Topic– Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
7) The most central theme in Tagore’s philosophy is the human being, his or her potential and the question of how this potential can be reached. Discuss.(250 words)
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to delve into the Tagore’s philosophy, highlight its salient aspects and discuss in detail about the importance and role of a human being.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- write a few introductory lines about the R.N Tagore. E.g Rabindranath Tagore was not a systematic philosopher, but the worldview behind his works and his ideas are complex as well as original. He developed a spiritual humanism that connected ancient Indian philosophical ideas with Western ideas and gave them his own original twist.
Discuss in points, his philosophy about the human being- its role, objectives etc. E.g
- He believed that human beings could fulfil their potential and find freedom and fulfilment through love, knowledge and freedom, if they succeeded in connecting their narrow self with the universal Being.
- For Tagore, the beginning of the world is a story of creation as well as evolution. He uses scientific models, while ascribing the forces that cause evolution to God’s powers. For Tagore, God has two aspects: One is a monotheistic personal God, the other is brahman, which can be translated as being, consciousness, bliss, supreme reality, and All.
- Humans are, according to Tagore, freer than any other being on Earth: they have reached an unprecedented high level of physical freedom regarding their senses, their tools as well as their habitat,
- But humans use their unique mental abilities not only for the necessities of life but also for trying “to prove that they are not a mere living catalogue of endless wants; that there is in them an ideal of perfection, a sense of unity, which is a harmony between parts and a harmony with surroundings
- Tagore’s approach can be summarized as “spiritual humanism,” because it is a form of spirituality rooted in this world and centred on human beings.
- He argued that the goal of unity between self and world does not entail denying the individual-human and the loss of the self. He wanted to retain individuality despite the imperative of overcoming the self.
Conclusion- based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.