Saturday, March 24, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #25 Use That Quote

!!! Open for your submissions next Sunday, March 25th, at 7:00 PM (CET)  !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation. This weekend I have chosen for "Use That Quote". In this feature I will give you a quote for your inspiration to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form.

For this weekend meditation I have chosen a quote by Rabindranath Tagore, one of my favorite Indian poets.

Rabindranath Tagore
Let me tell you first a little background on Tagore:

Viswakavi (World Poet) Rabindranath was born on May 9, 1861 in Bengal. His father Maharihi Devendranath Tagore was a rich man and an aristocrat and his mother was Sarada Devi. He was the eighth son and fourteenth child of his parents. Rabindranath Tagore was not sent to any school. He was educated at home by a tutor. Rabindranath was not happy, getting educated within the four walls. He was a curious and creative child. Even as a boy he felt that nature is a mystery and he should unravel the secrets of nature, through education.

Though he was educated at home, he studied many subjects and there was a method in his studies. He would get up early. After physical education he would study Mathematics, History, Geography, Bengali and Sanskrit. In the afternoon, he learnt drawing, English and play games. On Sundays he would learn music and conduct experiments in science. Reading plays was of special interest to him. He was happy to read plays of Kalidas and Shakespeare. He had a special interest in Bengali, which was his mother-tongue.

Rabindranath started writing poetry in Bengali. His poem “Sandya Geet” (Song of Dusk) was appreciated by many, including Sri Bankimchandra Chatterji, who wrote the National song “vandemataram”. He later wrote in Bengali a number of devotional songs “Nivgarer”, “Prabhat Sangeet” etc.

“Gitanjali” is a well-known collection of his poems. Gitanjali contains his various noble thoughts common to the vast humanity, viz. pessimism, love, satisfaction, dignity of labour etc. for this book “Gitanjali” Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1931. Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. Rabindranath Tagore was the first Indian to get a Nobel Prize and the British Government conferred on him knighthood and gave the title of “Sir”.
He breathed his last on August 7, 1941, leaving his thoughts and ideas for all to follow.

Cover Gitanjali
Here is the quote to work with:

[...] "The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." [...]  Rabindranath Tagore.

A nice quote I think. It gives possibilities to create Japanese poetry with this quote for your inspiration I think.

such fragility
a butterfly rests on my hand
precious moment

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday March 25th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 1st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, another beautiful poem by Rumi, the Mystical Poet, later on.

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