Letter to Mrs.Ole Bull -12

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. To Mrs. Ole Bull THE MATH, BELUR, HOWRAH DIST., BENGAL, INDIA, 15 December, 1900. MY DEAR MOTHER, Three days ago I reached here. It was quite unexpected — my visit, and everybody was so surprised. Things here have gone better than I expected during my absence, only Mr. Sevier has passed away. It was a tremendous blow, sure, and I don’t know the future of the work in the Himalayas. I am expecting daily a letter from Mrs. Sevier who is there still. How are you? Where are you? My affairs here will be straightened out shortly, I hope, and I am trying my best to straighten them out. The remittance you send my cousin should henceforth be sent to me direct, the bills being drawn in my name. I will cash them and send her the money. It is better the money goes to her through me. Saradananda and Brahmananda are much better and this year there is very little malaria here. This narrow strip on the banks of the river is always free from malaria. Only when we get a large supply of pure water the conditions will be perfected here....

Letter to Miss Josephine MacLeod -20

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. To Miss Josephine MacLeod PORT TEWFICK 26th November, 1900. DEAR JOE, The steamer was late; so I am waiting. Thank goodness, it entered the Canal this morning at Port Said. That means it will arrive some time in the evening if everything goes right. Of course it is like solitary imprisonment these two days, and I am holding my soul in patience. But they say the change is thrice dear. Mr. Gaze’s agent gave me all wrong directions. In the first place, there was nobody here to tell me a thing, not to speak of receiving me. Secondly, I was not told that I had to change my Gaze’s ticket for a steamer one at the agent’s office, and that was at Suez, not here. It was good one way, therefore, that the steamer was late; so I went to see the agent of the steamer and he told me to exchange Gaze’s pass for a regular ticket. I hope to board the steamer some time tonight. I am well and happy and am enjoying the fun immensely. How is Mademoiselle? Where is Bois? Give my everlasting gratitude and good wishes to Mme. Calve. She is a good lady. Hoping you will enjoy your trip. Ever affectionately yours,...

Letter to Sister Christine

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. (Translated from the original in French) To Sister Christine 6 PLACE DES ETATS UNIS, PARIS, 14th October, 1900. God bless you at each step, my dear Christine, such is my constant prayer! Your letter, so beautiful and so calm, has given me that fresh energy which I am often losing. I am happy, yes, I am happy, but the cloud has not left me entirely. It sometimes comes back, unfortunately, but it no longer has the morbidity it used to have. I am staying with a famous French writer, M. Jules Bois. I am his guest. As he is a man making his living with his pen, he is not rich; but we have many great ideas in common and feel happy together. He discovered me a few years ago and has already translated some of my pamphlets into French. We shall in the end find what we are looking for, isn’t it? Thus, I shall travel with Madame Calve, Miss MacLeod, and M. Jules Bois. I shall be the guest of Madame Calve, the famous singer. We shall go to Constantinople, the Near East, Greece, and Egypt. On our way back, we shall visit Venice. It may be that I shall give a few lectures in Paris after my return, but they will be in English with an interpreter. I have no time any more, nor the power to study a new language at my age. I am an old man, isn’t it? Mrs. Funke is ill. I think she works too hard....

Letter to Mademoiselle

From ‘Epistles – Fourth Series’-chapter -V of Volume 8 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. (Translated from the original in French) 6 PLACE DES ETATS UNIS, PARIS, October, 1900. MY DEAR MADEMOISELLE, I have been very happy and content here. I am having the best of times after many years. I find life here with Mr. Bois very satisfactory — the books, the calm, and the absence of everything that usually troubles me. But I don’t know what kind of destiny is waiting for me now. My letter is funny, isn’t it? But it is my first attempt. Yours faithfully,...

Letter to Swami Turiyananda -8

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, September, 1900. MY DEAR TURIYANANDA, Just now I received your letter. Through Mother’s will all work will go on; don’t be afraid. I shall soon leave for some other place. Perhaps I shall be on a tour of Constantinople and other places for some time. Mother knows what will come next. I have received a letter from Mrs. Wilmot. From this, too, it appears that she is very enthusiastic. Sit firm and free from worries. Everything will be all right. If hearing the Nada etc. does anyone harm, he can get rid of it if he gives up meditation for a time and takes to fish and meat. If the body does not become progressively weak, there is no cause for alarm. Practice should be slow. I shall leave this place before your reply comes. So do not send the reply to this letter here. I have received all the issues of Sarada’s paper, and wrote to him lots a few weeks ago. I have a mind to send more later on. There is no knowing where my next stop will be. This much I can say that I am trying to be free from care. I received a letter from Kali, too, today. I shall send him a reply tomorrow. The body is somehow rolling on. Work makes it ill, and rest keeps it well — that is all. Mother knows. Nivedita has gone to England. She and Mrs. Bull are collecting...