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[Letter to Swami Brahmananda]




[Translated from Bengali]




 




GOPAL LAL VILLA,




BENARES(VARANASI) CANTONMENT,




 




18th February, 1902.




 




MY DEAR RAKHAL.,




 




     You must have received by this time my letter of yesterday containing an acknowledgment of the money.  The main object of this letter is to write about—. You should go and meet him as soon as you get this letter. ... Get a competent doctor and have the disease diagnosed properly. Now where is Vishnu Mohini, the eldest daughter of Ram Babu?^ She has recently been widowed. ...




 




     Anxiety is worse than the disease.  Give a little money —  whatever is needed.  If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine...




 




     Reply very soon.  "Uncle" and Niranjan have written a letter from Gwalior... Here it is now becoming hot gradually.  This place was cooler than Bodh-Gaya. ...I was very pleased to hear that the Saraswati-Pujâ was celebrated by Nivedita with great success.  If she wants to open the School soon, let her do so.  Readings from the sacred books, worship, study —see that all these are being maintained.  My love to all.




 




Yours affectionately,




 




VIVEKANANDA.




 




 




      ^Ram Chandra Datta, a disciple of Shri Ramakrishna.




 




 




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[Letter to Swami Brahmananda]




[Translated from Bengali]




 




GOPAL LAL VILLA,




BENARES(VARANASI) CANTONMENT,




 




21st February, 1902.




 




MY DEAR RAKHAL,




 




     I received a letter from you just now.  If mother and grandmother desire to come, send them over.  It is better to get away from Calcutta now when the season of plague is on. There is wide-spread plague in Allahabad; I do not know if it will spread to Varanasi this time.... Tell Mrs. Bull from me that a tour to Ellora and other places involves a difficult journey, and it is now very hot.  




 




Her body is so tired that it is not proper to go on a tour at present.  It is several days since I received a letter from "Uncle".  The last news was that he had gone to Ajanta.  Mahant also has not replied, perhaps he will do so with the reply to Raja Pyari Mohan's letter. ...




 




     Write me in detail about the matter of the Nepal Minister.  Give my special love and blessings to Mrs. Bull, Miss MacLeod, and all others.  My love and greetings to you, Baburam,^ and all others.  Has Gopal Dada^ got the letter?  Kindly look after the goat a bit.




 




Yours affectionately,




 




VIVEKANANDA.




 




     PS.  All the boys here send you their respectful salutations.




 




^Baburam - Swami Premananda.




 




^Gopal Dada - Swami Advsitananda.




 




 








 




 


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