Friday, September 21, 2018

Carpe Diem's Weekend Meditation #51 Tagore's "Endless Time"

!!! Open for your submissions next Sunday September 23rd at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Time flies. September is running towards its end and we will enter the last quarter of 2018. Really time flies. Tomorrow is already yesterday as I create this new weekend meditation. I ran through Tagore's poetry and found a nice poem about time. It is titled "endless time" and that's the poem to work with this weekend.

But let us first make a quick trip back in time. Here at CDHK we have had earlier posts about time and time is changing ... I remember an episode about Khalil Gibran about time and maybe you can remember that episode in our Santiago De Compostela month. I will give you the links to those posts at the end of this weekend meditation.

Okay ... back to the poem by Tagore to work with this weekend. Try to catch the essence of this poem in a haiku or tanka, in other words try to distil your haiku or tanka from this poem or ... and that's okay too you can share a haiku or tanka inspired on this poem by Tagore.

Endless Time (© Dr. Feelgood)

Endless Time

Time is endless in thy hands, my lord. 
There is none to count thy minutes. 

Days and nights pass and ages bloom and fade like flowers. 
Thou knowest how to wait. 

Thy centuries follow each other perfecting a small wild flower. 

We have no time to lose, 
and having no time we must scramble for a chance. 
We are too poor to be late. 

And thus it is that time goes by 
while I give it to every querulous man who claims it, 
and thine altar is empty of all offerings to the last. 

At the end of the day I hasten in fear lest thy gate be shut; 
but I find that yet there is time. 

© Rabindranath Tagore

What a wonderful poem this is. It has a rich meaning I think. It describes the circle of life or the path of life so to say. We all are on our path of life making choices that will influence our life. Sometimes our choices are not good. For example: I once took the path of the occult and that brought me illness and suicidal thoughts, but praise ... I found my way back and took the right path again.
Time sometimes plays with us to learn us the secrets of a righteous life and that's (in my opinion) the deeper meaning of this poem by Tagore.

Here are the links to the mentioned episodes:

Episode 914
Episode 1124

And not so long ago (last summer) I challenged you to create a Troiku on Time that episode you can find HERE.

Well ... time ... it's an everlasting theme and I hoe that you can find the inspiration this weekend to meditate and contemplate about time and share your haiku or tanka "distilled" from the poem by Tagore with us all next Sunday September 23rd.

This weekend-meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday September 23rd at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until September 30th at noon (CEST). Have a great weekend!

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