Tagore 5 in praise of meditation

Thursday, October 24

“In easy times you don’t have to be so careful about your language, you will spontaneously find playful words, wise with kindness. In hard time it helps to pay attention to word choices. I decided to choose one prayer or poem each work day for a while.” {Wednesday September 25, 2013}

Looking for a post this work day morning stirred memories I sometimes overlook. Here is one, a prayer-poem rediscovered c. 7:20 today as if it were completely new, a blessing from a century ago sent my way by Rabindranath Tagore, that endlessly surprising writer. I’m glad to pass it along.

Blessings on your day.

john sj


I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by thy side,
The works that I have in hand
I will finish afterwards.
Away from the sight of thy face my heart knows
no rest nor respite,
and my work becomes an endless toil
in a shoreless sea of toil.
Now is the time to sit quiet, face to face with thee
and to sing dedication of life
in this silent and overflowing leisure.

Tagore 5

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