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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of Rabindranath Tagore's-'Leave This Chanting and Singing' Review

Summary of Rabindranath Tagore's-'Leave This Chanting and Singing'

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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In this poem “Leave This Chanting And Singing” Tagore deplores all selfish and barren ritualism (mere performance of rituals without any thought of general being). Tagore bids the holy man of prayer to abandon the outdated method of chanting, singing and murmuring loud prayers by holding tight the chain of beads one by one. He stresses on the holy man to contemplate on the fact of finding God inside a lonely dark room with all the doors shut. He must try to open his eyes inside the dark room to see whether God is really there in front of him. Will he even come near to the presence of God and expect a positive interaction with the Great Unknown? God is not in the dark chamber where the so called devotee is meditating and chanting hymns turning his back upon the world of toiling humanity.
                    God is everywhere but His face can be mysteriously seen by the eyes of one’s heart in perhaps some of the most unusual places of the world. According to Tagore, God stands with the tiller who is tilling the hard ground and the path-maker who is breaking stones in the open air. He is with both of them in the heat of the sun and the shower of the summer rain, yet strengthening them unknowingly. Tagore even imagines that in the process even God’s garment is covered with dust. So he advises the holy man to at least try to imitate God by removing the ‘holy mantle’- the mendicant’s loose robe- and set foot upon the dusty soil.
                   After all man’s ultimate spiritual goal is to seek God’s deliverance. This is the liberation of the soul from the cycle of birth and death. God has bound himself in the process of creation and accepted its joys and sorrows. To be Godly is not to be restricted to self meditation and needless ritualistic flowers and incense, but let his clothes be tattered and stained for God’s sake. He should learn it the hard way to seek and find the face of God amidst the face of the world. God does not listen to his prayers, for he is with the poor and the down trodden. True religion consists in love of man and in lending a helping hand to the less fortunate men and women who struggle hard to make a bare living. Like Vivekananda and many other seers, Tagore believes that service of man is the service of God. That man is to be pitied who is seeking to find his personal salvation by running away from the world.
Published: June 22, 2010   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    what rituals does the traditional worshipper follow? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    GoD is not to be restricted to self meditation and needless ritualistic flowers and incense, but let his clothes be tattered and stained for God’s sake. He should learn it the hard way to seek and find the face of God amidst the face of the world. Thursday, February 06, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the delivarence in leave this chanting ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Creation Friday, March 01, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    mention some of the rituals observed during worship in the poem. View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    "god helps the people who work hard".-discuss the statement with the reference to R.N. tagore's poem "leave this chanting and singing". View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    Accordinging to the poet,can one meet god? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    yes. Sunday, July 21, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    does god homself enjoy total deliverance?What keeps him busy allm the time? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    God does not want deliverance because deliverance is liberation and leaving this world. He has not only created mankind, but has also come to stay with mankind. He wishes not to leave. That is the message in this poem. Thursday, May 19, 2011
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the traditional mode of worshipp? where does in Tagore's opinion,God live?Do you agree with him? What do you understand by the word deliverance?Do you believe in rebirth? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the poet's call to the readers? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    The poet's call to the readers is to seek god among the persons who do the dirtiest and the heaviest of works, the tillers, stone breakers and pathmakers, fearing not their clothes being stained as god's. Anyway then they would be close to their god. Thursday, May 19, 2011
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