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ON THE NATURE OF REALITY
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.
Endless Time by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a Bengali polymath and a renaissance man of his era. He was born in Kolkata, India.
His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays have been an epicenter of wisdom. Tagore was the first ever Asian recipient of the Nobel Prize.
Beginning with Einstein’s discoveries in the early 1900s, time became a curvature of space-time. It is still a huge discovery. It came from no-place as it seems to Einstein by Gedankenexperiment (“mind” experiments — thought experiments carried out in the mind only). The universe is somehow constructed on subatomic particles that flit in and out of space-time. Watch this short video for some artistic insight:
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Oh how wonderful to discover Tagore on your blog! We used to sing a poem of his in school as part of our morning assembly every single day..”Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high..where knowledge is free…” and so it went- the words were so profound and inspiring and have stayed with me. HIs collection of poetry ‘Geetanjali’ won the Nobel – My name is ‘Anjali’ – a sanskrit word meaning ‘offering’ for (god)..and Geetanjali – was an offering of poems (Geet meaning songs or poetry),
Really enjoyed your post and learnt something new – that Tagore and Einstein knew each other! Thank you for sharing 🙂
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One of my favorite poets. What I especially like about what you post Eric is how you feature both science and art and show their correlation in the mosaic that becomes the sum of our life experiences.
You have an interesting mind I bet.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
Tagore was a profound thinker. However, he is really mostly recalled for poetry.
Art and philosophy must be involved as picking apart the data towards assembly of answers in this whole struggle with how cosmology and quantum particles will be joined. We don’t have the ability to “see” the actual occurrence of what is going on at the meeting of energy and matter.
Tagore and Einstein were friends and they had many conversations – some that are recorded. In fact, Tagore will feature into one of my future Einstein’s nightmares posts that are in my drafts. Tagore’s views were highly valued by Einstein. They both were able to fathom highly complex systems and abstract thinking and concepts.
Science to me actually isn’t a left brain activity. I am intuitive and spontaneous. I tend to be a little scatter-brained and disorganized and teaching was a better match for me. I was a business management major- after a few changes including psychology and computer programming and I always enjoyed drawing when I was young but didn’t continue developing that. I am a philosopher by nature and I tend to be very patient with exploring ideas and varying concepts. I am really good at making abstract and concepts understandable for others.
I am very good at facilitating meetings and project management.
I am sometimes apt to go with a hunch and find myself off on a tangent… not often anymore but it was a problem until maybe 20 years ago and it still happens although not when risk is involved usually anymore.
I love to explore possibilities. Being a Christian is somewhat difficult sometimes because my understanding of God’s will is somewhat strikingly different from lots of people – its simple to me – God wants us to be loving. I have learned to state my ideas simply – or from other sources rather than disagree – for example, I may say “What do you think about ___?” I’d keep my opinion to myself if it may be a stark contrast. However, I may point out what someone widely known had to say on the topic. Usually though I can manage to just keep discussion simple and centered on God’s love for us.
I’m serious about myself and others practicing acceptance and on encouraging spirituality and inner peace. People involved in drama and judging each other want something more simple; I believe. Having open minds and accepting hearts is much an easier way to be. When people find this out they tend to become something of what they were built to be and may even strive thereafter to become authentic and genuine (not knowing they were not for some time perhaps).
Thanks for making comment Nancy.
There are many paths to the same destination. I am spiritual but am not in an organized religion. I suppose my church is nature itself. I believe we are all connected and science and art are a part of that whole.
I find your posts very thought provoking. My interests vary wildly and you hit on many of them.
Thanks for sharing Eric. I really appreciate your reply.