Salutation to the Dawn

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 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.
- Kalidasa, Indian Poet

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17 Responses to Salutation to the Dawn

  1. salazar ushra says:

    very right indeed. one ought not to look for the moments in his life but the “life” in his moments! really feel every moment with concentration and sensuality so that you become a part of the flow and compete in the dance of the cosmos. its okay. life itself is enough of an inspiration and we do not necessarily need the crutch of religion or the hankering after more and more. less is more provided we can milk it for all its worth.

  2. duncan says:

    misquote in that Kalidasa poem you might fix –

    should be “splendor of achievement”…..

  3. [...] 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 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. – Kalidasa, Indian Poet [...]

  4. leonell jan says:

    ^^ the bliss of growth and the glory of action wrong

  5. Franc Mosbaugh says:

    I’m sure this has been translated from Hindi so really, to comment on the rightness or wrongness of a word in the poem is moot, once one receives the message. Enjoy your day!

  6. Michelle says:

    When i was young at Camp Centennial on lake Simcoe Ontario we raised a flag every morning and collectively recited this poem. that was in the 60′s and I’m almost 50 years old now and it remains in mind and I am thankful and remember the campers who shared the experience. Michelle Milner

  7. Lorna Klohn says:

    I also learnt this at Camp Sorec in the Okanagan at least 60 years ago, and I still say it on accosion when I am out at sunrise. It is a beautiful poem.

  8. Shirley Carter says:

    I also stood around a flagpole and said this every morning at Explorer and CGIT camp at Kenneserie on Lake Erie. it was sixty years ago and I still love these words.

  9. kheem says:

    The bliss of growth,the glory of action is correct i have my own copy from my teacher..

    the splendor of beauty is also correct..

  10. Franc Mosbaugh says:

    Oh yeah? Well, MY mother used to sing it at camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park in 1925 (that’s almost 90 years ago. LOL! that being said, its origins date much further back than any of us could ever remember. The message resonates throughout time because it is a fundamental of the human condition.

  11. Alexanne says:

    My dad sang it at Taylor Statten Camp in algonquin park in 1976 , every morning at the flag raising , and so did I in 2007 to 2009 :) !

  12. Marie says:

    This was said every morning at Camp MacLennan, Chance Habour, Nova Scotia, Canada. I attended there 6 summers as a child. (now 57 years)

  13. Anil C Rai says:

    This is indeed a beautiful poem which we were taught in school.About you guys talking of your parent knowing about it as far back as 1925 it’s no surprise if you read this extract about the writer Kalidasa I’ve placed below.
    “One of the greatest Sanskrit poets that India has ever had, the life history of Kalidas is absolutely fascinating and interesting. Though the exact time of his fame is not known, it is estimated that he survived around the middle of the 4th or 5th century A.D. This is roughly the period of the reign of the famous Chandragupta, the successor of Kumaragupta. An insight into the biography of the great Indian poet Kalidasa provides us with an immense amount of detailed information about the places he traveled and the kind of life he led.”

  14. Gioharry says:

    It is definitely shortened:

    Listen to the exhortation of the dawn,
    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 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.

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