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I Slept, Awoke, Joy (Tagore)

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and found that life was service.  I acted and, behold, service was joy.”

                     (by Rabindranath Tagore)

Commentary:  Tagore was a sage and a giant of both character and literature in the first half of the 20th century.  He was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in literature.  He was a famous educator by establishing a most remarkable ‘school’ in which students were both free and inspired to learn.  He was unquestionably one of the great personalities of the 20th century due to his spiritual, emotional, mental maturity and passion for being.  His legacy to us in the field of education, literature, and religious and spiritual writing is vast and wide.