I have been traveling long
My way is also long
When I had first started it was early dawn.
From planet to planet, from star to star
I have left my footprints along a winding path
Through so many hills and dales
Through so many lands.
To come close one has to travel far
It is very difficult indeed
But not to one who is straight at heart.
Traversing many alien countries
The traveler comes to his own land at last
Only after wandering in the outside world
One can find one’s own inner God.
To say, ‘Here you are’,
I looked in so many places, so many ways I walked
But you are there everywhere in this world
Which we flood with tears
Crying, ‘Where are you, O where!’
Translation of poem 14 from the collection Gitimalya by Rabindranath Tagore.
The original is at http://www.rabindra-rachanabali.nltr.org/node/13175.