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The Religion of Man (1931), delivered as the Hibbert Lectures at Oxford in 1930, is an extensive and commanding exposition of Tagore's understanding of the meaning and significance of religion in the cultural history of man. The Manchester Guardian commented 'no series of the Hibbert Lecture has aroused more public interest then the present one.'

The Religion of Man for Tagore is not a question of theory but a thing of experience. Most people are born into a religion; few earn their own. Tagore did. He delivered these lectures when he was nearly seventy. They are as his mature reflection on the subject.

About the Author

One of India's most cherished renaissance figures, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) put us on the literary map of the world when his Gitanjali was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1913. a poet's poet he is a maker of not only modern Indian literature but also the modern Indian mind and civilisation. Myriad-minded, he was a poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, essayist, painter and composer of songs. Gandhi called him the 'Great Sentinel'. His world-wide acclaim as social, political religious and aesthetic thinker, innovator in education and a champion of the 'One World' idea makes him a living presence.

Preface

The chapters included in this book, which comprises the Hibbert Lectures delivered in Oxford, at Manchester College, during the month of May1930, contain also the gleanings of my thoughts on the same subject from the harvest of many lectures and addresses delivered in different countries of the world over a considerable period of my life.

The fact that one theme runs through all only proves to me that the Religion of Man has been growing within my mind as a religious experience and not merely as a philosophical subject. In fact, a very large portion of my writings, beginning from the earlier products of my immature youth down to the present time, carry an almost continuous trace of the history of this growth. Today I am made conscious of the fact that the works that I have started and the words that I have uttered are deeply linked by a unity of inspiration whose proper definition has often remained unrevealed to me.

In the present volume I offer the evidence of my own personal life brought into a definite focus. To some of my readers this will supply matter of psychological interest; but for others I hope it will carry with it its own ideal value important for such a subject as religion.

My sincere thanks are due to the Hibbert Trustees, and especially to Dr. WHo Drummond, with whom I have been in constant correspondence, for allowing me to postpone the delivery of these Hibbert Lectures from the year 1928, when I was too ill to proceed to Europe, until the summer of 1930. I have also to thank the Trustees for their very kind permission given to me to present the substance of the lectures in this book in an enlarged form by dividing the whole subject into chapters instead of keeping strictly to the lecture form in which they were delivered in Oxford. May I add that the great kindness of my hostess, Mrs. Drummond, in Oxford, will always remain in my memory along with these lectures as intimately associated with them?

In the Appendix I have gathered together from my own writings certain parallel passages which bring the reader to the heart of my main theme. Furthermore, two extracts, which contain historical material of great value, are from the pen of my esteemed colleague and friend, Professor Kshiti Mohan Sen. To him I would express my gratitude for the help he has given me in bringing before me the religious ideas of medieval India which touch the subject of my lectures

Contents

 

Preface vii
Man's Universe 1
The Creative Spirit 13
The Surplus in Man 37
Spiritual Union 51
The Prophet 60
The Vision 76
The Man of My Heart 95
The Music Maker 106
The Artist 115
Man's Nature 128
The Meeting 140
The Teacher 148
Spiritual Freedom 163
The Four Stages of Life 173
Conclusion 185
Appendix  
The Baul Singers of Bengal 188
Dadu and the Mystery of Form 207
Night and Morning 215

 

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The Religion of Man

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The Religion of Man (1931), delivered as the Hibbert Lectures at Oxford in 1930, is an extensive and commanding exposition of Tagore's understanding of the meaning and significance of religion in the cultural history of man. The Manchester Guardian commented 'no series of the Hibbert Lecture has aroused more public interest then the present one.'

The Religion of Man for Tagore is not a question of theory but a thing of experience. Most people are born into a religion; few earn their own. Tagore did. He delivered these lectures when he was nearly seventy. They are as his mature reflection on the subject.

About the Author

One of India's most cherished renaissance figures, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) put us on the literary map of the world when his Gitanjali was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1913. a poet's poet he is a maker of not only modern Indian literature but also the modern Indian mind and civilisation. Myriad-minded, he was a poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, essayist, painter and composer of songs. Gandhi called him the 'Great Sentinel'. His world-wide acclaim as social, political religious and aesthetic thinker, innovator in education and a champion of the 'One World' idea makes him a living presence.

Preface

The chapters included in this book, which comprises the Hibbert Lectures delivered in Oxford, at Manchester College, during the month of May1930, contain also the gleanings of my thoughts on the same subject from the harvest of many lectures and addresses delivered in different countries of the world over a considerable period of my life.

The fact that one theme runs through all only proves to me that the Religion of Man has been growing within my mind as a religious experience and not merely as a philosophical subject. In fact, a very large portion of my writings, beginning from the earlier products of my immature youth down to the present time, carry an almost continuous trace of the history of this growth. Today I am made conscious of the fact that the works that I have started and the words that I have uttered are deeply linked by a unity of inspiration whose proper definition has often remained unrevealed to me.

In the present volume I offer the evidence of my own personal life brought into a definite focus. To some of my readers this will supply matter of psychological interest; but for others I hope it will carry with it its own ideal value important for such a subject as religion.

My sincere thanks are due to the Hibbert Trustees, and especially to Dr. WHo Drummond, with whom I have been in constant correspondence, for allowing me to postpone the delivery of these Hibbert Lectures from the year 1928, when I was too ill to proceed to Europe, until the summer of 1930. I have also to thank the Trustees for their very kind permission given to me to present the substance of the lectures in this book in an enlarged form by dividing the whole subject into chapters instead of keeping strictly to the lecture form in which they were delivered in Oxford. May I add that the great kindness of my hostess, Mrs. Drummond, in Oxford, will always remain in my memory along with these lectures as intimately associated with them?

In the Appendix I have gathered together from my own writings certain parallel passages which bring the reader to the heart of my main theme. Furthermore, two extracts, which contain historical material of great value, are from the pen of my esteemed colleague and friend, Professor Kshiti Mohan Sen. To him I would express my gratitude for the help he has given me in bringing before me the religious ideas of medieval India which touch the subject of my lectures

Contents

 

Preface vii
Man's Universe 1
The Creative Spirit 13
The Surplus in Man 37
Spiritual Union 51
The Prophet 60
The Vision 76
The Man of My Heart 95
The Music Maker 106
The Artist 115
Man's Nature 128
The Meeting 140
The Teacher 148
Spiritual Freedom 163
The Four Stages of Life 173
Conclusion 185
Appendix  
The Baul Singers of Bengal 188
Dadu and the Mystery of Form 207
Night and Morning 215

 

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