Salutation To The Dawn

Sharing one of my favorite poems written by the Indian dramatist, Kalidasa:

Look to this day!

For it is life, the very life of life.

In its brief course

Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:

The bliss of growth

The glory of action

The splendor of beauty,

For yesterday is but a dream

And tomorrow is only a vision,

But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day!

Such is the salutation to the dawn.

The ingredients to a happy life and a successful one is the Today at hand. Use the past for lessons and content – Use the future as a vision. But only live and work for Today – Just for Today…

3 thoughts on “Salutation To The Dawn

  1. Thank you for sharing this poem. I have missed feelings towards it. It gives me a sense of security and sensibility for knowing that we live for today, that each day can affect tomorrow. At the same time it is kind of depressing knowing that you have to let go of the past, or it’s gone no way to relive it. It became a dream that is affecting your present.

  2. Kalidasa’s poem has a resounding theme of focusing on the present day, not looking to invest heavily in the past or the future. As the previous student mentioned, Kalidasa frames the poem around New Year’s Day, calling us to treat every day as a new beginning with the same “bliss of growth”. Just as we make resolutions and view New Year’s Day with optimism, so should we have the same perspective for each day. The author gives practical advice, stating that a day lived well makes yesterday a “dream of happiness” and gives hope for tomorrow to begin. This makes living in the moment sensible and reassures the audience that there will be no missed opportunities by doing so.

  3. It should be mentioned that the great dramatist and poet of Sanskrit language Kalidasa lived in the 5th century CE. These wise words are very ancient.

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