Rabindranath Tagore

(7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941 / Calcutta (Kolkata), Bengal Presidency / British India)

Where The Mind Is Without Fear


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Thursday, June 30, 2011

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/6/2014 3:45:00 AM)

    Love to the country and praying to great god and such nice things in philosophical contexts made into a good poem by the great poet and it is very great. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (6/5/2014 10:41:00 PM)

    ..........to live in a peaceful world, where your mind is without fear would be truly wonderful....enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/14/2014 10:08:00 AM)

    Ravindranatha Tagore's famous work Gitanjali which has got nobel prize is a precious book to read with. It is widely read and enjoyed and a particular feeling of holistic life comes to the mind. A great poem from the great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Soumita Sarkar (12/24/2013 6:26:00 AM)

    Excellent Mr.Nair....................portrayal of a society infected by innumerable malady................GOOD! (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/22/2013 10:48:00 AM)

    Now where minds are always in fear and heads are hung low
    Where knowledge comes with capitation fees
    A world broken in a million fragments by violence
    Where words come for the depths of untruth
    Where every body is too lazy to strive for perfection
    And the muddy stream of madness is overflowing
    Into every once green terrain and clean habitat
    Where minds are now gleefully led by the devil
    Into the ever narrowing lanes of inaction
    From this nightmare, my Father, let this world awake...

    (With regards to Gurudev Tagore and sadness at the state of affairs of this world now) (Report) Reply

  • Hn Pande (7/11/2013 4:14:00 AM)

    with my father, the poet refers to the whole country, his people which he believes to be a power trapped in a net.
    who mention their omnipotent to be such a tree upon whom the BENEDICTION of rituals of knowledge,
    deep spirit and holy caliber is bestowed.
    oh what a great soul for composition of a paradise which mention a dream ''IF MY COUNTRY WERE TO BE FREE.
    and to state a deep sorrow of missing his free world by open eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Vedanth Bhatnagar (7/8/2013 7:06:00 AM)

    He is referring to God, Pratik Sourabh. And, Wahab Abdul, this was of the time when India was not independent, it was written before independence, don't disgrace such a beautiful poem. Tagore, I salute you! (Report) Reply

  • Pratik Sourabh (10/21/2012 4:21:00 AM)

    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake - Who is he referring to by my father? ? (Report) Reply

  • Babu Gohel (10/30/2011 5:09:00 AM)

    Tagore expresses his love and feelings his country in this poem. he prays to god to make his country perfect.he has many wishes for his country in his hear.he wants that the people should not have any kind of fear.the people should live their life with self respect.he wants that everybody should get free knowledge and the people will live together with unity.the mind of the people should be truthful and they should constantly strive for perfection.the people should should not become slave of bad habits.the people should have clarity of thoughts.he also says that the world has not broken up into fragment by narrow domestic walls.in this way poet prays for freedom for his country.in this way poet also presents his dreams of ideal india.


    in short, this poem is patriotic poem and i love this winner the noble prize poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bhavdip Chavda (4/20/2011 11:55:00 AM)

    This is the reason for the Nobel Prize.
    Such a thinking, such a devotion deserve the Nobel Prize... (Report) Reply

  • Rabina Baga (2/5/2011 12:58:00 PM)

    fear is the thing that deter a person to perform well. the fear of punishing by teacher for not doing assignment compell students to complete it even it does not fall on their desire giving inefficient results.the poet has vented out his desire on awaking his country into the heaven of freedom and where every hardly done actions will pay off, there would be no superstitions(instead reason should be there to claim and follow something) .in real terms it is crystal clear that the poet is hopeful of positive outcomes after they get freedom. (Report) Reply

  • Nishit Parikh (12/6/2010 6:15:00 AM)

    a gr8 poem indded... he prays god 2 control our minds in d indian people whu discimanate against caste, creed, sex, etc.... he wishes dat india get a heavenly freedom from d british and h e nos dat 1 day d indians will awake in2 a heaven of freedom..... and everyone will be proud of india..... its a part of gitanjali...................... (Report) Reply

  • Allison Semmes (3/29/2010 10:22:00 PM)

    When we live without fear, we experience freedom: physical freedom (a world without 'domestic walls') , mental freedom (clear stream of consciousness free from 'dead habit') , and essentially, spiritual freedom (returning to truth and perfection) . (Report) Reply

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