Rabindranath Tagore—“The Greatest of The Bāuls of Bengal”

  title={Rabindranath Tagore—“The Greatest of The Bāuls of Bengal”},
  author={Edward C. Dimock,},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={33 - 51}
  • E. Dimock,
  • Published 1 November 1959
  • Art
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
When Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 andwas thereby rocketed into international prominence, the literary and theological worlds were afflicted with a rash of speculation as to whether or not his ideas were basically Christian. “The God of Gitanjali is no impersonal, imperturbable absolute of Hindu philosophy, but…whether He be explicitly Christ or not, He is at least a Christ-like God, and the experience of His suppliant and lover is one with the deepest core of… 

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FRANZ, HEINRICH GERHARD. Ein unbekannter Stupa der Sammlung Gai und die Entvvicklung des Stupa im Gebiet des alten Gandhara. ZDMG 109 no. 1 (1959), 128-47. GIMMI, SALIM KHAN. Baloch folk songs.



I am dying, and the burden of them is strapped to my headif only I could cast it off, perhaps I could survive

    I shall cast my burden off, and then I shall gain your feet

      A song of Madana Baul, in Bangla \avya paricaya

        But you will pull me out, and with your own hand you will save me

          79 A song of Lalan Phakir

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          Fruit-gathering, song no. XLI

            I cannot throw off my vanity and pride, and I am drifting

              A song of Bhaba Baul, from the writer's collection