I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. – Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), was a Bengali mystic, poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, and composer whose works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became Asia’s first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Tagore first wrote poems at the age of eight. At the age of sixteen, he published his first substantial poetry under the pseudonym Bhanushingho (“Sun Lion”) and wrote his first short stories and dramas in 1877. In later life Tagore protested strongly against the British Raj and gave his support to the Indian Independence Movement. Tagore’s life work endures, in the form of his poetry and the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University. (Source: wikipedia.com)
A selection of his books:
Sadhana: The Realization of Life
The Tagore Reader: Gitanjali, Songs of Kabîr, Thought Relics, Sadhana: The Realization of Life, Stray Birds, The Home and the World
The Heart of God: Prayers by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthology