'Where The Mind Is Without Fear' by Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore a.k.a. Thakur was born on May 7, 1861 in Calcutta. He reshaped literature and music to a great extent. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1913. Tagore is our William Shakespeare closer home! He founded Shanti Niketan, which was later renamed Visva-Bharati University. It grew to become one of India’s most renowned places of higher learning.

Some of Tagore’s writings were highly implacable and his poems projected the love for his homeland. He was also knighted in 1915 but he renounced his knighthood in 1919 in response to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

His poem Where the mind is without fear is nothing but a plea for India’a independence. So as to be free, only a fearless spirit can hold his head high, so the poet wishes to be awakened to a state of mind without fear. The poem is very inspirational and can have a profound effect on the mind of the reader. It is a pure reflection of his utmost faith and he wants everyone to imbibe the same ideology.

We present the most profoundly beautiful poem of Rabindranath Tagore – Where the Mind is Without Fear. Also watch the video and listen to the poem’s reading:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.