The Religion of Man

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The Religion of Man (1931) is a compilation of lectures by Rabindranath Tagore, edited by him and drawn largely from his Hibbert Lectures given at Oxford University in May 1930.[1] A Brahmo playwright and poet of global renown, Tagore deals with largely universal themes of God, divine experience, illumination, and spirituality. A brief conversation between him and Albert Einstein, "Note on the Nature of Reality", is included as an appendix.


  • Preface
  • I. Man's Universe
  • II. The Creative Spirit
  • III. The Surplus In Man
  • IV. Spiritual Union
  • V. The Prophet
  • VI. The Vision
  • VII. The Man of My Heart
  • VIII. The Music Maker
  • IX. The Artist
  • X. Man's Nature
  • XI. The Meeting
  • XII. The Teacher
  • XIII. Spiritual Freedom
  • XIV. The Four Stages Of Life
  • XV. Conclusion


  • I. The Baul Singers of Bengal
  • II. Note on the Nature of Reality
  • III. Dadu and the Mystery of Form
  • IV. Night and Morning



  1. ^ The Religion of Man, preface by Rabindranath Tagore
  2. ^ Tagore, Rabindranath, The Religion of Man (1931, The MacMillan Company), contents page