Today, 7 May, marks the birthday of two renowned people of this world – Rabindranath Tagore and Lord Buddha. Both the cultural icons taught us a lot of valuable lessons that we need to know and teach our future generations.
First let us know who they were. Rabindranath Tagore was a renowned poet, author, painter who became the first Asian Nobel laureate and the first non-European to get the prize for literature in 1913. He composed our very own Indian national anthem Jana Gana Mana. You will be surprised to know that such a scholar was homeschooled. He travelled to more than 30 countries to talk about the richness of Indian culture.
Gautama Buddha was born as a prince of a kingdom who gave away all materialistic things at his young age to walk on the path of spirituality and enlightenment. His father wanted Buddha to become one of the powerful kings. However, Buddha chose the path after seeing the sufferings and pain of common people. Lord Buddha is the founder of Buddhism, which preaches compassion and kindness among human beings.
Some interesting thoughts of both the leaders that one can take inspiration from:
1) Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation.
2) I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door- or i’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
3) Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
1) Whatever we are is the result of what we thought till date. If a person speaks or acts with bad thinking, then he gets pain only. If a person speaks or works with pure thoughts, then happiness like his shadow never leaves him.
2) Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, a human being cannot live without a spiritual life.
3) A jug fills with a drop.