Tagore would have loved the Inner and Outer Ecology

by Ishita Bose Sarkar

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Tagore would have loved the Inner and Outer Ecology

This soulful Rabindro sangeet expresses the connection that Tagore believed in strongly;  the ultimate end of humanity was achieving harmony with everything around in this outer world and the inner world. The eternal flow of time, the way the world sways through the high and the low tides …  the same rhythm is present in the  flow of my veins, he says. He goes on to say how his heart seeks out the unknown that lies within everything known. (the exploration / the search)

The Inner and Outer Ecology Programme held at Bhoomi College believes in much the same principles. As we are nature, our well being is affected by the imbalance of the inner and the outer. We can draw parallels from nature to/ in our lives. Despite the reality in today's fast paced world we have lost touch and alienated ourselves from what is natural. To reconnect with that nature within and outside, we need time and space to reflect, explore and search within. That’s what these programmes enable us to do.

A lonely child, Tagore was often left to fend for himself and thus began his journey within; sitting by the window looking out into nature, writing down his thoughts and feelings. This continued as he grew up and he kept delving within to find the power to go on,  as he faced loneliness, rejection, death. The pain of his being became the song of his heart. The inner and the outer merged in his songs, compositions, drawings and stories.

‘Aaksh bhora surjo tara bisho bhora pran
Tahari majh khane peyecchi mor sthan…’

Tagore’s intimate contact with Nature helped him discover his inner being. It made him establish a relationship with Nature outside, a relation of being a part of the whole. He felt the fact that we are able to interpret Nature, know it, appreciate it, shows that it is akin to human consciousness.

The Gaia meditations, touching one's innermost thoughts and feeling, some shared, some never shared, stories of the bygone eras, told and untold, a sense of the community around and feeling held and challenged at the same time, experiencing embeddedness by being in nature,  these are some of the experiences of the Inner and Outer Ecology programme… I’m sure Tagore in his own way would have deeply experienced and exuberantly endorsed these!

The invitation in these programmes is to touch the mystery and the magic of the inner and the outer;  the feeling of wonderment at touching the depths and finding the space for oneself in the larger expansiveness that holds us. Tagore’s eloquent verses mirror much the same thoughts.