Letter to Sister Christine – 61

From Volume 9 of the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Letters – Fifth Series THE MATH, BELUR, DIST. HOWRAH, 21st June 1902. MY DEAR CHRISTINE, You have not the least cause to be anxious. I am getting on anyhow and am quite strong. As to diet, I find I have to restrict myself and not follow the prescription of my doctor to eat anything I like. The pills continue, however. Will you ask the boys if they can get “Amalaki” [Emblic myrobalan] fruits in the place now? We cannot get them in the plains now. They are rather sour and puckery eaten raw; but make marmalade of whole [ones] — delicious. Then they are the best things for fermentation I ever get. No anxiety on the score of Marie Louise’s[6]* arrival in Calcutta. She has not yet made any noise. Things go on the same. I am trying to go to Monghyr — a place near Calcutta and said to be very salubrious. We will think of your coming to Baghbazar after Nivedita has fairly started; till then keep quiet and lay on food. With all love to yourself, the boys and Mother [Mrs. Charlotte Sevier], VIVEKANANDA. PS — I am laying on adipose tissues fast — especially about the abdominal regions: “It is fearful to...

Letter to Sister Christine – 60

From Volume 9 of the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Letters – Fifth Series THE MATH, BELUR, DIST. HOWRAH, 15th June 1902. DEAR CHRISTINE, Just now received your note. I am quite easy in my mind so long [as] you live with Mrs. [Charlotte] Sevier at Mayavati. You know, anxiety is one thing I must avoid to recover. I will be very anxious if you are in Calcutta, at Baghbazar. I am slowly recovering. Stay with Mrs. Sevier as long as you can. Don’t come down with Margot [Sister Nivedita]. With love,...

Letter to Sister Christine – 59

From Volume 9 of the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Letters – Fifth Series THE MATH, BELUR, DIST. HOWRAH, 14th June 1902. MY DEAR CHRISTINE, Your letters had to wait a few days, as I was out of town in a village.[6]* Well, many thanks for all the information I got. Mr. Okakura [Kakuzo] has been to the Math, but I was away. He will be in Calcutta a few weeks more and then goes to Bombay. He intends taking a house near the city to learn intimately the customs of Bengalees. I am so glad to learn Margo’s [Sister Nivedita’s] intention to stop at Mayavati longer. She really requires good rest, and she had none in Europe, I am sure of that. If she were amenable to my advice as of old, I would take away every book and every scrap of paper from her, make her walk some, eat a lot and sleep a lot more. As to talking, I would have the merriest conversation all the while. I have a beautiful letter from Mrs. Sevier, and [am] so happy to learn that she loves you more and more. But plumpness is the criterion, mon amie [my friend], for a’ [all] that. So there was a great flutter in our dovecote owing to my letters, but things must have assumed their old form by this time. The boy, my nephew, is going to be sometime yet in the Ashrama; make him talk English with a good accent — do. No foreign language can be learnt properly unless you talk in it from childhood. Mr. Bose[7]* is...

Letter to Sister Christine – 58

From Volume 9 of the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Letters – Fifth Series THE MATH, BELUR, DIST. HOWRAH, 27th May 1902. MY DEAR CHRISTINE, I am sorry I could not visit the mountains this time. My health, though not improved as much as I [had] wished, is not bad. The liver has been benefited — [that] is a great gain. The rains will commence very soon in the hills. So it is useless for me to take all the trouble of that terrible route. I am so happy to learn the mountains are doing you good. Eat a lot, sleep as much as you can, and get plump. Stuff yourself till you get plump or you burst. So the place did not suit Mr. Okakura [Kakuzo] — why? There must have been something to annoy him very much that he left the place so abruptly. Did he not like the scenery? Was it not sublime enough for him? Or the Japanese do not like sublimity at all? They only like beauty. One of the boys writes that the little boy is getting disobedient etc. Mrs. Sevier wants me to take him down. So I do. I have asked Sadananda and another monk (whom I want for work here) to go to Almora and wait for the monsoon, and when it breaks, to come down. If you feel you are becoming the least burdensome to Mrs. Sevier, write me immediately. It would be a sin to put further pressure on her — she does so much for me. However, she likes you very much and writes that you...

Letter to Emma Calvé

From Volume 9 of the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Letters – Fifth Series [This letter of condolence was written upon the death of Mme. Calvé’s father and enclosed in a letter to Miss Josephine MacLeod.] THE MATH, BELUR HOWRAH DISTRICT BENGAL, INDIA the 15th May 1902 MY DEAR MADEMOISELLE, With great sorrow I learn the sad bereavement that has come upon you. These blows must come upon us all. They are in the nature of things, yet they are so hard to bear. The force of association makes out of this unreal world a reality; and the longer the company, the more real seems the shadow. But the day comes when the unreal goes to the unreal, and, ah, how sad to bear. Yet that which is real, the Soul, is ever with us, omnipresent. Blessed is the person who has seen the real in this world of vanishing shadows. I hope, dear Mademoiselle, you have greatly improved in health since our last meeting in Egypt. May the Lord always shower His choicest blessings on you is the everlasting prayer of...