U. S. A.
30th November, 1894.
...As to the wonderful stories published about Shri Ramakrishna, I advise you to keep clear of them and the fools who write them. They are true, but the fools will make a mess of the whole thing, I am sure. He had a whole world of knowledge to teach, why insist upon unnecessary things as miracles really are! They do not prove anything.
Matter does not prove Spirit. What connection is there between the existence of God, Soul, or immortality, and the working of miracles? ...Preach Shri Ramakrishna. Pass the Cup that has satisfied your thirst. ...Preach Bhakti. Do not disturb your head with metaphysical nonsense, and do not disturb others by your bigotry.
...Yours ever with blessings,
[Letter to Alasinga Perumal]
U. S. A.,
26th December, 1894.
BLESSED AND BELOVED,
...In reference to me every now and then attacks are made in missionary papers(so I hear), but I never care to see them. If you send any of those made in India, I should throw them into the waste-paper basket. A little agitation was necessary for our work. We have had enough.
Pay no more attention to what people say about me, whether good or bad. You go on with your work and remember that "Never one meets with evil who tries to do good"(Gita, VI. 40).
Every day the people here are appreciating me. And between you and me, I am more of an influence here than you dream of. Everything must proceed slowly.
...I have written to you before, and I write again, that I shall not pay heed to any criticism or praise in the newspapers. They are consigned to the fire. Do you do the same. Pay no attention whatsoever to newspaper nonsense or criticism. Be sincere and do your duty. Everything will come all right. Truth must triumph. ...
Missionary misrepresentations should be beneath your notice. ...Perfect silence is the best refutation to them, and I wish you to maintain the same.
...Make Mr. Subrahmanya Iyer the President of your Society. He is one of the sincerest and noblest men I know; and in him, intellect and emotion are beautifully blended. Push on in your work, without counting much on me; work on your own account.
...As for me, I do not know when I shall go back; I am working here and in India as well. ...
With my love to you all,
Yours ever with blessings,