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“The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.” -Rabindranath Tagore

Throughout our day-to-day lives we encounter many small truths — to explain them is simple. But we also encounter the Truth. We turn away because it is so great that we cannot explain it. There are no words to fully explain it, nor any intellect to fully comprehend it. All we need to do is be still, and wait.

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Service Was Joy

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” -Rabindranath Tagore

I know Tagore was not a Christian, but I take many of the things he says and interpret them through a Christian lens. In this case, it reminds me of serving and loving God; and to serve and love God, one must serve and love his fellow man. So those secular humanists who wish to focus solely on their fellow man and leave God out of the picture, might actually find their Christian counterparts just as knee deep in service to man as they are, if not deeper on many spiritual levels.

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“From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest”

This is another quote from Tagore. Again, very simple but so meaningful. It reminds us that what we might think of as holy, divine, important, meaningful, serious etc is not always what God is looking for. In fact, it is often the opposite of what He is looking for. The innocence of children is what God admires. The temple, of stone and wood; the priests, perhaps in their black robes busy with some serious church business (or temple business); they are nothing compared to the children, who in a spirit of freedom and innocence run out of man’s tower of babel, and play in the dust, the least of God’s creation, and to which we all return. Let’s be more like children…

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“Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God’s dust is greater than your idol.” -Rabindranath Tagore

I’m not going to get into the religious views of Tagore on this blog, but I will quote him a few times, as I think he is very quotable! I love this quote for its directness and simplicity. God’s dust, figuratively the least of his creation, is greater than an idol of man, something that man holds to be of ultimate concern. Money is an idol and always has been…so is “American Idol” these days LOL…but all our man-made idols are shattered not against God, but just the least of his creation. What imagery…the smallest thing God creates utterly ‘shatters’ the greatest things we can make in substitution of Him. This also shows that an idol does not even stand in direct opposition to God, for nothing compares to Him. It only can stand in opposition to His creation, and even at that it fails completely.

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