Rabindranath Tagore‘s poem echoes the words of Thomas Merton: humans fall in love and falling is painful. If rejected, the rejection is painful. When accepted by another, it is true gift that speaks through acceptance and the other’s reciprocity.
Love is an endless mystery is a perfect line. There is no full explanation of what love is and why people love one another. When two people find each other and find love, it just is and is freely given and accepted. There are no conditions attached and its beauty radiates from an internal place.
When we are in love, we express a presence and attentiveness to the other person and objects that move beyond words. Mindfulness is a silent expression of love.
Love adorns itself;
it seeks to prove inward joy by outward beauty.
Love does not claim possession,
but gives freedom.
Love is an endless mystery,
for it has nothing else to explain it.
Love’s gift cannot be given,
it waits to be accepted.
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Went looking up Taggore and was so interested to read more about him. Thanks for bringing him to my attention. Beautiful words, lovely sentiments.
Thank you and you are welcome.
I prefer the ‘finding each other’ over ‘falling’ in love. It seems to flow best with Tagore’s concepts here. Aloha, Ivon.
Perhaps, it is once we find each other we fall in love? I am just getting used to Tagore’s poetry, so your comment helps me think more deeply. Thank you.
beautiful words from a beautiful man. Eve
Thank you Eve.
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REMINDS ME A LITTLE OF 1ST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 13, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE.
Love is patient. Love is kind.
And keeps no record of wrongs!
It does not.
Good wisdom has many sourcees—thanks for sharing, Ivon!
You are welcome Jonathan.
Beautiful! Well said, Ivon!
Thank you Amy.
Love is a strange and mysterious thing. But we’re lucky when it touches our lives.
We truly are.
Please could you have a check at some of my poems would be more than appreciated ✨
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