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Thursday, April 27th 2017

12:05 AM

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[Letter to Isabelle McKindley]



20th August, 1894.




     Your very kind letter duly reached me at Annisquam.  I am with the Bagleys once more.  They are kind as usual.  Professor Wright was not here.  But he came the day before yesterday and we have very nice time together. Mr. Bradley of Evanston, whom you have met at Evanston, was here.  His sister-in-law had me sit for a picture several days and had painted me.  


I had some very fine boating and one evening overturned the boat and had a good drenching—clothes and all.  I had very very nice time at Greenacre.  They were all so earnest and kind people.  Fanny Hartley and Mrs. Mills have by this time gone back home I suppose.


     From here I think I will go back to New York.  Or I may go to Boston to Mrs. Ole Bull. Perhaps you have heard of Mr. Ole Bull, the great violinist of this country.  She is his widow.  She is a very spiritual lady. She lives in Cambridge and has a fine big parlour made of wood work brought all the way from India.  She wants me to come over to her any time and use her parlour to lecture. 


 Boston of course is the great field for everything, but the Boston people as quickly take hold of anything as give it up; while the New Yorkers are slow, but when they get hold of anything they do it with a mortal grip.


     I have kept pretty good health all the time and hope to do in the future.  I had no occasion yet to draw on my reserve, yet I am rolling on pretty fair. And I have given up all money-making schemes and will be quite satisfied with a bite and a shed and work on.


     I believe you are enjoying your summer retreat.  Kindly convey my best regards and love to Miss Howe and Mr. Frank Howe.


     Perhaps I did not tell you in my last how I slept and lived and preached under the trees and for a few days at least found myself once more in the atmosphere of heaven.


     Most probably I will make New York my centre for the next winter; and as soon as I fix on that, I will write to you.  I am not yet settled in my ideas of remaining in this country anymore.  I cannot settle anything of that sort.  I must bide my time.  


May the Lord bless you all for ever and ever is the constant prayer of your ever affectionate brother,








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Thursday, April 27th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading



U. S. A.,


11th July, 1894.




     You must never write to me anywhere else but 541 Dearborn Ave Chicago.  Your last letter has traveled the whole country to come to me, and this was only because I am so well known.  Some of the resolutions are to be sent to Dr. Barrows with a letter thanking him for his kindness to me and asking him to publish the letter in some American newspapers—as that would be the best refutation of the false charges of the missionaries that I do not represent anybody.  Learn business, my boy.  We will do great things yet!  Last year I only sowed the seeds; this year I mean to reap.  In the mean while, keep up as much enthusiasm as possible in India.  Let Kidi go his own way.  He will come out all right in time.  I have taken his responsibility.  He has a perfect right to his own opinion.  Make him write for the paper; that will keep him in good temper!  My blessings on him.


     Start the journal and I will send you articles from time to time. You must send a paper and a letter to Professor J. H. Wright of Harvard University, Boston, thanking him as having been the first man who stood as my friend and asking him to publish it in the papers, thus giving the lie to the missionaries.


     In the Detroit lecture I got $900, i.e. Rs. 2,700.  In other lectures, I earned in one, $2,500, i.e. Rs. 7,500 in one hour, but got only 200 dollars!  I was cheated by a roguish Lecture Bureau.  I have given them up.  I spent a good deal here; only about $3,000 remains.


     I shall have to print much matter next year.  I am going regularly to work. ...The sheer power of the will will do everything. ...You must organise a society which should regularly meet, and write to me about it as often as you can.  In fact, get up as much enthusiasm as you can. Only, beware of falsehood.  Go to work, my boys, the fire will come to you!  The faculty of organisation is entirely absent in our nature, but this has to be infused.  The great secret is absence of jealousy.  Be always ready to concede to the opinions of your brethren, and try always to conciliate.  That is the whole secret.  Fight on bravely!  Life is short!  Give it up to a great cause.  


Why do you not write anything about Narasimha?  He is almost starving. I gave him something.  Then he went over to somewhere, I do not know where, and does not write.  Akshaya is a good boy.  I like him very much.  No use quarrelling with the Theosophists.  Do not go and tell them all I write to you...  Theosophists are our pioneers, do you know?  Now Judge is a Hindu and Col. a Buddhist, and Judge is the ablest man here.  Now tell the Hindu Theosophists to support Judge.  Even if you can write Judge a letter, thanking him as a co-religionist and for his labours in presenting Hinduism before Americans; that will do his heart much good.  We must not join any sect, but we must sympathise and work with each. ...Work, work conquer all by your love! ...


     Try to expand.  Remember the only sign of life is motion and growth.  You must send the passed resolution to Dr.J. H. Barrows..., Dr. Paul Carus..., Senator Palmer..., Mrs. J. J. Bagley..., it must come officially.


 ...I write this because I do not think you know the ways of foreign nations... Keep on steadily.  So far we have done wonderful things.  Onward, brave souls, we will gain!  Organise and found societies and go to work, that is the only way.


     At this time of the year there is not much lecturing to be done here; so I will devote myself to my pen and write.  I shall be hard at work all the time, and then, when the cold weather comes and people return to their homes, I shall begin lecturing again and at the same time organise societies.


     My love and blessings to you all.  I never forget anybody, though I do not write often.  Then again, I am now, continuously traveling, and letters have to be redirected from one place to another.


     Work hard. Be holy and pure and the fire will come.


Yours affectionately,








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