Atmatran “Defending One’s self” by R.Tagore translated by Ranu

English: Photo of Rabindranath Tagore, taken i...

English: Photo of Rabindranath Tagore, taken in 1905 or 1906 by the poet and artist Sukumar Ray, father of Satyajit Ray (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a song from Tagore’s collection,named ” Rabindra-Sangeet”

Oh Lord , my prayer to you is not to save me from danger __

but to strengthen my mind so I am not afraid of danger.

I do not expect you to console me when I am in pain or  suffering,

I need the courage to conquer sadness.

If I am unable to get a companion     make me able enough  to carry on alone_

If I suffer loss,    because of deceit,

give me the resilience to protect my mind.

I am not praying to save me___

I want help so that I do not give up.

DO not console me by lightening my burden,

but inspire me to carry the burden gracefully.

In days of happiness  humbly I will recognize you__

In my nights of sadness when the world deceives me

keep me from doubting you,my Lord!

21 thoughts on “Atmatran “Defending One’s self” by R.Tagore translated by Ranu

  1. Dear Ranu,

    I very much like this from Tagore. So very beautiful. It is a prayer for God to grow the essence of the human being. It resonates something of Iqbal to me.

    Thank you for this.

    All good wishes,

    robert

  2. What a fine poetry:
    I am not praying to save me
    I want help so that I do not give up.

    A prayer to remember by heart, an excellent choice for translation and the translation looks really smooth.

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