Letter to Alberta

From Epistles – Third Series of Volume 7 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (Translated from Bengali) PERROS GUIREC BERTAGNE, 22nd September, 1900. To Miss Alberta Sturges on her 23rd birthday The mother’s heart, the hero’s will, The softest flower’s sweetest feel; The charm and force that ever sway The altar fire’s flaming play; The strength that leads, in love obeys; Far-reaching dreams, and patient ways, Eternal faith in Self, in all The sight Divine in great in small; All these, and more than I could see Today may “Mother” grant to thee. Ever yours with love and blessings, VIVEKANANDA. DEAR ALBERTA, This little poem is for your birthday. It is not good, but it has all my love. I am sure, therefore, you will like it. Will you kindly send a copy each of the pamphlets there to madame Besnard, Clairoix, Bres Compiegne, Oise, and oblige? Your well-wisher,...

Letter to Aunt Roxy

From Epistles – Third Series of Volume 7 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (Translated from Bengali) 2nd May, 1900. DEAR AUNT ROXY, (Mrs. Blodgett of Los Angeles), Your very, very kind letter came. I am down again with nerves and fever, after six months of hard work. However, I found out that my kidneys and heart are as good as ever. I am going to take a few days’ rest in the country and then start for Chicago. I have just written to Mrs. Milward Adams and also have given an introduction to my daughter, Miss Noble, to go and call upon Mrs. Adams and give her all information she wants about the work. Well, dear good mother, may all blessings attend you and peace. I just want a bit of peace badly — pray for me. With love to Kate, Ever your son, VIVEKANANDA. PS. Love to Miss Spencer — the Basaquisitz(?), Mrs. S__, and the other friends. A heap of loving pats on the head to Tricks....

Letter to Mr. Leggett

From Epistles – Third Series of Volume 7 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (Translated from Bengali) 17th April, 1900. MY DEAR MR. LEGGETT, Herewith I send the executed Will to you. It has been executed as desired by her, and of course, as usual, I am requesting you for the trouble of taking charge of it. You and yours have been so uniformly kind to me. But you know, dear friend, it is human nature to ask for more favours (now that they have come) where it gets from. I am only a man, your child. I am so sorry A__ has made disturbances. He does that now and then, at least used to. I do not venture to meddle, for fear of creating more trouble. You know how to manage him best. By the time you receive this letter, I will be off from San Francisco. Will you kindly send my Indian mail C/o Mrs. Hale, 10 Aster Street, Chicago, and to Margot in the same place? Margot writes very thankfully of your gift of a thousand dollars for her school. May all blessings ever follow you and yours for your uniform kindness to me and mine, is the constant prayer of Yours affectionately, VIVEKANANDA. PS. I am so glad to learn that Mrs. Leggett has already...

Letter to Mother -IV

From Epistles – Third Series of Volume 7 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (Translated from Bengali) 1719 TURK STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, 7th April, 1900. DEAR MOTHER (Mrs. Leggett.), Accept my congratulations for the news of the cause of the wound being completely removed. I have no doubt of your being perfectly cured this time. Your very kind note cheered me a good deal. I do not mind at all whether people come round to help me or not; I am becoming calm and less worried. Kindly convey my best love to Mrs. Melton. I am sure to recover in the long run. My health has been improving in the main, though there are occasional relapses. Each relapse becoming less, both in tone and in time. It is just like you to have Turiyananda and Siri treated. The Lord has blessed you for your great heart. May all blessings ever follow you and yours. It is perfectly true that I should go to France and work on French. I hope to reach France in July or earlier. Mother knows. May all good ever follow you, is the constant prayer of Your son, VIVEKANANDA....

Letter to Mother -III

From Epistles – Third Series of Volume 7 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (Translated from Bengali) 1719 TURK STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, 17th March, 1900. DEAR MOTHER (Mrs. Leggett.), I had a letter from Joe asking me to send my signature on four slips of paper, so that Mr. Leggett may put my money in the bank for me. As I cannot possibly reach her in time, I send the slips to you. I am getting better in health and doing financially something. I am quite satisfied. I am not at all sorry that more people did not respond to your call. I knew they would not. But I am eternally thankful to you for all your kindness. May all blessings follow you and yours for ever. It is better that my mail be sent to 1231 Pine Street, C/o the Home of Truth. For though I be moving about, that place is a permanent establishment, and the people there are very kind to me. I am so glad to learn that you are very well now. Mrs. Melton has left Los Angeles — I am informed by Mrs. Blodgett. Has she gone to New York? Dr. and Mrs. Hiller came back to San Francisco day before yesterday. They declare themselves very much helped by Mrs. Melton. Mrs. Hiller expects to get completely cured in a short time. I had a number of lectures here already and in Oakland. The Oakland lectures paid well. The first week in San Francisco was not paying, this week is. Hope the next week will pay also. I am so glad to...