Rabindranath Tagore and World Peace
Throughout his life Rabindranath Tagore strongly believed that until the big andÂ powerful nations, aided by their superiority and vast technological advancement, ceasedÂ their desire for territorial expansion and control over the smaller nations, world peaceÂ could never be achieved. Thus war was the consequence of the necessary logic ofÂ aggressive western materialism that developed in the early part of the 20th century, withÂ science divorced from spirituality, by which some of those nations dragged the greaterÂ part of the world into the pit of destruction. According to the poet, peace could beÂ achieved only when diverse races and nations were free to evolve into their distinctÂ characteristics, whilst all would be attached to the stem of humanity through theÂ bondage of love. He ardently believed that world peace could be achieved only if bothÂ the East and the West met on a common ground and on terms of equal fellowship:â€œwhere knowledge flows in two streams â€“ from the East and from the Westâ€ and â€œinÂ their unity is perceived the oneness of Truth that pervades and sustains the entireÂ Universe.â€
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