Letter to Swami Turiyananda -6

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. (Translated from Bengali) To Swami Turiyananda 6 PLACE DES ETATS UNIS, PARIS, August, 1900. DEAR BROTHER HARI, Now I am staying on the sea-coast of France. The session of the Congress of History of Religions is over. It was not a big affair; some twenty scholars chattered a lot on the origin of the Shâlagrâma and the origin of Jehovah, and similar topics. I also said something on the occasion. My body and mind are broken down; I need rest badly. In addition, there is not a single person on whom I can depend; on the other hand so long as I live, all will become very selfish depending upon me for everything. . . . Dealing with people entails constant mental uneasiness. . . . I have cut myself off by a will. Now I am writing to say that nobody will have sole power. All will be done in accordance with the view of the majority. . . . If a trust-deed on similar lines can be executed, then I am free. . . . What you are doing is also Guru Maharaj’s work. Continue to do it. Now I have done my part. Don’t write to me any more about those things; do not even mention the subject. I have no opinions whatever to give on that subject. . . . Yours affectionately, VIVEKANANDA. PS. Convey my love to...

Letter to John Fox -1

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. To Mr. John Fox BOULEVARD HANS SWAN, PARIS, 14th August, 1900. JOHN FOX, ESQ.,6 Dr. Wolf Street, Dorchester, Mass, U.S., America. Kindly write Mohin (Mahendranath Datta, younger brother of Swamiji.) that he has my blessings in whatever he does. And what he is doing now is surely much better than lawyering, etc. I like boldness and adventure and my race stands in need of that spirit very much. Only as my health is failing and I do not expect to live long, Mohin must see his way to take care of mother and family. I may pass away any moment. I am quite proud of him now. Yours affectionately,...

Letter to Swami Turiyananda -5

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. To Swami Turiyananda 6 PLACE DES ETATS UNIS, PARIS, 13th August, 1900. DEAR BROTHER HARI, I got your letter from California. So three persons are getting spiritual trances; well, it is not bad. Even out of that much good will come. Shri Ramakrishna knows! Let things happen as they will. His work He knows, you and I are but servants and nothing else. I am sending this letter to San Francisco — care of Mrs. C. Panel. Just now I got some news from New York. They are well. Kali is on tour. Write in detail about your health and work in San Francisco. And don’t be indifferent to the question of sending money to the Math. See that money goes certainly every month, from Los Angeles and San Francisco. I am on the whole doing well. I am shortly starting for England. I get news of Sharat. Recently he had an attack of dysentery. The rest are all well. This time few got malaria; nor is it so prevalent on the banks of the Ganga. This year, owing to the scarcity of rain, there is fear of famine in Bengal also. By the grace of Mother, go on doing work, brother. Mother knows, and you know — but I am off! Now I am going to take a rest. Yours affectionately,...

Letter to Brahmachari Harendra Nath -1

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. (Translated from Bengali) To a Brahmacharin (Brahmachari Harendra Nath) of the Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati NEW YORK, August, 1900. DEAR __, I had a letter from you several days ago, but I could not reply earlier. Mr. Sevier speaks well of you in his letter. I am very pleased at this. Write to me in minute detail who all are there, and what each one is doing. Why don’t you write letters to your mother? What is this? Devotion to the mother is the root of all welfare. How is your brother getting on with his studies at Calcutta? The Sannyasin-names of those there escape my memory — how to address each? Give my love to all conjointly. I got the news that Khagen has now fully recovered. This is happy news. Write to me whether the Seviers are attending to your comforts and other details. I am glad to know that Dinu’s health is all right. The boy Kali has a tendency to become fat; but this will all surely go away by constantly climbing up and down the hills there. Tell Swarup that I am very much pleased with his conducting of the paper. He is doing splendid work. Give to all others also my love and blessings. Tell everybody that my health is now all right. From here I shall go to England and from there to India very shortly. With all blessings, VIVEKANANDA....

Letter to Swami Turiyananda -4

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. To Swami Turiyananda 102 E. 58TH STREET, NEW YORK, 25th July, 1900. DEAR TURIYANANDA, I received a letter from Mrs. Hansborough telling me of your visit to her. They like you immensely, and I am sure you have found in them genuine, pure, and absolutely unselfish friends. I am starting for Paris tomorrow. Things all turn that way. Kali is not here. He is rather worried at my going away, but it has got to be. Address your next letter to me care of Mr. Leggett, 6 Place des Etats Unis, Paris, France. Give my love to Mrs. Wyckoff, Hansborough, and to Helen. Revive the clubs a bit and ask Mrs. Hansborough to collect the dues as they fall and send them to India. Sarada writes they are having rather hot times. My kind regards for Miss Boocke. With all love, Ever yours in the Lord,...

Letter to Miss Josephine MacLeod -19

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. To Miss Josephine MacLeod 102 E. 58TH STREET, NEW YORK, 24th July, 1900. DEAR JOE, The sun = Knowledge. The stormy water = Work. The lotus = Love. The serpent = Yoga. The swan = the Self. The Motto = May the Swan (the Supreme Self) send us that. It is the mind-lake. (This explains the design on the Ramakrishna Math and Mission seal, printed on the title page of this volume — Ed.) How do you like it? May the Swan fill you with all these anyway. I am to start on Thursday next, by the French steamer La Champagne. The books are in the hands of Waldo and Whitmarsh. They are nearly ready. I am well, getting better — and all right till I see you next week. Ever yours in the Lord,...