Tolstoy wrote a book called ‘ The Pathway of Life’ which is a collection of wisdom from writers that Tolstoy felt were valuable to him, with pieces from himself that made up a volume that could be read by anyone as a guide to living well. Tolstoy was famously revered for his novels ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘War and Peace’ , highly respected by the literary hierarchy , James Joyce expressing his esteem “He is never dull, never stupid, never tired, never pedantic, never theatrical!”.
But Tolstoy was not confined to literature, he was a social advocate, a peace advocate and a man who struggled to understand his place in a universe not so different from the one we inhabit. Man’s impact on the world, and on itself continued to trouble him. The writings he left as a legacy are inspirational, instructive, life-enhancing. A man who created dreams which leaders of men caught and ran with, making real differences to how governments have acted. I wrote a blog here detailing some aspects of Tolstoy’s life, https://amonikabyanyuvva.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/i-woke-up-thi/
HIs output was phenomenal and many of his works are now available online through open-source projects. For me, I continue to dip and dive into the wealth of different writings he produced, a profligate man of genius who retained his humanity , his ability to reach out to his fellow-man beyond his own mortality. Astonishing. In his own words:
“There can be only one permanent revolution—a moral one: the regeneration of the inner man.”
I thought of Tolstoy when I read this beautiful piece from Tagore. I am beginning to believe in a force of ultimate truth, I know not what, that holds all life unified. I don’t mean a religious god, but an unchanging glorious adventurous mystery that has unity in all things.
“When I asked you to mould with my life an image from your heart for you to love, you brought your fire and force, and truth, loveliness and peace. “