Thursday Satsang – January 3, 2019
Reading of Rabindranath Tagore’s “Gitanjali”
with John David Wilson
John will be reading and discussing Tagore’s poem,
Gitanjali; a poem that is meditative and beloved around the world.
…The English Gitanjali or Song Offering is a collection of 103 English poems of Tagore’s own English translations of his Bengali poems first published in November 1912 by the India Society of London. It contained translations of 53 poems from the original Bengali Gitanjali, as well as 50 other poems… In 1913, Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, largely for the English Gitanjali.
…The word gitanjali is composed from “geet”, song, and “anjali”, offering, and thus means – “An offering of songs”; but the word for offering, anjali, has a strong devotional connotation, so the title may also be interpreted as “prayer offering of song”… From wikipedia.org.
“When I go from hence, let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable.
I have tasted of the hidden honey of this lotus that expands on the ocean of light, and thus I am 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 who 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.”
Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali: Song Offerings
6:00 p.m. Hatha Yoga
7:00 p.m. Meditation with John David Wilson
8:30 p.m.Vegan Soup and Clean-Up
9:00 p.m. Prayers and Meditation
All are welcome! Come for the entire evening, or join at any time. There is no need to make reservations. Simply show up and enjoy yourself!
6:00 – 7:00: Hatha Yoga for Everyone! ($10)
7:00 – 7:30: Guided Meditation (free!)
7:30 – 8:30: Inspiring Presentation and discussion (donation appreciated)
8:30 – 9:00: Vegetarian soup (suggested donation $3)
9:00: Evening Prayers and Clean-up