this poem is as follows.

    প্রার্থনা

    চিত্ত যেথা ভয়শূন্য, উচ্চ যেথা শির,
    জ্ঞান যেথা মুক্ত, যেথা গৃহের প্রাচীর
    আপন প্রাঙ্গণতলে দিবসশর্বরী
    বসুধারে রাখে নাই খন্ড ক্ষুদ্র করি,
    যেথা বাক্য হৃদয়ের উৎসমুখ হতে
    উচ্ছ্বসিয়া উঠে, যেথা নির্বারিত স্রোতে
    দেশে দেশে দিশে দিশে কর্মধারা ধায়
    অজস্র সহস্রবিধ চরিতার্থতায়-

    যেথা তুচ্ছ আচারের মরুবালুরাশি
    বিচারের স্রোতঃপথ ফেলে নাই গ্রাসি,
    পৌরুষেরে করে নি শতধা; নিত্য যেথা
    তুমি সর্ব কর্ম চিন্তা আনন্দের নেতা-

    নিজ হস্তে নির্দয় আঘাত করি, পিতঃ,
    ভারতেরে সেই স্বর্গে করো জাগরিত।
    (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (9/3/2016 12:47:00 AM)


    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
    By narrow domestic walls. Wow, this is beautiful. Humanity needs small bridges, not narrow domestic walls.
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/27/2016 3:28:00 PM)


    The reader sounds like a robot - no heart, no soul. (Report) Reply

  • Menato San (8/5/2016 5:59:00 AM)


    Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high.So beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/22/2016 6:55:00 PM)


    I enjoyed this poem about freedom of the mind.

    I examine the mind in The Mind.
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/22/2016 6:52:00 PM)

    Report mid=5664741
    I enjoyed this poem about freedom of the mind.

    You may like to read my poem The Mind.
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  • (4/14/2016 10:24:00 PM)


    amazing poem but where man is using his reason... unless we use rational thinking this heaven will be a dream... (Report) Reply

  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (3/22/2016 6:08:00 AM)


    Always fresh. Like to read it time and again. (Report) Reply

  • Rakesh Sinha (3/9/2016 5:43:00 AM)


    One of the best poems by Tagore! (Report) Reply

  • Nar Bahadur Ghimirey (2/18/2016 9:13:00 AM)


    Where the mind is without fear is a great poem of Tagore.. My favourate poem of all time.. (Report) Reply

  • Bishal Debnath (2/15/2016 10:20:00 AM)


    A poem that every individual should recite daily for the sake of illumination of the country. (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2015 9:56:00 AM)


    Good (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman (9/8/2015 1:44:00 AM)


    I still cannot fathom, how the great master as an eight year old could bring forth such profound verses..forever etched in the heart of a nation...i look at my young sons and hope and pray that I can proudly catch the fountain of creativity (Report) Reply

    Amarkumar Iyer Amarkumar Iyer (9/29/2015 7:31:00 AM)

    Dear Seemaji, Not all children grow-up to become great personalities, but, you may rest assured that all great personalities were once children. Prof. Iyer AKR

  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makvana (8/16/2015 3:18:00 AM)


    Literally the poem injects a needle of democracy filled with essence of freedom filial to the motherland. (Report) Reply

  • (8/12/2015 7:05:00 AM)


    Where The CyberSpace Is Without Fear
    Where the cyberspace is without fear and the head is held high
    Where knowledge is free and without subscription fee
    Where the site has not been blocked
    By narrow domestic firewalls
    Where search results come out from the depth of truth
    Where tireless browsing stretches its arms towards perfection
    Where the new emails has not lost its way
    Into the dreary desert sand of spam
    Where ecommerce is led forward by thee
    Into ever-widening buying and selling
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my netizen awake.
    (Report) Reply

    Akteruzzaman Chowdhury (10/12/2015 9:15:00 AM)

    Surely a new genre! !

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 20, 2016


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