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Monday, June 11th 2018

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Daily Reading







To Sister Christine





The Math, Belur,


Dist. Howrah, Bengal,


25th September 1901.


Dear Christine,


I could not write you last mail, excusez [excuse]. But I have been expecting one from you for a long time. Hope one will come this mail.


I am just thinking of going over to Japan, as Miss [Josephine] MacLeod is so insistent. Perhaps something will be done; who knows?


From Japan, of course, a peep into America seems inevitable.


Not much news of Mrs. [Ole] Bull or Margot [Sister Nivedita]. Margot is rested, well, and strong. She will come to India some day, perhaps. I am soon expecting Mrs. [Charlotte] Sevier though. Her work is needing her. Her beautiful home in the Himalayan forests is a temptation, especially now when a huge tiger is roaming in her compound and killed a horse, a buffalo, and her pair of mastiffs in broad daylight; a number of bears [are] playing havoc with her vegetable garden; and lots of porcupines [are] doing mischief everywhere!!! She went out of the way to buy land in a forest--she and her husband liked it so much.


There is not much to write this week. Words only tire one, except one which is inexhaustible, infinite.


So, goodbye till next week.


Ever with love and blessings,


Vivekananda.


PS--Just now comes a telegram from Miss MacLeod and a letter also. She is so insistent that I am thinking of going over to Japan. In that case, we cross over to America this winter, and thence to England.


Yours,


 





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To Sister Christine





The Math, Belur,


Dist. Howrah, Bengal,


8th October 1901.


Dear Christina,


Yours of September 9 came to hand yesterday. I congratulate you on your successful visit to the Huron Lake; a few more of them (according to your letter) will force you to sympathize with our condition--oh, the gasping and the melting and the puffing and all the rest of them!


However, nothing in the world like a plump, ripe fruit.


I had to give up my trip to Japan: firstly, because I am not in a working trim yet; secondly, [I] don't much care to make such a long voyage (one month) alone; thirdly, what am I to talk to them, I wonder.


Our heat too has been fierce and is continuing unusually long this year. I am blacker than a Negro by this time.


The California work is progressing famously. They want one or two men more. I would send, if I could, but I have not any more spare men. Poor Turiyananda is suffering from malaria yet, and is awfully overworked.


Do you know whether they published my Jnana-Yoga or not? I got a copy of a second edition of Karma-Yoga only.


I am bobbing up and down in the current of life. Today it is rather down, so I finish the letter here.


Yours with all love and blessings,


Vivekananda.









 



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