[PDF] Last Passage of Rabindranath Tagore’s Speech at Berlin’s Friedrich Wilhelm University (Today’s Humboldt University), on 1st June 1921.
Transcript from the recording of the speech. Used by Rustom Bharucha in his lecture at Iniva, June 2014.
“India holds sacred and counts as places of pilgrimage, all spots which display a special beauty or splendour of nature. The Himālayas of India are sacred and the Vindhya hills. Her majestic rivers are sacred. Lake Mānasa and the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamunā are sacred. India has saturated with her voice and worship the great nature with which her children are surrounded, whose light fills their eyes with gladness, and whose water cleanses them, whose food gives them life, and from whose majestic mystery comes forth constant declaration of the infinite in music, scent, and colour, bringing awakening to their souls. India gains the world through worship, through communion of soul. (…)”