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To Sister Nivedita
3rd November, 1897.
MY DEAR MISS NOBLE, (This was the last letter received in England by Sister Nivedita.)Â
. . . Too much sentiment hurts work. "Hard as steel and soft as a flower" is the motto.
I shall soon write to Sturdy. He is right to tell you that in case of trouble I will stand by you. You will have the whole of it if I find a piece of bread in India â you may rest assured of that. I am going to write to Sturdy from Lahore, for which I start tomorrow. I have been here for 15 days to get some land in Kashmir from the Maharaja. I intend to go to Kashmir again next summer, if I am here, and start some work there.
With everlasting love,
To Swami Brahmananda
(Original in Bengali)
11th November, 1897.
MY DEAR RAKHAL,
The lecture at Lahore is over somehow. I shall start for Dehra Dun in a day or two. I have now postponed my tour to Sind, as none of you are agreeable to it, and also because of various other obstacles.
Somebody has opened my two letters from England on the way. So don't send me letters any further for the present. Send them after I have written for them from Khetri. If you go to Orissa, then make arrangements that some one will do all the work as your representative â say Hari, especially now, when I am daily expecting letters from America.Â
Perhaps the will that I asked you to make in favour of Hari and Sharat has now been made.
Probably I shall leave Sadananda and Sudhir here after establishing a Society. Now no more lecturing â I go in a hurry straight to Rajputana.
The establishment of the Math must have precedence over everything.
Without regular exercise the body does not keep fit; talking, talking all the time brings illness â know this for certain. My love to all.