Anyone who writes about Rabindranath Tagore will soon discover that his concept of the Jiban-debata must be mentioned. It is not at all easy to explain what the Jiban-debata was and what it meant to Tagore. It can be literally translated as ‘life-deity’, but that does not get us very far. In several places in his prose writings, Tagore himself attempted to explain the concept, and in a series of essays that were later brought together into a volume called Atmaparichay (Of Myself, Visva-Bharati, 1943), he gave special attention to the Jiban-debata, describing how his life and works were an expression ...


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