Dec 01, 2023
Dec 01, 2023
|Dear Kumud-babu, I was deeply moved by the poem. I could almost see Lucy sitting next to your daughter. Thank you for this lovely piece.|
In my view one who does not love dogs is less than human. Your story told so admirably reminded me of this Tagore poem. Here is my Lucy who was like my second daughter -|
Tears, idle tears
Originally written on 1st November 2002
|Dear Kumud-babu, I was touched by your transcreation of this poem. In my small way, I experienced a somewhat similar experience with the dog in my story. Add to it the fact that I have been a dog lover since my childhood.|
Here is what Tagore says on the subject -|
Every morning this dog, very attached to me,
Quietly keeps sitting near my seat
Till touching its head
I recognize its company.
This recognition gives it so much joy
Pure delight ripples through its entire body.
Among all dumb creatures
It is the only living being
That has seen the whole man
Beyond what is good or bad in him
It has seen
For his love it can sacrifice its life
It can love him too for the sake of love alone
For it is he who shows the way
To the vast world pulsating with life.
When I see its deep devotion
The offer of its whole being
I fail to understand
By its sheer instinct
What truth it has discovered in man.
By its silent anxious piteous looks
It cannot communicate what it understands
But it has succeeded in conveying to me
Among the whole creation
Transcreation of poem 14 from the collection Arogya by Rabindranath Tagore. During the closing years of his life every morning at Santiniketan the poet used to take his breakfast sitting on the verandah. At that time a stray dog used to sit very patiently at his feet. The breakfast consisted of a few slices of bread and a cup of tea. This dog shared it with the poet – but the bread had got to be buttered, otherwise it wouldn’t touch it. They – the poet and the dog – became great friends. Occasionally when it absented itself from this habitual meeting the poet made his attendants seek it out.
|Dear Amrita: Couldn't have agreed with you more. Something needs to be done for these beautiful and loving creatures.|
Beautifully written... and sadly true... that we banish our four legged friends in India.... till they become a real menace to the community. |
I am sure more can be done... let all dog lovers unite... LET US DO SOMETHING !
|Dear k2s: That was a wonderful comment. It is not without reason that a dog is called "man's or woman's best friend". This statement is backed by centuries of wisdom I guess. If you get a chance and if you've not read him already, try Jack London. Superb.|
WOW what a beautiful story about the dog in Japan! It makes me want to cry just imagining the loyalty and faith. You are right Kerman, they are a real pleasure to have around. They don't know of any other way to show their love for their master. Its either there or not there. There is nothing called selected loyalty to a few in their behaviour, unlike we humans who tend to have different scales of affection for each other.|
And btw, great to see you here K!
|Dear Kerman: The advantage here is that I can collect all my contributions in one place. Besides, the blog platform allows you to edit as many times as you like. You can even delete something you don't like anymore. IL doesn't allow this. Otherwise it is a nice site where you make excellent friends.|
lovely narration really heart touching... somehow we humans always want other living beings to adjust with us and form rules and regulations for them...
the loyalty of animals know no boundaries and they are such a pleasure to have around....
ps missing you on IL
|Dear k2s: You have made a very important observation. The dog is a practical animal you say! At least, in my story, it certainly was. But this is not always the case I think. There was a true story about a dog in Japan whose owner didn't return from office one day. It was his practice to wait for the owner at the station in the evening. The dog went and waited everyday till he died. They built a small monument for the dog near the station. His owner had died and that is why he didn't return one day.|
In many ways a dog's attitude to life (or any animal I suppose) is much more practical than what we humans follow. The only attachment I can think of is between a mother and the pup, and that too only for a brief period. After that everybody goes their own way to figure out what their life is all about and live the way they like. With this psyche we can avoid so many of our human psychological conditions don't you think???|
Loved the narration of the episode, OJ da. It now makes me wonder if I am also supposed to be an animal lover (a cat to be specific). We seem to have some kinda bond from previous birth maybe. No matter how much I ignore her, she still makes it a point to visit me and make herself comfortable in my backyard. But then again no expectations are laid on the table here and I am fine with that type of understanding.
|A wonderful exposition on the dog's psyche and his thoughts about us-the humans!|