Mysticism In Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali: An Overview

Showkat Hussain Dar


Mystic poetry occupies a significant position in the domain of world literature for it primarily focuses on internal rather than external realities, inner rather than outer truth, spiritual rather than materialistic worlds and metaphysical rather than physical journeys. In other words, it may be described as the spirit of Mysticism is one of the prominent features of Tagore’s poetry and his Gitanjali is no exception to it. It is an offering of songs to God. In this poem, he simply acknowledges God’s greatness and glory. In Gitanjali, the communion of man with God, a new understanding of man’s relation to the world is conveyed to us in masterly efforts which are intensely mystic. His joyous acceptance of death as the gateway to a fuller life links Rabindranath Tagore again with the greatest mystics of the world. The songs of Gitanjali, are songs mainly of the closest personal connection between the poet and Eternal, as lover and beloved, wife and husband, servant and master, as if the poet were trying to approach the reality in a personal way through personal relationship. This is a unique feature of his mysticism.  

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