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the only truth I know is my own experience

Man’s happiness December 4, 2007

photo by axinia


Man’s abiding happiness is not in getting anything
but in giving himself up to what is greater than himself,
to ideas which are larger than his individual life,
the idea of his country,
of humanity,
of God.


poem by Tagore



4 Responses to “Man’s happiness”

  1. digitalpoetry Says:

    Beautiful photo!

  2. destinationinfinity Says:

    It is always strange to realize happiness by giving up the very source of getting it. Its like asking a child to give up ice-creams or chocolates. But as you get older, this philosophy actually works because of the experiances you tend to have and your corresponding disbelief for material sources of happiness alone. Or maybe you just get so used to these things that they no longer make you happy. Anyways, in India we believe in a higher sense of intellectual happiness and spiritual happiness like what is mentioned in the vedas and by the yogis. I remember a quote in this context: “There are two things to aim at in life – first to get what you want and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second”. Your quote by Tagore was also nice. Thnx.

  3. axinia Says:

    thanks, destinationinfinity, what a wise comment!
    I agree with you. I often see who people around me keep getting what they want but abolutely can not enjoy it…common case…
    I blieve that spirit, though hidden soooo deep is still moch more powerful than matter.

  4. radha Says:

    i wrote this poetry in my skype “bubble set up”. Thank u!

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