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Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

Volume 9

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Volume 9

  • Letters (Fifth Series)
  • Lectures and Discourses
  • Notes of Lectures and Classes
  • Writings: Prose and Poems (Original and Translated)
  • Conversations and Interviews
  • Excerpts from Sister Nivedita's Book
  • Sayings and Utterances
  • Newspaper Reports


  • Letters - Fifth Series

  • I Sir
  • II Sir
  • III Sir
  • IV Balaram Babu
  • V Tulsiram
  • VI Sharat
  • VII Mother
  • VIII Mother
  • IX Mother
  • X Mother
  • XI Mother
  • XII Mother
  • XIII Mother
  • XIV Mother
  • XV Mother
  • XVI Mother
  • XVII Mother
  • XVIII Mother
  • XIX Mother
  • XX Mother
  • XXI Mother
  • XXII Mother
  • XXIII Mother
  • XXIV Mother
  • XXV Mother
  • XXVI Mother
  • XXVII Mother
  • XXVIII Mother
  • XXIX Mother
  • XXX Mother
  • XXXI Mother
  • XXXII Mother
  • XXXIII Mother
  • XXXIV Mother
  • XXXV Mother
  • XXXVI Mother
  • XXXVII Mother
  • XXXVIII Mother
  • XXXIX Mother
  • XL Mrs. Bull
  • XLI Miss Thursby
  • XLII Mother
  • XLIII Mother
  • XLIV Mother
  • XLV Mother
  • XLVI Mother
  • XLVII Miss Thursby
  • XLVIII Adhyapakji
  • XLIX Mother
  • L Mother
  • LI Mother
  • LII Mother
  • LIII Mother
  • LIV Mother
  • LV Friend
  • LVI Mother
  • LVII Mother
  • LVIII Sir
  • LIX Mother
  • LX Doctor
  • LXI Mother—
  • LXII Mother—
  • LXIII Mother
  • LXIV Mother—
  • LXV Mother
  • LXVI Mother—
  • LXVII Friend
  • LXVIII Mrs. G. W. Hale
  • LXIX Christina
  • LXX Mother—
  • LXXI Sister Christine
  • LXXII Isabelle McKindley
  • LXXIII Christina
  • LXXIV Christina
  • LXXV Christina
  • LXXVI Your Highness
  • LXXVII Sir—
  • LXXVIII Christina—
  • LXXIX Mrs. Ole Bull
  • LXXX Sir
  • LXXXI Mrs. Bull
  • LXXXII Mrs. Funkey
  • LXXXIII Mrs. Bull
  • LXXXIV Christina
  • LXXXV Mrs. Bull—
  • LXXXVI Miss Thursby
  • LXXXVII Friend
  • LXXXVIII Christina
  • LXXXIX Mrs. Funkey
  • XC Christina
  • XCI Christina
  • XCII Mrs. Bull—
  • XCIII Sir
  • XCIV Mrs. Bull—
  • XCV Mother—
  • XCVI Sir
  • XCVII Mrs. Bull
  • XCVIII Blessed and Beloved
  • XCIX Christina
  • C Miss Noble
  • CI Miss Noble—
  • CII Christina
  • CIII Madras Comittee
  • CIV Gentlemen
  • CV Christina
  • CVI Mrs. Bull—
  • CVII Ram Ram
  • CVIII Miss Noble
  • CIX Lalajee
  • CX Badri Sah
  • CXI Mother—
  • CXII Mrs. Bull—
  • CXIII Friend
  • CXIV Shivananda
  • CXV Christina
  • CXVI Sister Christine
  • CXVII Miss Noble
  • CXVIII Christina
  • CXIX Margaret
  • CXX Dhira Mata—
  • CXXI Jagmohan
  • CXXII Miss MacLeod
  • CXXIII Sir
  • CXXIV Miss Macleod / Mrs. Bull
  • CXXV Mr. J. J. Goodwin’s Mother
  • CXXVI Your Highness—
  • CXXVII Christina
  • CXXVIII Your Highness—
  • CXXIX Your Highness—
  • CXXX Margot
  • CXXXI Nivedita
  • CXXXII Christina
  • CXXXIII Raja
  • CXXXIV S
  • CXXXV Margot
  • CXXXVI Sir
  • CXXXVII Margot
  • CXXXVIII Christina
  • CXXXIX Miss Macleod
  • CXL Christina
  • CXLI Christina
  • CXLII Sister Christine
  • CXLIII Mother
  • CXLIV Isabel—
  • CXLV Christina
  • CXLVI Mother Church
  • CXLVII Mother
  • CXLVIII Christina
  • CXLIX Christina
  • CL Christina
  • CLI Christina
  • CLII Christina—
  • CLIII Mrs. Bull—
  • CLIV Christina
  • CLV Dhira Mata—
  • CLVI Mother
  • CLVII Margot
  • CLVIII Mother
  • CLIX Christina
  • CLX Brahmananda
  • CLXI Christina
  • CLXII Margo
  • CLXIII Joe—
  • CLXIV Christina
  • CLXV Sister Christine
  • CLXVI Margot
  • CLXVII Margot
  • CLXVIII Mother
  • CLXIX Christina
  • CLXX Abhedananda
  • CLXXI Christina
  • CLXXII Christina
  • CLXXIII Christina
  • CLXXIV Christina
  • CLXXV Mrs. Hansbrough—
  • CLXXVI Sister Christine
  • CLXXVII Mrs. Hansbrough—
  • CLXXVIII Abhedananda
  • CLXXIX Christina
  • CLXXX Mrs. Leggett
  • CLXXXI Christine
  • CLXXXII Nivedita
  • CLXXXIII Christine
  • CLXXXIV Christina
  • CLXXXV Mother
  • CLXXXVI Alberta
  • CLXXXVII Christina—
  • CLXXXVIII Margo
  • CLXXXIX Sister Christine
  • CXC Your Highness—
  • CXCI Mother—
  • CXCII Sir
  • CXCIII Margot
  • CXCIV Christine
  • CXCV Introduction
  • CXCVI Christine
  • CXCVII Mother
  • CXCVIII Mrs. Hansbrough—
  • CXCIX Friend—
  • CC Christina
  • CCI Christine
  • CCII Christine
  • CCIII Christine
  • CCIV Christine
  • CCV Christina
  • CCVI Christina
  • CCVII Margo
  • CCVIII Christina
  • CCIX Chrisitne
  • CCX Christine
  • CCXI Christine
  • CCXII Christine
  • CCXIII Sister Christine
  • CCXIV Christine
  • CCXV Joe—
  • CCXVI Joe—
  • CCXVII Mrs. Hansbrough
  • CCXVIII Margo
  • CCXIX Christine
  • CCXX Mother
  • CCXXI Joe—
  • CCXXII Christine
  • CCXXIII Mademoiselle
  • CCXIV Christine
  • CCXXV Christine
  • CCXXVI Christine
  • CCXXVII Christine
  • I

    ( Translated from Bengali)

    To Balaram Bose

    Glory to Ramakrishna

    GHAZIPUR

    February 6, 1890

    RESPECTED SIR,

    I have talked with Pavhari Baba. He is a wonderful saint — the embodiment of humility, devotion, and Yoga. Although he is an orthodox Vaishnava, he is not prejudiced against others of different beliefs. He has tremendous love for Mahâprabhu Chaitanya, and he [Pavhari Baba] speaks of Shri Ramakrishna as "an incarnation of God". He loves me very much, and I am going to stay here for some days at his request.

    Pavhari Baba can live in Samâdhi for from two to six months at a stretch. He can read Bengali and has kept a photograph of Shri Ramakrishna in his room. I have not yet seen him face to face, since he speaks from behind a door, but I have never heard such a sweet voice. I have many things to say about him but not just at present.

    Please try to get a copy of Chaitanya-Bhâgavata for him and send it immediately to the following address: Gagan Chandra Roy, Opium Department, Ghazipur. Please don't forget. Pavhari Baba is an ideal Vaishnava and a great scholar; but he is reluctant to reveal his learning. His elder brother acts as his attendant, but even he is not allowed to enter his room.

    Please send him a copy of Chaitanya-Mangala also, if it is still in print. And remember that if Pavhari Baba accepts your presents, that will be your great fortune. Ordinarily, he does not accept anything from anybody. Nobody knows what he eats or even what he does.

    Please don't let it be known that I am here and don't send news of anyone to me. I am busy with an important work.

    Your servant,

    NARENDRA

    II

    ( Translated from Bengali)

    To Balaram Bose

    Glory to Ramakrishna

    GHAZIPUR

    February 11, 1890

    RESPECTED SIR,

    I have received your book. In Hrishikesh, Kali [Swami Abhedananda] has had a relapse and is again suffering from what seems to be malaria. Once it comes, the fever does not easily leave those who have never had it before. I too suffered the same way when I first had the attack of fever. Kali has never had the fever before. I have not received any letter from Hrishikesh. Where is . . . ?

    I am suffering terribly from a backache which began in Allahabad. I had recovered from it some time back, but it has recurred. So I will have to stay here awhile longer because of my back and also because Babaji [Pavhari Baba] has requested it.

    What you have written about uncooked bread is true. But a monk dies that way, not like the breaking of a cup and saucer. This time I am not going to be overcome by weakness in any way. And if I die, that will be good for me. It is better to depart from this world very soon.

    Your servant,

    NARENDRA

    III

    ( Translated from Bengali)

    To Balaram Bose

    Salutation to Bhagavan Shri Ramakrishna

    GHAZIPUR

    February 1890

    RESPECTED SIR,

    I have received an anonymous letter which I have been unable to trace back to the gigantic soul who wrote it. Indeed, one should pay homage to such a man. He who considers a great soul like Pavhari Baba to be no more than water in a hoof print, he who has nothing to learn in this world and who feels it a disgrace to be taught by any other man — truly, such a new incarnation must be visited. I hope that if the government should discover the identity of this person, he will be handled with special care and be placed in the Alipore garden [zoo]. If you happen to know this man, please ask him to bless me, so that even a dog or a jackal may be my Guru — not to speak of a great soul like Pavhari Baba.

    I have many things to learn. My master used to say: "As long as I live, so long do I learn". Also please tell this fellow that unfortunately I do not have the time to "cross the seven seas and thirteen rivers" or to go to Sri Lanka in order to sleep after having put oil in the nostrils. *

    Your servant,

    NARENDRA

    P.S. Please have the rose-water brought from Ishan Babu's [Ishan Chandra Mukherjee's] residence if there is delay [in their sending it to the Baranagore Math]. The roses are still not in bloom. The rose-water has just been sent to the residence of Ishan Babu.

    IV

    ( Translated from Bengali)

    To Balaram Bose

    GHAZIPUR

    March 12, 1890

    BALARAM BABU,

    As soon as you get the railway receipt, please send someone to the railway warehouse at Fairlie Place (Calcutta) to pick up the roses and send them on to Shashi. See that there is no delay in bringing or sending them.

    Baburam is going to Allahabad soon. I am going elsewhere.

    NARENDRA

    PS. Know it for certain that everything will be spoiled if delayed.

    NARENDRA

    V

    To Tulsiram Ghosh

    GHAZIPUR

    10 May 1890

    DEAR TULSIRAM:*

    A basket of roses will be sent to you in a few days at Chitpur. Do you please send them up immediately to Shashi [Swami Ramakrishnananda, at the Baranagore Math]. They would not be sent to the care of Balaram Basu, for there would be such nice delays and that would be death to the flowers. I think if sent to Chitpur, to your depot, it would reach you there at the very place; if not, write sharp. Baburam [Swami Premananda] is here, going up in a day or two to Allahabad. I too am going off from this place very soon. I go perhaps to Bareilly and up. What is Balaram Babu [Balaram Bose] doing?

    My Pranâms etc. to you all.

    Yours affectionately,

    NARENDRA

    VI

    To Swami Saradananda

    Salutation to Bhagavan Ramakrishna

    CALCUTTA

    32 ASHADHA [JULY 15, 1890]

    MY DEAR SHARAT,

    I am sorry to learn that [Vaikunthanath] Sanyal's habits are as yet not Pucca [firm]; and what about Brahmacharya? I don't understand you. If so, the best thing for you both is to come down and live here. The widow of Mohindra Mukherjee is trying head and heart to erect a Math for you, and Surendranath Mitra has left another thousand so that you are very likely soon to get a beautiful place on the river. As for all the hardships up there, I reserve my own opinions.

    It was not at all my intention to come down, only the death of Balaram Bose had made me have a peep here and go back. If the mountains be so bad, there is more than enough place for me; only I leave Bengal. If one does not suit, another will. So that is my determination. Everyone here will be so glad at your return here, and from your letter I see it would be downright injurious to you if you didn't come down. So come down at your earliest opportunity. I will leave this place before this letter reaches you; only I won't go to Almora. I have my own plans for the future and they shall be a secret.

    As for Sanyal, I do not see how I can benefit him. Of course, you are at liberty to hold your own opinion about the Sanga [holy company] here. That I can find places Sudrishya [having scenic beauty] and Subhiksha [where alms are available] is enough. Sanga is not much, or, I think, not at all necessary for me.

    Yours, etc.,

    NARENDRA.

    VII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    MINNEAPOLIS

    21 November 1893.

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I reached Madison safely, went to a hotel, and sent a message to Mr. Updike. He came to see me. He is a Congregational and so, of course, was not very friendly at first; but in the course of an hour or so became very kind to me, and took me over the whole place and the University. I had a fine audience and $100. Immediately after the lecture I took the night train to Minneapolis.

    I tried to get the clergymen's ticket, but they could not give me any, not being the headquarters. The thing to be done is to get a permit from every head office of every line in Chicago. Perhaps it is possible for Mr. Hale to get the permits for me. If it is so, I hope he will take the trouble to send them over to me to Minneapolis if they can reach me by the 25th, or to Des Moines if by the 29th. Else I would do it the next time in Chicago. I have taken the money in a draft on the bank, which cost me 40¢.

    May you be blessed for ever, my kind friend; you and your whole family have made such a heavenly impression on me as I would carry all my life.

    Yours sincerely,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    VIII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    MINNEAPOLIS,

    24 November 1893.

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I am still in Minneapolis. I am to lecture this afternoon, and the day after tomorrow go to Des Moines.

    The day I came here they had their first snow, and it snowed all through the day and night, and I had great use for the arctics. (A waterproof overshoe.) I went to see the frozen Minnehaha Falls. They are very beautiful. The temperature today is 21o below zero, but I had been out sleighing and enjoyed it immensely. I am not the least afraid of losing the tips of my ears or nose.

    The snow scenery here has pleased me more than any other sight in this country.

    I saw people skating on a frozen lake yesterday.

    I am doing well. Hoping this will find you all the same, I remain,

    Yours obediently,

    VIVEKANANDA

    IX

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    DETROIT,

    14 February 1894.

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Arrived safely night before last at 1 o'clock a.m. The train was seven hours late, being blocked by snowdrifts on the way. However, I enjoyed the novelty of the sight: several men cutting and clearing the snow and two engines tugging and pulling was a new sight to me.

    Here I met Mr. Bagley, the youngest [Paul F. Bagley], waiting for me at the station; and, it being very late in the night, Mrs. Bagley* had retired, but the daughters sat up for me.

    They are very rich, kind and hospitable. Mrs. Bagley is especially interested in India. The daughters are very good, educated and good-looking. The eldest gave me a luncheon at a club where I met some of the finest ladies and gentlemen of the city. Last evening there was a reception given here in the house. Today I am going to speak for the first time. Mrs. Bagley is a very nice and kind lady. I hope the lectures will please her. With my love and regards for you all, I remain,

    Yours sincerely,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    PS — I have received a letter from Slayton* in reply to that in which I wrote to him that I cannot stay. He gives me hope. What is your advice? I enclose the letter [from Narasimhacharya] in another envelope. *

    Yours,

    V.

    X

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    DETROIT,

    20 February 1894.

    DEAR MOTHER,

    My lectures here are over. I have made some very good friends here, amongst them Mr. Palmer,* President of the late World's Fair. I am thoroughly disgusted with this Slayton* business and am trying hard to break loose. I have lost at least $5,000 by joining this man. Hope you are all well. Mrs. Bagley and her daughters are very kind to me. I hope to do some private lecturing here and then go to Ada and then back to Chicago. It is snowing here this morning. They are very nice people here, and the different clubs took a good deal of interest in me.

    It is rather wearisome, these constant receptions and dinners; and their horrible dinners — a hundred dinners concentrated into one — and when in a man's club, why, smoking on between the courses and then beginning afresh. I thought the Chinese alone make a dinner run through half a day with intervals of smoking!!

    However,they are very gentlemanly men and, strange to say, an Episcopal clergyman* and a Jewish rabbi* take great interest in me and eulogize me. Now the man who got up the lectures here got at least a thousand dollars. So in every place. And this is Slayton's duty to do for me. Instead, he, the liar, had told me often that he has agents everywhere and would advertise and do all that for me. And this is what he is doing. His will be done. I am going home. Seeing the liking the American people have for me, I could have, by this time, got a pretty large sum. But Jimmy Mills* and Slayton were sent by the Lord to stand in the way. His ways are inscrutable.

    However, this is a secret. President Palmer has gone to Chicago to try to get me loose from this liar of a Slayton. Pray that he may succeed. Several judges here have seen my contract, and they say it is a shameful fraud and can be broken any moment; but I am a monk — no self-defence. Therefore, I had better throw up the whole thing and go to India.

    My love to Harriets, Mary, Isabelle, Mother Temple, Mr. Matthews, Father Pope and you all.*

    Yours obediently,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XI

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    DETROIT

    February 22, 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have got the $200 for the engagements, $175 and $117 by private lectures* and $100 as a present from a lady.

    This sum will be sent to you tomorrow in cheques by Mrs. Bagley. Today, the banks being closed, we could not do it.

    I am going tomorrow to lecture at Ada, Ohio. I do not know whether I will go to Chicago from Ada or not. However, kindly let not Slayton know anything about the rest of the money, as I am going to separate myself from him.

    Yours obediently,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    DETROIT,

    10 March 1894.

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Reached Detroit safely yesterday evening. * The two younger daughters were waiting for me with a carriage. So everything was all right. I hope the lecture will be a success, as one of the girls said the tickets are selling like hot cakes. Here I found a letter from Mr. Palmer awaiting me with a request that I should come over to his house and be his guest.

    Could not go last night. He will come in the course of the day to take me over. As I am going over to Mr. Palmer's, I have not opened the awfully-packed bag. The very idea of repacking seems to me to be hopeless. So I could not shave this morning. However, I hope to shave during the course of the day. I am thinking of going over to Boston and New York just now, as the Michigan cities I can come and take over in summer; but the fashionables of New York and Boston will fly off. Lord will show the way.

    Mrs. Bagley and all the family are heartily glad at my return and people are again coming in to see me.

    The photographer here has sent me some of the pictures he made. They are positively villainous — Mrs. Bagley does not like them at all. The real fact is that between the two photos my face has become so fat and heavy — what can the poor photographers do?

    Kindly send over four copies of photographs. Not yet made any arrangement with Holden. (A lecture agent at Detroit.) Everything promises to be very nice. "Ssenator Ppalmer" * is a very nice gentleman and very kind to me. He has got a French chef — Lord bless his stomach! I am trying to starve and the whole world is against me!! He used to give the best dinners in all Washington! Hopeless! I am resigned!

    I will write more from Mr. Palmer's house.

    If the Himalayas become the inkpot, the ocean ink, if the heavenly eternal Devadaroo* becomes the pen, and if the sky itself becomes paper, still I would not be able to write a drop of the debt of gratitude I owe to you and yours. Kindly convey my love to the four full notes and the four half notes of the Hale gamut.*

    May the blessings of the Lord be upon you and yours ever and ever.

    Ever yours in grateful affection,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XIII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    DETROIT

    16 March 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Since my last, there has been nothing of interest here. Except that Mr. Palmer is a very hearty, jolly, good old man and very rich. He has been uniformly kind to me. Tomorrow I go back to Mrs. Bagley's because I am afra she is rather uneasy at my long stay here. I am shrewd enough to know that in every country in general, and America in particular, "she" is the real operator at the nose string.

    I am going to lecture here on Monday* and in two places near the town on Tuesday and Wednesday. * I do not remember the lady you refer me to,* and she is in Lynn; what is Lynn, where on the globe its position is — I do not know. * I want to go to Boston. What good would it do me by stopping at Lynn? Kindly give me a more particular ea. Nor could I read the name of the lady at whose house you say I met the lady. However, I am in no way very anxious. I am taking life very easy in my natural way. I have no particular wish to go anywhere, Boston or no Boston. I am just in a nice come-what-may mood. Something should turn up, bad or good. I have enough now to pay my passage back and a little sight-seeing to boot. As to my plans of work, I am fully convinced that at the rate it is progressing I will have to come back four or five times to put it in any shape.

    As to informing others and doing good that way, I have failed to persuade myself that I have really anything to convey to the world. So I am very happy just now and quite at my ease. With almost nobody in this vast house and a cigar between my lips, I am dreaming just now and philosophising upon that work fever which was upon me. It is all nonsense. I am nothing, the world is nothing, the Lord alone is the only worker. We are simply tools in His hands etc., etc., etc. Have you got the Alaska information? If so, kindly send it to me c/o Mrs. Bagley.

    Are you coming to the East this summer? With eternal gratitude and love,

    Your son,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XIV

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    DETROIT

    Tuesday, 27 March 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Herewith I send two cheques of $114 and $75 to be put in the banks for me. I have endorsed them to your care.

    I am going to Boston in a day or two. I have got $57 with me. They will go a long way. Something will turn up, as it always does. I do not know where I go from Boston. I have written to Mrs. [Francis W.] Breed but as yet heard nothing from her. * His will be done. Not I but Thou — that is always the motto of my life.

    With my eternal gratitude, love, and admiration for Mother Church and all the dignitaries,

    I remain your son,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XV

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    C/O DR. GUERNSEY

    528 FIFTH AVENUE

    NEW YORK

    2 April 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I am in New York. The gentleman [Dr. Guernsey] whose guest I am is a very nice and learned and well-to-do man. He had an only son whom he lost last July. Has only a daughter now. The old couple have received a great shock, but they are pure and God-loving people and bear it manfully. The lady of the house is very, very kind and good. They are trying to help me as much as they can and they will do a good deal, I have no doubt.

    Awaiting further developments. This Thursday [April 5] they will invite a number of the brainy people of the Union League Club and other places of which the Doctor is a member, and see what comes out of it. Parlour lectures are a great feature in this city, and more can be made by each such lecture than even platform talks in other cities.

    It is a very clean city. None of that black smoke tarring everyone in five minutes; and the street in which the Doctor lives is a nice, quiet one.

    Hope the sisters are doing well and enjoying their music, both in the opera and he parlour. I am sure I would have appreciated the music at the opera about which Miss Mary wrote to me. I am sure the opera musicians do not show the interior anatomy of their throats and lungs.

    Kindly give brother Sam* my deep love. I am sure he is bewaring of the vders.* Some of the Baby Bagleys are going to Chicago. They will go to see you, and I am sure you would like them very much.

    Nothing more to write. With all respect, love and obedience,

    Your son,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    PS — I have not to ask now for addresses. Mrs. Sherman (Mrs. Bagley’s married daughter.) has given me a little book with A., B., C., etc., marks and has written under them all the addresses I need; and I hope to write all the future addresses in the same manner. What an example of self-help I am!!*

    V.

    XVI

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    [C/O DR. EGBERT GUERNSEY

    528 FIFTH AVENUE]

    NEW YORK

    10 April 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I just now received your letter. I have the greatest regard for the Salvationists; in fact, they and the Oxford Mission gentlemen are the only Christian missionaries for whom I have any regard at all. They live with the people, as the people, and for the people of India. Lord bless them. But I would be very, very sorry of any trick being played by them. I never have heard of any Lord in India, much less in Ceylon. (Now Sri Lanka.) The people of Ceylon and northern India differ more than Americans and Hindus. Nor is there any connection between the Buddhist priest and the Hindu. Our dress, manners, religion, food, language differ entirely from southern India, much less to speak of Ceylon. You know already that I could not speak a word of Narasimha's language!! Although that was only Madras. Well, you have Hindu princesses; why not a Lord, which is not a higher title.

    There was a certain Mrs. Smith in Chicago.* I met her at Mrs. Stockham's. She has introduced me to the Guernseys. Dr. Guernsey is one of the chief physicians of this city and is a very good old gentleman. They are very fond of me and are very nice people. Next Fray I am going to Boston. I have not been lecturing in New York at all. I will come back and do some lecturing here.

    For the last few days I was the guest of Miss Helen Gould — daughter of the rich Gould* — at her palatial country resence, an hour's re from the city. She has one of the most beautiful and large green-houses in the world, full of all sorts of curious plants and flowers. They are Presbyterians, and she is a very religious lady. I had a very nice time there.

    I met my friend Mr. Flagg (William Joseph Flagg.) several times. He is flying merrily. There is another Mrs. Smith here who is very rich and pious. She has invited me to dine today.

    As for lecturing, I have given up raising money. I cannot degenerate myself any more. When a certain purpose was in view, I could work; with that gone I cannot earn for myself. I have sufficient for going back. I have not tried to earn a penny here, and have refused some presents which friends here wanted to make to me. Especially Flagg — I have refused his money. I had in Detroit tried to refund the money back to the donors, and told them that, there being almost no chance of my succeeding in my enterprise, I had no right to keep their money; but they refused and told me to throw that into the waters if I liked. But I cannot take any more conscientiously. I am very well off, Mother. Everywhere the Lord sends me kind persons and homes; so there is no use of my going into beastly worldliness at all.

    The New York people, though not so intellectual as the Bostonians, are, I think, more sincere. The Bostonians know well how to take advantage of everybody. And I am afra even water cannot slip through their closed fingers!!! Lord bless them!!! I have promised to go and I must go; but, Lord, make me live with the sincere, ignorant and the poor, and not cross the shadow of the hypocrites and tall talkers who, as my Master used to say, are like vultures who soar high and high in their talks, but the heart is really on a piece of carrion on the ground.

    I would be the guest of Mrs. Breed for a few days and, after seeing a little of Boston, I would come back to New York.

    Hope the sisters are all right and enjoying their concerts immensely. There is not much of music in this city. That is a blessing (?) Went to see Barnum's circus the other day. It is no doubt a grand thing. I have not been as yet downtown. This street is very nice and quiet.

    I heard a beautiful piece of music the other day at Barnum's — they call it a ish Serenada. Whatever it be, I liked it so much. Unfortunately, Miss

    Guernsey is not given to much thumping, although she has a good assortment of all the noisy stuffs in the world — and so she could not play it, which I regret ever so much.

    Yours obediently,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    PS — Most probably I will go to Annisquam as Mrs. Bagley's guest. She has got a nice house there this summer. Before that, I will go back to Chicago once more if I can.

    V.

    XVII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    C/O MISS FLORENCE GUERNSEY

    528 FIFTH AVENUE

    NEW YORK

    4 May 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Herewith I send over $125 in a cheque upon the 5th Avenue Bank to be deposited at your leisure.

    I am going to Boston on Sunday, day after tomorrow, and write to you from Boston. With my love to all the family.

    I remain yours truly,

    VIVEKANANDA.


    XVIII

    To Mrs. John J. Bagley

    HOTEL BELLEVUE

    EUROPEAN PLAN

    BOSTON

    May 8, 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have arrived in Boston again. Last afternoon [I] spoke at Mrs. Julia Ward Howe's club — of course for nothing, but it gives me a prestige. I saw there Mrs. [Ednah Dean] Cheney. Would you not write a letter to her for me? Although I told her I had a card from you, I think a letter is better.

    Yours truly,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XIX

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    HOTEL BELLEVUE, EUROPEAN PLAN

    BEACON STREET, BOSTON

    11 May, 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have been since the 7th, lecturing here every afternoon or evening. At Mrs. Fairchild's I met the niece of Mrs. Howe. She was here today to invite me to dinner with her today. I have not seen Mr. Volkinen as yet. Of course, the pay for lecture is here the poorest, and everybody has an axe to grind. I got a long letter full of the prattles of the babies.* Your city, i.e. New York, pays far better than Boston, so I am trying to go back there. But here one can get work almost every day.

    I think I want some rest. I feel as if I am very much tired, and these constant journeyings to and fro have shaken my nerves a little, but hope to recoup soon. Last few days I have been suffering from cold and slight fever and lecturing for all that; hope to get r of it in a day or two.

    I have got a very nice gown at $30. The colour is not exactly that of the old one, but cardinal, with more of yellow — could not get the exact old colour even in New York.

    I have not much to write, for it is the repetition of the old story: talking, talking, talking. I long to fly to Chicago and shut up my mouth and give a long rest to mouth and lungs and mind. If I am not called for in New York, I am coming soon to Chicago.

    Yours obediently,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XX

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    HOTEL BELLEVUE, EUROPEAN PLAN

    BEACON STREET, BOSTON

    14 May, 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Your letter was so, so pleasing instead of being long; I enjoyed every bit of it.

    I have received a letter from Mrs. Potter Palmer (Social queen of Chicago who made Swami Vivekananda’s acquaintance at the Parliament of Religions, in which she had been active. Ve Complete Works, VI. ) asking me to write to some of my countrywomen about their society etc. I will see her personally when I come to Chicago; in the meanwhile I will write her all I know. Perhaps you have received $125 sent over from New York. Tomorrow I will send another $100 from here. The Bostonians want to grind their own axes!!

    Oh, they are so, so dry — even girls talk dry metaphysics. Here is like our Benares where all is dry, dry metaphysics!! Nobody here understands "my Beloved". Religion to these people is reason, and horribly stony at that. I do not care for anybody who cannot love my "Beloved". Do not tell it to Miss Howe — she may be offended.

    The pamphlet I d not send over because I do not like the quotations from the Indian newspapers — especially, they give a haul over coal to somebody. Our people so much dislike the Brâhmo Samâj that they only want an opportunity to show it to them. I dislike it. Any amount of enmity to certain persons cannot efface the good works of a life. And then they were only children in Religion. They never were much of religious men — i.e. they only wanted to talk and reason, and d not struggle to see the Beloved; and until one does that I do not say that he has any religion. He may have books, forms, doctrines, words, reasons, etc., etc., but not religion; for that begins when the soul feels the necessity, the want, the yearning after the "Beloved", and never before. And therefore our society has no right to expect from them anything more than from an ordinary "house-holder".

    I hope to come to Chicago before the end of this month. Oh, I am so tired.

    Yours affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XXI

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    541 DEARBORN AVENUE

    CHICAGO

    9 June 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    We are all doing very well here. Last night the sisters (The daughters of Mrs. Hale: Mary and Harriet.) invited me and Mrs. Norton and Miss Howe and Mr. Frank Howe. We had a grand dinner and softshell crab and many other things, and a very nice time. Miss Howe left this morning.

    The sisters and Mother Temple (Mrs. James Matthews, Mr. Hale’s sister.) are taking very good care of me. Just now I am going to see my "oh-my-dear" Gandhi. * Narasimha was here yesterday; he wanted to go to Cincinnati where he says he has more chances of success than anywhere else in the world. I gave him the passage, and so I hope I have got the white elephant out of my hands for the time being. How is Father Pope doing now? Hope he has been much benefited by the mudfish business.*

    I had a very beautiful letter from Miss Guernsey of New York, giving you her regards. I am going downtown to buy a new pair of shoes as well as to get some money, my purse having been made empty by Narasimha. Nothing more to write. Yes, we went to see the "Charley's Aunt".* I nearly killed myself with laughing. Father Pope will enjoy it extremely. I had never seen anything so funny.

    Yours affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XXII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    NEW YORK

    28 June 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Arrived safely two hours ago. Landsberg* was waiting at the station. Came to Dr. Guernsey's house. Nobody was there except a servant. I took a bath and strolled with Landsberg to some restaurant where I had a good meal. Then, I have just now returned to Landsberg's rooms in the Theosophical Society and am writing you this letter.

    I haven't been to see my other friends yet. After a good and long rest through the night I hope to see most of them tomorrow. My Love to you all. By the by, somebody stepped on my umbrella on board the train and broke its nose off.

    Your affectionate son,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    PS — I have not settled myself. So as to direct letters to me, they can be directed c/o Leon Landsberg, 144 Madison Ave., New York.

    XXIII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    C/O LEON LANDSBERG

    144 MADISON AVENUE

    NEW YORK

    1 July 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Hope you are settled down in peace by this time. The babies are doing well in Mudville (Kenosha, Wisconsin) — in their nunnery, I am sure. It is very hot here, but now and then a breeze comes up which cools it down. I am now with Miss [Mary A.] Phillips. Will move off from here on Tuesday to another place.

    Here I find a quotation from a speech by Sir Monier Williams, professor of Sanskrit in the Oxford University. It is very strange as coming from one who every day expects to see the whole of India converted to Christianity. "And yet it is a remarkable characteristic of Hinduism that it neither requires nor attempts to make converts. Nor is it at present by any means decreasing in numbers, nor is it being driven out of the field by two such proselytizing religions as Mahomedanism [sic] and Christianity. On the contrary, it is at present raply increasing. And far more remarkable than this is that, it is all- receptive, all-embracing and all-comprehensive. It claims to be the one religion of humanity, of human nature, of the entire world. It cares not to oppose the progress of Christianity nor of any other religion. For it has no difficulty in including all other religions within its all-embracing arms and ever-wening fold. And in real fact Hinduism has something to offer which is suited to all minds. Its very strength lies in its infinite adaptability to the infinite ersity of human characters and human tendencies. It has its highly spiritual and abstract se suited to the philosophical higheres. Its practical and concrete se suited to the man of affairs and the man of the world. Its aesthetic and ceremonial se suited to the man of poetic feeling and imagination. Its quiescent and contemplative se suited to the man of peace and lover of seclusion.

    "Indeed, the Hindus were Spinozists 2,000 years before the birth of Spinoza, Darwinians centuries before the birth of Darwin, and evolutionists centuries before the doctrine of evolution had been accepted by the Huxleys of our time, and before any word like evolution existed in any language of the world."

    This, as coming from one of the staunchest defenders of Christianity, is wonderful indeed. But he seems to have got the ea quite correct.

    Now I am going to send up the orange coat today; as for the books that came to me from Philadelphia, I do not think they are worthy of being sent at all. I do not know what I am going to do next. Patiently wait and resign myself unto His guance — that is my motto. My love to you all.

    Your affectionate son,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXIV

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    C/O DR. E. GUERNSEY

    CEDAR LAWN, FISHKILL ON THE HUDSON

    19 July 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Your kind note reached me here yesterday evening. I am so glad to hear the babies are enjoying. I got the Interior and am very glad to see my friend Mazoomdar’s (Pratap Chandra Mazumdar.) book spoken of so highly. Mazoomdar is a great and a good man and has done much for his fellow beings.

    It is a lovely summer place, this Cedar Lawn of the Guernseys. Miss Guernsey has gone on a visit to Swampscott. I had also an invitation there, but I thought [it] better to stay here in the calm and silent place full of trees and with the beautiful Hudson flowing by and mountain in the background.

    I am very thankful for Miss Howe’s suggestion, and I am also thinking of it. Most probably I will go to England very soon. But between you and me, I am a sort of mystic and cannot move without orders, and that has not come yet. Mr. [Charles M.] Higgins, a rich young lawyer and inventor of Brooklyn, is arranging some lectures for me. I have not settled whether I will stop for them or not.

    My eternal thanks to you for your kindness. My whole life cannot repay my debt to you. (Original letter: your debt.) You may see from the letter from Madras that there is not a word about Narasimha. What can I do more? I d not get the cheque cashed yet, for there was no necessity. Miss Phillips was very kind to me. She is an old lady, about 50 or more. You need not feel any worry about my being taken care of. The Lord always takes care of His servants; and so long as I am really His servant and not the world’s, I am very confent of getting everything that would be good for me. The Guernseys love me very much, and there are many families in New York and Brooklyn who would take the best care of me.

    I had a beautiful letter from Mr. Snell,* saying that a sudden change for the better has taken place in his fortunes and offering me thrice the money I lent him as a contribution to my work. And he also has beautiful letters from Dharmapala and others from India. But, of course, I politely refused his repayment.

    So far so good. I have seen Mr. [Walter Hines] Page, the editor of the Forum here. He was so sorry not to get the article on missionaries. But I have promised to write on other interesting subjects. Hope I will have patience to do so.

    I had a letter yesterday from Miss Harriet, (Mrs. Hale’s daughter.) from which I learn that they are enjoying Kenosha (A port in southwest Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan.) very much. Lord bless you and yours, Mother Church, for ever and ever. I cannot even express my gratitude to you.

    As for me, you need not be troubled in the least. My whole life is that of a vagabond — homeless, roving tramp; any fare, good or bad, in any country, is good enough for me.

    Yours ever in love and obedience,

    SWAMIVIVEKANANDA

    XXV

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    SWAMPSCOTT, MASSACHUSETTS

    23 July 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I think I have all your questions answered and you are in good humour again.

    I am enjoying this place very much; going to Greenacre today or tomorrow and on our way back I intend to go to Annisquam, to Mrs. Bagley's — I have written to her. Mrs. Breed (Mrs. Francis W. Breed of Lynn, Massachusetts.) says, "You are very sensitive".

    Now, I fortunately d not cash your check* in New York. I wanted to cash it here, when lo! you have not signed your name to it. The Hindu is a dreamer no doubt, but when the Christian dreams he dreams with a vengeance. Do not be distressed. Somebody gave me plenty of money to move about. I would be taken care of right along. I send herewith the cheque back to you. I had a very beautiful letter from Miss Mary. My love to them.

    What is Father Pope doing? Is it very hot in Chicago? I do not care for the heat of this country. It is nothing compared to our India heat. I am doing splendly. The other day I had the summer cholera; and cramp, etc. came to pay their calls to me. We had several hours nice talk and groans and then they departed.

    I am on the whole doing very well. Has the meerschaum pipe reached Chicago? * I had nice yachting, nice sea bathing, and am enjoying myself like a duck. Miss Guernsey went home just now. I do not know what more to write.

    Lord bless you all.

    Affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXVI

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    GREENACRE INN

    ELIOT, MAINE

    5 August 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have received your letter and am very much ashamed at my bad memory. I unfortunately forgot all about the cheque. Perhaps you have come to know by this time of my being in Greenacre. I had a very nice time here and am enjoying it immensely. In the fall I am going to lecture in Brooklyn, New York. Yesterday I got news that they have completed all the advertising there. I have an invitation today from a friend in New York to go with him to some mountains north of this state of Maine. I do not know whether I will go or not. I am doing pretty well. Between lecturing, teaching, picnicking and other excitements the time is flying raply. I hope you are doing very well and that Father Pope is in good trim. It is a very beautiful spot — this Greenacre — and [I] have very nice company from Boston: Dr. Everett Hale,* you know, of Boston, and Mrs. Ole Bull, of Cambrge. I do not know whether I will accept the invitation of my friend of New York or not.

    So far only this is sure, that I will go to lecture in New York this coming fall. And Boston, of course, is a good field. The people here are mostly from Boston and they all like me very much. Are you having a good time, and Father Pope? Has your house-painting been finished? The Babies, I am sure, are enjoying their Mudville.

    I am in no difficulty for money. I have plenty to eat and drink.

    With my best love and gratitude to you and Father Pope and the Babies.

    Yours affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA

    Excuse this hasty scrawl. The pen is very bad.

    V.

    The Harrison people sent me two "nasty standing" photos — that is all I have out of them, when they ought to give me 40 minus the 10 or 15 I have got already!!!

    V.

    XXVII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    GREENACRE INN

    ELIOT, MAINE

    8 August 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have received the letter you sent over to me coming from India.

    I am going to leave this place on Monday next for Plymouth [Massachusetts], where the Free Religious Association* is holding its session. They will defray my expenses, of course.

    I am all right, enjoying nice health, and the people here are very kind and nice to me. Up to date I had no occasion to cash any cheque as everything is going on smoothly. I have not heard anything from the Babies. Hope they are doing well. You also had nothing to write; however, I feel that you are doing well.

    I would have gone over to another place, but Mr. Higginson's* invitation ought to be attended to. And Plymouth is the place where the fathers of your country first landed. I want, therefore, to see it.

    I am all right. It is useless reiterating my love and gratitude to you and yours — you know it all. May the Lord shower His choicest blessings on you and yours.

    This meeting is composed of the best professors of your country and other people, so I must attend it; and then they would pay me. I have not yet determined all my plans, only I am going to lecture in New York this coming fall; every arrangement is complete for that. They have printed advertisements at their own expense for that and made everything ready.

    Give my best love to the Babies, to Father Pope, and believe me ever in gratitude and love,

    Your Son,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    P.S. I am very much obliged to the sisters for asking me to tell them if I want anything. I have no want anyway — I have everything I require and more to spare.

    "He never gives up His servants."

    My thanks and gratitude eternal to the sisters for their kindness in asking about my wants.

    V.

    XXVIII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    C/O MRS. J. J. BAGLEY, ANNISQUAM

    20 August 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Your letters just now reached me. I had some beautiful letters from India. The letter from Ajit Singh (The Raja of Khetri, a very devoted disciple of the Swami.) shows that the phonograph has not reached yet, and it was dated 8th June. So I do not think it is time yet to get an answer. I am not astonished at my friends' asking Cook & Sons to hunt for me; I have not written for a long time.

    I have a letter from Madras which says they will soon send money to Narasimha (Narasimhacharya. Ve the letter dated February 14, 1894.) — in fact, as soon as they get a reply to their letter written to Narasimha. So kindly let Narasimha know it. The photographs have not reached me — except two of Fishkill when I was there last. Landsberg (Leon Landsberg. Ve the letter dated June 28, 1894. ) has kindly sent over the letters. From here I will probably go over to Fishkill. The meerschaum* was not sent over by me direct, but I left it to the Guernseys. And they are a lazy family in that respect.

    I have beautiful letters from the sisters.

    By the by, your missionaries try to make me a malcontent before the English government in India, and the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal in a recent speech hinted that the recent revival of Hinduism was against the government. Lord bless the missionary. Everything is fair in love and (religion?).

    The word Shri means "of good fortune", "blessed", etc. Paramahamsa is a title for a Sannyâsi who has reached the goal, i.e. realized God. Neither am I blessed nor have I reached the goal; but they are courteous, that is all. I will soon write to my brothers in India. I am so lazy, and I cannot send over the newspaper nonsense day after day.

    I want a little quiet, but it is not the will of the Lord, it seems. At Greenacre I had to talk on an average 7 to 8 hours a day —that was rest, if it ever was. But it was of the Lord, and that brings vigour along with it.

    I have not much to write, and I do not remember anything of what I sa or d all these places over. So I hope to be excused.

    I will be here a few days more at least, and therefore I think it would be better to send over my mail here.

    I have now almost become dizzy through the perusal of a heavy and big mail, so excuse my hasty scrawl.

    Ever affectionately yours,

    SWAMI VIVEKANANDA.

    XXIX

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    ANNISQUAM

    23 August 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    The photographs reached safely yesterday. I cannot tell exactly whether Harrison ought to give me more or not. They had sent only two to me at Fishkill* — not the pose I ordered, though.

    Narasimha has perhaps got his passage by this time. He will get it soon, whether his family gives him the money or not. I have written to my friends in Madras to look to it, and they write me they will.

    I would be very glad if he becomes a Christian or Mohammedan or any religion that suits him; but I am afra for some time to come none will suit our friend. Only if he becomes a Christian he will have a chance to marry again, even in India — the Christians there permitting it. I am so sorry to learn that it is the "bondage of heathen India" that, after all, was the cause of all this mischief. We learn as we live. So we were all this time ignorantly and blindly blaming our much suffering, persecuted, saintly friend Narasimha, while all the fault was really owing to the "bondage of heathen India"!!!!

    But to give the devil his due, this heathen India has been supplying him with money to go on a spree again and again. And this time too "heathen India" will [take] or already has taken our "enlightened" and persecuted friend from out of his present scrape, and not "Christian America"!! Mrs. Smith's plan is not bad after all — to turn Narasimha into a missionary of Christ. But unfortunately for the world, many and many a time the flag of Christ has been entrusted to such hands. But I would beg to add that he will then be only a missionary of Smithian American Christianity, not Christ's. Arrant humbug! That thing to preach Lord Jesus!!! Is He in want of men to uphold His banner? Pooh! the very ea is revolting. Do good to India indeed! Thank your charity and call back your dog — as the tramp sa. Keep such good workers for America. The Hindus will have a quarantine against all such [outcasting] to protect their society. I heartily advise Narasimha to become a Christian — I beg your pardon, a convert to Americanism — because I am sure such a jewel is unsaleable in poor India. He is welcome to anything that will fetch a price. I know the gentleman whom you name perfectly well, and you may give him any information about me you like. I do not care for sending scraps* and getting a boom for me. And these friends from India bother me enough for newspaper nonsense. They are very devoted, faithful and holy friends. I have not much of these scraps now. After a long search I found a bit in a Boston Transcript. I send it over to you. * This public life is such a botheration. I am nearly daft.

    Where to fly? In India I have become horribly public — crowds will follow me and take my life out. I got an Indian letter from Landsberg. Every ounce of fame can only be bought at the cost of a pound of peace and holiness. I never thought of that before. I have become entirely disgusted with this blazoning. I am disgusted with myself. Lord will show me the way to peace and purity. Why, Mother, I confess to you: no man can live in an atmosphere of public life, even in religion, without the devil of competition now and then thrusting his head into the serenity of his heart. Those who are trained to preach a doctrine never feel it, for they never knew religion. But those that are after God, and not after the world, feel at once that every bit of name and fame is at the cost of their purity. It is so much gone from that eal of perfect unselfishness, perfect disregard of gain or name or fame. Lord help me. Pray for me, Mother. I am very much disgusted with myself. Oh, why the world be so that one cannot do anything without putting himself to the front; why cannot one act hden and unseen and unnoticed? The world has not gone one step beyond olatry yet. They cannot act from eas, they cannot be led by eas. But they want the person, the man. And any man that wants to do something must pay the penalty — no hope. This nonsense of the world. Shiva, Shiva, Shiva.

    By the by, I have got such a beautiful edition of Thomas à Kempis. How I love that old monk. He caught a wonderful glimpse of the "behind the veil" — few ever got such. My, that is religion. No humbug of the world. No shilly- shallying, tall talk, conjecture — I presume, I believe, I think. How I would like to go out of this piece of painted humbug they call the beautiful world with Thomas à Kempis — beyond, beyond, which can only be felt, never expressed.

    That is religion. Mother, there is God. There all the saints, prophets and incarnations meet. Beyond the Babel of Bibles and Vedas, creeds and crafts, dupes and doctrines — where is all light, all love, where the miasma of this earth can never reach. Ah! who will take me thither? Do you sympathize with me, Mother? My soul is groaning now under the hundred sorts of bondage I am placing on it. Whose India? Who cares? Everything is His. What are we? Is He dead? Is He sleeping? He, without whose command a leaf does not fall, a heart does not beat, who is nearer to me than my own self. It is bosh and nonsense — to do good or do bad or do fuzz. We do nothing. We are not. The world is not. He is, He is. Only He is. None else is. He is.

    Om, the one without a second. He in me, I in Him. I am like a bit of glass in an ocean of light. I am not, I am not. He is, He is, He is.

    Om, the one without a second.

    Yours ever affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XXX

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    ANNISQUAM

    DATE DO NOT KNOW

    [ Postmarked: August 28, 1894]

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have been for three days at Magnolia. Magnolia is one of the most fashionable and beautiful sease resorts of this part. I think the scenery is better than that of Annisquam. The rocks there are very beautiful, and the forests run down to the very edge of the water. There is a very beautiful pine forest. A lady of Chicago and her daughter, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Sawyer, were the friends that invited me up there. They had also arranged a lecture for me, out of which I got $43. I met a good many Boston people — Mrs. Smith Junior, who sa she knows Harriet, and Mrs. Smith the elder, [who] knows you well.

    In Boston the other day I met a Unitarian clergyman who sa he lives next to you in Chicago. I have unfortunately forgotten his name. Mrs. Smith is a very nice lady and treated me with all courtesy. Mrs. Bagley is kind as ever, and I will have to remain here a few days more, I am afra. Prof. Wright and I are having a good time. Prof. Bradley of Evanston* has gone home. If you ever meet him at Evanston, give him my best love and regards. He is really a spiritual man.

    I do not find anything more to write.

    Some unknown friend has sent me from New York a fountain pen. So I am writing with it to test it. It is working very smoothly and nicely as you can judge from the writing. Perhaps Narasimha's difficulties have been settled by this time, and "heathen India" has helped him out yet, I hope.

    What is Father Pope doing? What the Babies are doing and where are they? What news of our Sam?* Hope he is prospering. Kindly give him my best love.

    Where is Mother Temple now?

    Well, after all, I could fill up two pages. Yes, there was a Miss Barn (?) who sa she met me at your house. She is a young lady of Chicago.

    Magnolia is a good bathing place and I had two baths in the sea. A large concourse of men and women go to bathe there every day — the most part men. And strange, women do not give up their coat of mail even while bathing. That is how these mailclad she-warriors of America have got the superiority over men.

    Our Sanskrit poets lavish all the power of expression they have upon the soft body of women — the Sanskrit word for women is "Komala", the soft body; but the mailclad ones of this country are "armadillas", I think. You cannot imagine how ludicrous it appears to a foreigner who never saw it before. Shiva, Shiva.

    Now Narasimha's Mrs. Smith does not torture you anymore with letters, I hope. D I tell you I met your friend Mrs. H. O. Quarry at Swampscott? — she can swamp a house for all that, not to speak of a cott — and that I met there the woman that pulls by the nose Mr. Pullman? * And I also heard there the best American singer, (Miss Emma Thursby.) they sa — she sang beautifully; she sang "Bye Baby Bye". I am having a very, very good time all the time, Lord be praised.

    I have written to India not to bother me with constant letters. Why, when I am travelling in India nobody writes to me. Why should they spend all their superfluous energy in scrawling letters to me in America? My whole life is to be that of a wanderer — here or there or anywhere. I am in no hurry. I had a foolish plan in my head unworthy of a Sannyasin. I have given it up now and mean to take life easy. No indecent hurry. Don't you see, Mother Church? You must always remember, Mother Church, that I cannot settle down even at the North Pole, that wander about I must — that is my vow, my religion. So India or North Pole or South Pole — don't care where. Last two years I have been travelling among races whose language even I cannot speak. "I have neither father nor mother nor brothers nor sisters nor friends nor foes, nor home nor country — a traveller in the way of eternity, asking no other help, seeking no other help but God."

    Yours ever affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XXXI

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    [GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS]

    4 September 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    The bundle was the report of the meeting. Hope you will succeed in publishing some in the Chicago papers.

    Here is a letter from Dewanji* to you which will explain his sending a pamphlet to Mr. Hale.* The rugs are coming. When they come, take them in, even paying the duty if any. I will pay it to you afterwards. I have plenty of money, more than $150 in pocket. Will get more tonight. Here are some newspaper clippings, and an Indian Mirror I will send later on. Some have been sent to Mr. Barrows;* don't hope he will give them publicity. Now for your Mrs. Bartlett.

    I am in haste. [Will] write more with the clippings. Write to me always, kind Mother — I become very anxious when I do not hear from you. Write, whether I reply sharp or not.

    Your son,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXXII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    ANNISQUAM

    5 September 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    The news of the arrival of the phonograph from Khetri has not come yet. But I am not anxious, because I just now got another letter from India wherein there is no mention of the photographs I sent, showing that parcels reach later than letters.

    Herewith I send you an autograph letter of H.H. the Maharaja of Mysore, the chief Hindu king in India. You may see on the map [that] his territory occupies a very large portion of southern India.

    I am very glad that he is slowly being gained over to my se. If he wills, he can set all my plans to work in five days. He has an income of $150 million dollars; think of that.

    May Jagadamba [the Mother of the Universe] turn his mind towards the good work. He says he quite appreciates my good words — they were about my plans for educating the poor. Hope he will soon show it in material shape.

    My love to all. Why the babies do not prattle?

    Your son,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXXIII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    HOTEL BELLEVUE, EUROPEAN PLAN

    BEACON STREET, BOSTON

    12 September 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I hope you will immediately send me over the little scrap from the Indian Mirror about my Detroit lectures which I sent you.

    Yours,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXXIV

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    HOTELBELLEVUE

    BEACONSTREET, BOSTON

    13 September 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Your very kind note came just now. I was suffering for the last few days from cold and fever. I am all right now. I am glad all the papers reached you safe. The newspaper clippings are with Mrs. Bagley; only a copy has been sent over to you. By the by, Mrs. Bagley becomes jealous if I send away everything to you. That is between you and me. The Indian Mirror is with Prof. Wright, * and he will send it over to you. There is yet no news of the phonograph. Wait one week more and then we will enquire. If you see a letter with the Khetri stamp, then surely the news is coming. I do not smoke one third as much as I used to when Father Pope's eternal box was ready and open day and night. Harasbhai is to be addressed as Shri only. On the envelope, Dewan Bahadoor ought to be written, as that is a title. Perhaps the note from the Maharaja of Mysore has reached you by this time.

    I will remain a few days yet in Boston and the vicinity. The bank book is in the bank. We d not take it out, but the cheque book is with me. I am going to write out my thoughts on religion; in that, no missionaries have any place. I am going to lecture in New York in autumn, but I like teaching small circles better, and there will be enough of that in Boston.

    The rugs I wanted to be sent from India; and they will come from Punjab, where the best rugs are made.

    I had a beautiful letter from Sister Mary. (Mary Hale.)

    Narasimha must have got money or passage by this time, and his people have taken care to send him Thomas Cook's passage from place to place. I think he is gone now.

    I do not think the Lord will allow his servant to be inflated with vanity at the appreciation of his countrymen. I am glad that they appreciate me — not for my sake, but that I am firmly persuaded that a man is never improved by abuse but by praise, and so with nations. Think how much of abuse has been quite unnecessarily hurled at the head of my devoted, poor country, and for what? They never injured the Christians or their religion or their preachers. They have always been friendly to all. So you see, Mother, every good word a foreign nation says to them has such an amount of power for good in India. The American appreciation of my humble work here has really done a good deal of benefit to them. Send a good word, a good thought — at least to the down- trodden, vilified, poor millions of India instead of abusing them day and night. That is what I beg of every nation. Help them if you can; if you cannot, at least cease from abusing them.

    I d not see any impropriety in the bathing places at the seashore, but only vanity in some: in those that went into water with their corsets on, that was all.

    I have not got any copy of the Inter-Ocean yet. (A leading Chicago newspaper.)

    With my love to Father Pope, babies, and to you, I remain

    Your obedient son,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXXV

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    HOTEL BELLEVUE

    BEACON STREET, BOSTON

    19 September 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    The huge packet received. It was a few pamphlets sent over to me from my monastery in Calcutta. No news at all about the phonograph. I think it is high time we make them inquire into it.

    The two volumes of Todd's [Tod's] history of Rajasthan have been presented to me by Mrs. Potter Palmer. I have asked her to send it over to your care. The babies will like reading it very much, and after they finish I will send it over with my Sanskrit books to Calcutta.

    I d not ask you to send me the typewritten news clippings at all, but a little slip I sent over some time ago from the Indian Mirror. Perhaps it d not reach you at all. You need not send the typewritten thing at all.

    I do not require any clothes here; there are plenty of them. I am taking good care of my cuffs and collars, etc.

    I have more clothes than are necessary. Very soon I will have to disburse myself of half of them at least.

    I will write to you before I go to India. I am not flying off without giving you due intimation.

    Yours,

    VIVEKANANDA

    P.S. — My love to Babies and Father Pope.

    XXXVI

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    HOTEL BELLEVUE

    BEACON STREET, BOSTON

    24 September 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have not heard from you a long while. I am still in Boston and will be a few days more.

    I am afra the phonograph has not reached India at all, or something is the matter with it. Kindly ask Mr. —— to inquire. The receipt is with you on which they will enquire.

    Ever affectionately yours,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXXVII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    HOTEL BELLEVUE

    BEACON STREET, BOSTON

    27 September 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    The bundles all came safely. One was newspapers from India. The other was the short sketch of my Master published by Mr. Mazumdar long ago. In the latter bundle there are two sextos or pamphlets. One, my Master's sketch; the other, a short extract to show how what Mr. [Keshab] Chandra Sen and [Pratap Chandra] Mazumdar preached as their "New Dispensation" was stolen from my Master's life. The latter therefore you need not distribute, but I hope you will distribute my Master's life to many good people.

    I beg you to send some to Mrs. Guernsey, Fishkill on the Hudson, N.Y.; Mrs. Arthur Smith and Mrs. [Miss Mary A.] Phillips, 19 West 38th Street, New York (both); to Mrs. Bagley, Annisquam, Mass.; and Prof. J. Wright, Professor of Greek, Harvard, Mass.

    The newspapers — you may do whatever you like, and I hope you will send any newspaper scrap you get about me to India.

    Yours etc.,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXXVIII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    C/O MRS. OLE BULL

    168 BRATTLE STREET

    CAMBRGE, MASS.

    5 October 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have not heard from you for long. Have you received the huge packages I sent over to you? Have you heard anything about the phonograph from the express office?

    I will be with Mrs. Ole Bull a few days, and then I go to New York to Mrs. Guernsey's.

    Yours ever affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXXIX

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    C/O MRS. OLE BULL

    RIVERVIEW, 168 BRATTLE STREET

    CAMBRGE, MASS.

    [ Postmarked: Oct. 10, 1894, 4:30 a.m.]

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Received two letters from you and a large number from India but none from Khetri.

    I am sorry the sisters have got bad colds and more sorry for your getting worried over it. Nothing can make a Christian worry. I hope Narasimha will be a good boy this time forth. Sister Mary is coming to Boston — good. I am going off from here tomorrow to Baltimore. I had enough to pay all my expenses here; and since I am living with Mrs. Bull, there is no expense. She is a rich and highly cultured lady. She has given me $500 for my work or anything I like. As I am not going west very soon, I will have a bank account here in Boston. From Philadelphia I go to Washington, and then I will run between New York and Boston. So I do not think I will be able to see you, except perhaps Sister Mary. I want so very much that Mary will see Mrs. Bull and others of my friends here. I have the fat of the land as usual, and my dinner is cooking very well both here and in India. Do not make it public, Mother — that is between you and me and the babies — and do not worry yourself about anything. All things come to him that waits. I am going to send the greater part of the money I have got to India and then money will come faster. I have always found that the faster I spend, the faster it comes. Nature abhors a vacuum. I am in very good spirits, only you must not stop keeping me informed about yourself, Babies and Father Pope from time to time.

    Perhaps you remember the two letters that came from Mysore — I want one of those envelopes with the Mysore King's seal on the outse to be sent to Miss Phillips, 19 West 38th Street, New York.

    I cannot go to New York now nor to Chicago, although I had a number of invitations and offers from both the places. I must see now the capital and the other cities. I am in His Hands. If Miss Mary be in Boston, sometime I may hope to see her.

    I am glad that Narasimha was never fast — hope he will never be.

    From India they always write me to come, come, come. They do not know the secret. I am acting more from here than I will ever do from there.

    Kindly send my letters to this address and they will reach me safe wherever I be. This will be one of my homes when I am in Boston.

    Lord bless you all, dear Mother.

    Yours ever affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XL

    To Mrs. Ole Bull

    1123 SAINTPAULSTREET, BALTIMORE,

    17 October 1894.

    DEAR MRS. BULL,

    I could not find time earlier to write you — I was so incessantly knocking about. We had a nice meeting last Sunday at Baltimore and [are] going to have one more next Sunday. Of course, they do not financially help me a bit; but as I promised to help them and like the ea, I speak for them.*

    In the letters you sent over from India was an address sent over to me from Calcutta by my fellow citizens for my work here and a number of newspaper cuttings. I will send them on to you later.

    Yesterday I went to see Washington and met Mrs. Colville and Miss Young, who were very kind to me.

    I am going to speak at Washington again and then will go over to Philadelphia and from there to New York.

    Your affectionate Son,

    VIVEKANANDA.

    XLI

    To Miss Emma Thursby

    [WASHINGTON, D.C.

    26 October 1894]

    DEAR MISS THURSBY,*

    I received your kind note and the introductory letters. I will make it a point to see the ladies and hope to be benefitted much by it.

    I had a beautiful letter from Mr. Flagg.* I am soon coming to N.Y. where I hope to see you.

    With my deepest love and gratitude,

    I remain yours faithfully,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XLII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    [WASHINGTON, D.C.

    October 27, 1894]

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I received your very kind note and all the India letters just now. I will make it a point to see Mrs. Whitland [?]. I have been very kindly treated by Mrs. [Enoch] Totten.

    Will you kindly order 100 photographs from Harrison, and send them over to India to Ramdayal Chakravarty, c/o Swami Ramakrishnananda, Varahanagar Math, Alambazar, Calcutta? I will pay for it when I come to Chicago.

    I have nothing especial to write — except I had good treatment everywhere. How I long to give up this life of weariness and blazoning day and night.

    I will go from here to New York and will come back to see you in Chicago before I start for England.

    Yours etc.,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XLIII

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    BALTIMORE, [MARYLAND]

    3 November 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I do not know what to say about this phonograph business. It takes six months to go to India!! and the company cannot get an inquiry in another six months!!! American express, indeed!! Well — however, they are bound to make good my money. Mother, do not lose the receipt of the express company.

    I am going to New York as soon as possible.

    Yours affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XXXIV

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    NEWYORK

    18 November 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have been very late this time in writing you as Sister Mary* has already written to you, no doubt, about me.

    The clothes have all reached safe, only I will send over some of the summer and other clothes as it will be impossible to carry the burden all along with me.

    The certainty about going to Europe this December has gone; so I am uncertain when I go.

    Sister Mary has improved a great deal from what I saw her last. She lives with a number of fox-hunting squires and is quite happy. I hope she will marry one of those fellows with long pockets. I am going again to see her tomorrow at Mrs. Spalding's — I was there last afternoon. I will be in N.Y. this month; then I go to Boston and perhaps will be there all through December. When I was sick in Boston last spring, I went over to Chicago, and not to Detroit as Mrs. Bagley expected. So this time I am going to Detroit first and then to Chicago, if possible. Else I altogether give up the plan of going to the West soon.

    There is more chance of working my plans out in the East than in the West, as it now appears.

    I have got news of the phonograph — it has reached safe, and the Râjâ* wrote to me a very nice letter on that. I have a lot of addresses and other nonsense from India. I have written home to them not to send any more newspapers. My love to the babies at home and I am going to visit the baby* abroad.

    Mrs. Guernsey has been at death's door. She is now recovering slowly. I have not seen her yet. She is not strong enough to see anybody. Hope she will soon be strong.

    My love to Father Pope and everyone.

    Your ever affectionate son,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XLV

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    C/OMRS. OLEBULL

    168 BRATTLESTREET

    CAMBRGE, MASS.

    6 December 1894

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I have not heard long from you. What is the matter with you? I am here in Cambrge and will be here for three weeks to come and will have to lecture and holdes. Here is a Chicago lady, Mrs. [Milward] Adams, who lectures on tone building etc.

    Today we had a lecture from Lady Henry Somerset* on Woman Suffrage. Miss Willard* of Chicago was here and Julia Ward Howe.

    Col. Higginson, Dr. [J. Estlin] Carpenter of Eng. and many other friends were present. Altogether it was a grand affair. I have received a letter from India informing me that the phonograph was duly received.

    I have sent part of my money to India and intend sending nearly the whole of it very soon. Only, I will keep enough for the passage back. Saw Mother Temple several times in New York. She was kind as usual. So was Mrs. Spalding.

    Sister Mary wrote me a letter from Brookline [Massachusetts]. I am sure she would have enjoyed Lady Somerset's lecture so much. I wrote her about it, but I have not heard from her yet.

    I will go to see her the first day I get some time. I am very busy. Hope the sisters at home are enjoying themselves. I will try to run into Chicago for a few days if I can.

    Please write me all about the holy family as soon as you get time.

    Mrs. Guernsey was very ill and still so weak that she cannot get out of her room.

    Miss Helen Bagley* was seized with diphtheria in New York and suffered a good deal. She has recovered, however, and the Bagleys have gone home to Detroit.

    With my Love to you all, I remain,

    Ever yours affectionately,

    VIVEKANANDA

    P.S. — Kindly send my India mail c/o Mrs. Sara Ole Bull, 168 Brattle Street, Cambrge, Mass.

    V.

    XLVI

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    [CAMBRGE, MASS.

    21 December 1894]

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I am glad that Haras Viharas (The Dewan of Junagadh.) has sent the rugs. I am afra they will take a long time to reach here. The Raja (Maharaja Ajit Singh, the Raja of Khetri.) was very much pleased with the phonograph, as he writes, and has heard my voice several times. Hope he will bring it into life.

    I have not seen Sister Mary yet, but hope to see her this week as I am going away to New York next Tuesday. Cannot come by any means to Chicago now, for I expect to go to Washington from New York and hope to be pretty busy in New York.

    If I can snatch up a few days between the lecture in Brooklyn on the 30th and the next series in New York, I will fly to Chicago for a few days. If I had time just now, it would have been better for me, for the half — fare ticket will expire after this month.

    I have been kept very busy here this month so could not go to Boston even for a day. Now I have time and hope to see Sister Mary.

    How are the babies at home? Mrs. M. Adams of Chicago, who lectures on voice building and walking etc., has been lecturing here all this time. She is a very great lady in every respect and so intelligent. She knows all of you and likes the "Hale girls" very much. Sister Isabel[le] knows her especially, I think.

    Do not you see, Mother — I am determined to work my project out. I must see the light. India can cheer alone — but no money. In the East and South I am getting slowly friends who will help me in my work, I am sure, as they have done already. They all like me more and more.

    I have made friends of Lady Somerset and Miss Willard, you will be glad to know. So you see, Mother, you are the only attraction in Chicago; and so long I am in this country, wherever you live is my home. As soon as I have time I will run in to see you and the sisters. But I have no other hopes in the West; nor will you advise me to destroy the only hope I have of success in these parts of the country by giving it up and going to Chicago to be le as the day is long.

    Mrs. Bull and a few other ladies here who are helping me on are not only sincere and love me but they have the power to do as leaders of society. Would that you had millions.

    With my love to you all,

    Your ever affectionate Son,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XLVII

    To Miss Emma Thursby

    CHICAGO

    541 DEARBORN AVENUE

    17 January 1895

    DEAR MISS THURSBY,

    I am very sorry to learn about the passing on of Mr. Thorp.* Mrs. Bull must have felt it deeply. Still he has passed on after a good and useful life. All is for the best.

    I have been lecturing every day to a in Mrs. Adams's* rooms at the Auditorium. Today I also lecture there and in the Evening to a of Miss Josephine Locke's* at the Plaza Hotel.

    Have you seen Mrs. Peake* in New York? She is lecturing to a at Mrs. Guernsey's.

    Miss Locke is as kind as usual. She is enamoured of Mrs. Peake as are many of Miss Locke's friends, you will be glad to learn.

    Mrs. Peake has made a very favourable impression on Chicago. So she does wherever she goes.

    Mrs. Adams invited me to an organ concert in the Auditorium. She is so good and kind to me. Lord bless her.

    I have not seen Mr. Young, nor, I am afra, [will] I have time to see [him,] as I start for New York on Fray next.

    I will hear him once in New York.

    I was so busy here these two weeks.

    I have got a new scarlet coat but can get no orange here.

    Ever with blessings,

    Your brother,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XLVIII

    To Professor John H. Wright

    54 W. 33 STREET

    NEW YORK

    1 February 1895

    DEAR ADHYAPAKJI,

    You must be immersed in your work now; however, taking advantage of your kindness to me, I want to bother you a little.

    What was the original Greek ea of the soul, both philosophical and popular? What books can I consult (Translations, of course) to get it?

    So with the Egyptians and Babylonians and Jews?

    Will you kindly name me the books? I am sure you are perfectly well and so are Mrs. Wright and the children.

    Ever gratefully and fraternally,

    Yours,

    VIVEKANANDA

    XLIX

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    54 W. 33., NEW YORK

    18 March [February] 1895

    DEAR MOTHER,

    I am sure you are all right by this time. The babies write from time to time and so I get your news regularly. Miss Mary is in a lecturing mood now — good for her. Hope she will not let her energies fritter away now — a penny saved is a penny gained. Sister Isabel[le] has sent me the French Books and the Calcutta pamphlets have arrived, but the big Sanskrit books ought to come. I want them badly. Make them payable here, if possible, or I will send you the postage.

    I am doing very well. Only some of these big dinners kept me late, and I returned home at 2 o'clock in the morning several days. Tonight I am going to one of these. This will be the last of its kind. So much keeping up the night is not good for me. Every day from 11 to 1 o'clock I havees in my rooms and I talk [to] them till they [grow] tired. The Brooklyn course ended yesterday. Another lecture I have there next Monday.

    Bean soup and rice or barley is now my general diet. I am faring well. Financially I am making the ends meet and nothing more because I do not charge anything for thees I have in my rooms. And the public lectures have to go through so many hands.

    I have a good many lectures planned ahead in New York, which I hope to deliver by and by. Sister Isabel wrote to me a beautiful letter and she does so much for me. My eternal gratitude to her. Baby* has stopped writing; I do not know why.

    Kindly tell Baby to send me a little Sanskrit book which came from India. I forgot to bring it over. I want to translate some passages from it.

    Mr. [Charles M.] Higgins is full of joy. It was he who planned all this for me, and he is so glad that everything succeeded so well.

    Mrs. Guernsey is going to give up this house and going to some other house. Miss [Florence] Guernsey wants to marry but her father and mother do not like it at all. I am very sorry for her, poor "Sister Jenny" * — and so many men are after her. Here is a very rich railway gentleman called Mr. [Austin] Corbin; his only daughter, Miss [Anna] Corbin, is very much interested in me. And though she is one of the leaders of the 400, * she is very intellectual and spiritual too, in a way. Their house is always chock full of swells and foreign aristocracy. Princes and Barons and whatnot from all over the world. Some of these foreigners are very bright. I am sorry your home-manufactured aristocracy is not very interesting. Behind her parlor she has a long arbour with all sorts of palms and seats and electric light. There I will have a little next week of a score of long-pockets. The Fun is not bad. "This world is a great humbug after all", Mother. "God alone is real; everything else is a dream only." Mother Temple* says she does not like to be bossed by you and that is why she does not come to Chicago. She is very happy nearby. Between swells and Delmonico and Waldorf dinners, my health was going to be injured. So I quickly turned a thorough vegetarian to avo all invitations. The rich are really the salt of this world — they are neither food nor drink. Goodbye for the present.

    Your ever affectionate Son,

    VIVEKANANDA

    L

    To Mrs. G. W. Hale

    54 W. 33RD ST., NEW YORK

    11 March 1895

    DEAR MOTHER,

    Many thanks for your kind letter. I will be only too glad to have an orange coat, proved it be light as summer is approaching.

    I do not remember whether the Cook's letters of credit I have are limited as to their time or not. It is high time we look into them. If they are limited, don't you think it is better to put them in some bank? I have about a thousand dollars in the Boston bank and a few hundred in the New York — they all go to India by this week or next. So it is better that I look into the Cook's letters, and it will be foolish to get into trouble by having them past the date.

    There are a few more Sanskrit books which have not been sent — one pretty thick and broad, the other two very thin. Kindly send them as soon as you can.

    Mrs. [Milward] Adams, Mrs. [Ole] Bull, and Miss Emma Thursby are gone to Chicago today.

    With eternal love to the babies and to you and Father Pope.

    I remain ever your affectionate Son,

    VIVEKANANDA

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