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 flow 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 world awake

from Gitanjali – by Rabindranath Tagore