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To Mme. Emma Calv?
[This letter of condolence was written upon the death of Mme. Calv's father and enclosed in a letter to Miss Josephine Mac-Leod.]
The Math, Belur
the 15th May 1902
My dear Mademoiselle,
With great sorrow I learn the sad bereavement that has come upon you.
These blows must come upon us all. They are in the nature of things, yet they are so hard to bear.
The force of association makes out of this unreal world a reality; and the longer the company, the more real seems the shadow. But the day comes when the unreal goes to the unreal, and, ah, how sad to bear.
Yet that which is real, the Soul, is ever with us, omnipresent. Blessed is the person who has seen the real in this world of vanishing shadows.
I hope, dear Mademoiselle, you have greatly improved in health since our last meeting in Egypt.
May the Lord always shower His choicest blessings on you is the everlasting prayer of
To Josephine MacLeod
15th May, 1902.
I send you the letter to Madame Calvé.Â
I am somewhat better, but of course far from what I expected. A great idea of quiet has come upon me. I am going to retire for good â no more work for me. If possible, I will revert to my old days of begging.
All blessings attend you, Joe; you have been a good angel to me.
With everlasting love,
To Sister Christine
The Math, Belur, Dist. Howrah,
27th May 1902.
My dear Christine,
I am sorry I could not visit the mountains this time. My health, though not improved as much as I [had] wished, is not bad. The liver has been benefited--[that] is a great gain. The rains will commence very soon in the hills. So it is useless for me to take all the trouble of that terrible route.
I am so happy to learn the mountains are doing you good. Eat a lot, sleep as much as you can, and get plump. Stuff yourself till you get plump or you burst.
So the place did not suit Mr. Okakura [Kakuzo]--why? There must have been something to annoy him very much that he left the place so abruptly. Did he not like the scenery? Was it not sublime enough for him? Or the Japanese do not like sublimity at all? They only like beauty.
One of the boys writes that the little boy is getting disobedient etc. Mrs. Sevier wants me to take him down. So I do. I have asked Sadananda and another monk (whom I want for work here) to go to Almora and wait for the monsoon, and when it breaks, to come down.
If you feel you are becoming the least burdensome to Mrs. Sevier, write me immediately. It would be a sin to put further pressure on her--she does so much for me. However, she likes you very much and writes that you look be-au-ti-ful in saris
.I have just now two kids and three lambs added to the family. There was one more kid, but he got himself drowned in the yellow fish tank. How is Margot? Is she still there, or gone away with Mr. Okakura? How is she pulling on with the boys?
What do you do the whole day? How do you pass the day? Write me all details, and frequently; but do not expect long letters from me often.
Give my love to Mrs. Sevier, to Margot and the rest, and you may take a few spoonfuls, if you like,
with only this,
PS--Have an eye on the little chap. The boys are already jealous of him. They did spoil another boy that way before.