A Quote by Tagore – Clouds come floating into my life
Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add colour to my sunset sky.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
Dark, angry clouds can create turbulence. They can, at times, be the harbingers of thunderstorm or cloudbursts that bring about destruction and mayhem, while at other times fleeting scattered clouds can add hues and shades to the orange sunset sky.
Similarly, adversities and challenges in life can either cause havoc and chaos in your life or add the colours of experience to your life, depending on how you face them.
The quote refers to being in the state of mind wherein you become aware of your feelings, to the extent that the ups and downs of life no longer perturb, distress or frighten you, but you accept them as a part of your life and look upon them as opportunities to learn from.
Here are some other of my favourite quotes by Tagore:
The echo mocks her origin
To prove she is the original.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
This quote delves into the human psyche and finds universal relevance.
In the image, we see that reflection is so similar to the original that it is difficult to tell apart the shadow from its origin.
Similarly, rebounding echoes can create confusion, which makes it difficult to distinguish between the original sound and the reverberation. The phenomenon is also applicable to emotions, the distinction between emotions and remembered emotions being complex. Sometimes, after a moment passes, the remembered emotions resurface, and memories of the moment leave a stronger impact than the moment itself.
The universal relevance of the echo phenomenon can even be found in today’s competitive marketplace. Copies, we see, are often louder than original, and duplicates find their place in the market.
The quote is taken from the book ‘Stray Birds’, a collection of short poems and aphorisms written by Tagore. In the poems, Tagore draws inspiration from nature and describes the splendour of nature, in a way so beautiful that it soothes the soul. The short, simple and lucid verses flow with ease, leaving a lingering memory in the heart and mind.
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough.
Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
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