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Daily Reading



[Letter to Mr. F. Leggett]





7th July, 1895.




     I see you are enjoying New York very much, so excuse my breaking into your reverie with a letter.


     I had two beautiful letters from Miss MacLeod and Mrs. Sturges.  Also they sent over two pretty birch bark books.  I have filled them with Sanskrit texts and translations, and they go by today's post.


     Mrs. Dora^ is giving, I hear, some startling performances in the Mahâtmâ line.


     Since leaving Percy^^ I have invitations to come over to London from unexpected quarters, and that I look forward to with great expectations.


     I do not want to lose this opportunity of working in London.  And so your invitation, coupled with the London one, is, I know, a divine call for further work.


     I shall be here all this month and only have to go to Chicago for a few days sometime in August.


     Don't fret. Father Leggett, this is the best time for expectation when sure in love.


     Lord bless you ever and ever, and may all happiness be yours for ever, as you richly deserve it.


Ever yours in love and affection,




^Mrs. Dora Rosthlesberger, an occultist who had introduced Miss MacLeod and Mrs. Sturges to Swami Vivekananda.

^^Percy- Mr. Leggett's camp in New Hampshire.  From here Swami Vivekananda went to Thousand Island Park.






[Letter to The Maharaja of Khetri]


U. S. A.,


9th July, 1895.


... About my coming to India, the matter stands thus.  I am, as your Highness well knows, a man of dogged perseverance.  I have planted a seed in this country; it is already a plant, and I expect it to be a tree very soon, I have got a few hundred followers.  I shall make several Sannyâsins, and then I go to India, leaving the work to them.  The more the Christian priests oppose me, the more I am determined to leave a permanent mark on their country. ...I have already some friends in London.  


I am going there by the end of August. ...This winter anyway has to be spent partly in London and partly in New York, and then I shall be free to go to India.  There will be enough men to carry on the work here after this winter if the Lord is kind.  Each work has to pass through these stages— ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance.  Each man who thinks ahead of his time is sure to be misunderstood.  So opposition and persecution are welcome, only I have to be steady and pure and must have immense faith in God, and all these will vanish. ...






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