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Daily Reading







To Miss Josephine MacLeod





GOPAL LAL VILLA


BENARAS CANTONMENT


14 February 1902.


DEAR JOE





I received a note yesterday from Mr. Okakura [Kakuzo]. They have seen Agra on their way to Gwalior. They must be there now.





The wire he sent to Japan was to Mr. [Tokuno] Oda to come immediately. There was a work. "Six" in it also.





It is quite cool here even now — and will remain so for this month at least. Is it getting warm in Calcutta?





I hope Mrs. [Ole] Bull and Nivedita are getting well rested after that tremendous journey.





I am so so.





The boys all send love.





Ever Yours with love and blessings,





VIVEKANANDA.





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To Swami Brahmananda





(Translated from Bengali)





GOPAL LAL VILLA,


BENARES (VARANASI) CANTONMENT, 


18th February, 1902.


MY DEAR RAKHAL,


You must have received by this time my letter of yesterday containing an acknowledgment of the money. The main object of this letter is to write about __ . You should go and meet him as soon as you get this letter. . . . Get a competent doctor and have the disease diagnosed properly. Now where is Vishnu Mohini, the eldest daughter of Ram Babu (Ram Chandra Datta, a disciple of Shri Ramakrishna)? She has recently been widowed. . . .


Anxiety is worse than the disease. Give a little money — whatever is needed. If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine. . . 


Reply very soon. "Uncle" (Mr. Okakura was emdearingly so called. "Kura" approximating to "Khurhâ" in Bengali which means uncle; Swamiji out of fun calls him uncle.) and Niranjan have written a letter from Gwalior. . . Here it is now becoming hot gradually. This place was cooler than Bodh-Gaya. . . . I was very pleased to hear that the Saraswati-Puja was celebrated by Nivedita with great success. If she wants to open the school soon, let her do so. Readings from the sacred books, worship, study  see that all these are being maintained. My love to all.





Yours affectionately,





VIVEKANANDA.








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To Swami Brahmananda





(Translated from Bengali)





GOPAL LAL VILLA


BENARES (VARANASI) CANTONMENT,


21st February, 1902.


MY DEAR RAKHAL,


I received a letter from you just now. If mother and grandmother desire to come, send them over. It is better to get away from Calcutta now when the season of plague is on. There is wide-spread plague in Allahabad; I do not know if it will spread to Varanasi this time . . . . Tell Mrs. Bull from me that a tour to Ellora and other places involves a difficult journey, and it is now very hot. Her body is so tired that it is not proper to go on a tour at present. It is several days since I received a letter from "Uncle" (Mr. Okakura was emdearingly so called. "Kura" approximating to "Khurhâ" in Bengali which means uncle; Swamiji out of fun calls him uncle.). The last news was that he had gone to Ajanta. Mahant also has not replied, perhaps he will do so with the reply to Raja Pyari Mohan's letter. . . .


Write me in detail about the matter of the Nepal Minister. Give my special love and blessings to Mrs. Bull, Miss MacLeod, and all others. My love and greetings to you, Baburam (Swami Premananda), and all others. Has Gopal Dada (Swami Advaitananda) got the letter? Kindly look after the goat a bit.





Yours affectionately,





VIVEKANANDA.





PS. All the boys here send you their respectful salutations.









 



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