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5.0 out of 5 stars The God of his life, September 20, 2008
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I can't read Bengali so I have no way of knowing how faithful Br. James Talarovic was to Rabindranath Tagore's GITANJALI. I have read other translations, even Tagore's own, and at the very least I can say that Talarovic's ring true; that is to say they put words to the dark nights and twilit days of my spirit. Whether this is because Talarovic is a poet in his own right, or because he gave himself to the Bengali language (see his Bengali for Foreigners: Basic Grammar, Basic Vocabulary With Sentences, Secondary Vocabulary, English-Bengali-Transliteration), Br. James was truly in love with Tagore's soul so much that he translated his GITIMALYA and GITALI as well (although at present only the GITANJALI is in print).

I can't recommend Br. James Talarovic's translation of the GITANJALI enough. Besides the quality of the poetry we are indebted to Talarovic for doing what even Rabindranath Tagore didn't do, which was to translate the entire GITANJALI rather than parts of it. SHOW YOURSELF TO MY SOUL is, for me, as edifying as any translation of Rumi, and -- I would venture to say -- equally as profound.
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Initial post: Dec 6, 2008 11:04:21 AM PST
S. Arab says:
Mr. Schogol -
I would like to respectfully disagree with your claim that Tagore was not a Hindu. In terms of Christianity, Unitarianism may not be fully Christian, but in Hindu terms (and in Indian culture), the Brahmo Samaj is considered a part of the Hindu samaj (community). Being monotheistic does not make the Brahmo Samaj not Hindu. In the same way, if you are interested to research, is the Arya Samaj, which is Hindu and actually tied to the formation of the Brahmo Samaj.

Unlike Christianity, Hinduism does not have sacrament, or strict rules that define who is a Hindu and who is not. It is not monolithic but within it are many hundreds of denominations that vary much widely in their beliefs than the denominations in Christianity. It is a much more pluralistic in its setup.

Thanks for your time.
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