On Joy: Tagore's Sense Is It's Everywhere

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:02am

On Joy: Tagore's Sense Is It's Everywhere

by Mariah Helgeson (@mariahism),  associate producer

"Joy is everywhere; it is in the earth’s green covering of grass; in the blue serenity of the sky; in the reckless exuberance of spring; in the severe abstinence of grey winter; in the living flesh that animates our bodily frame; in the perfect poise of the human figure, noble and upright; in living; in the exercise of all our powers; in the acquisition of knowledge; in fighting evils; in dying for gains we never can share. Joy is there everywhere."

—Rabindranath Tagore, from Sadhana: The Realisation of Life

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Mariah Helgeson is an associate producer at On Being. She earned a degree in International Affairs with concentrations in the Middle East and Conflict Resolution from George Washington University. She grew up in Minnesota and was a program associate at the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network. When she’s not submerged in a good book she might be found laughing with her teenage sisters or playing chamber music.

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When I taught high school world literature, I would use Tagore's works for quotes of the day on the blackboard and on the class website.

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Were there any quotes, in particular, that resonated with your students?

Those nuns are definitely joyous; however, it looks like they're throwing a water balloon at the camera, rather than playing basketball!!
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All the more reason to choose this photo!