Gitanjali : PAGE - 24
I have got my leave. Bid me farewell, my brothers! I bow to you all and take my
Here I give back the keys of my door - and I give up all claims to my house. I only ask
for last kind words from you.
We were neighbours for long, but I received more than I could give. Now the day has
dawned and the lamp that lit my dark corner is out. A summons has come and I am
ready for my journey.
At this time of my parting, wish me good luck, my friends! The sky is flushed with the
dawn and my path lies beautiful.
Ask not what I have with me to take there. I start on my journey with empty hands
and expectant heart.
I shall put on my wedding garland. Mine is not the red-brown dress of the traveller,
and though there are dangers on the way I have no fear in mind.
The evening star will come out when my voyage is done and the plaintive notes of the
twilight melodies be struck up from the King's gateway.
I was not aware of the moment when I first crossed the threshold of this life.
What was the power that made me open out into this vast mystery like a bud in the
forest at midnight!
When in the morning I looked upon the light I felt in a moment that I was no stranger
in this world, that the inscrutable without name and form had taken me in its arms in
the form of my own mother.
Even so, in death the same unknown will appear as ever known to me. And because I
love this life, I know I shall love death as well.
The child cries out when from the right breast the mother takes it away, in the very
next moment to find in the left one its consolation.
When I go from hence let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is
I have tasted of the hidden honey of this lotus that expands on the ocean of light, and
thus am I blessed - let this be my parting word.
In this playhouse of infinite forms I have had my play and here have I caught sight of
him that is formless.
My whole body and my limbs have thrilled with his touch who is beyond touch; and if
the end comes here, let it come - let this be my parting word.
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