I read this beautiful poem once again today. It made me reflect on fear and a mind without fear that embraces freedom.
Where the mind is without fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
Chitto jetha bhoyshunyo (Bengali: চিত্ত যেথা ভয়শূন্য। Pronounced Chitto Jetha Bhoyshunno) (Where the mind is without fear) is a poem written by Rabindranath Tagore before India’s independence. It represents Tagore’s vision of a new and awakened India. The original Bengali language poem was published in 1910 and was included in the 1910 collection Gitanjali and, in Tagore’s own translation, in its 1912 English edition.