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To Josephine MacLeod





THE MATH, BELUR,


18th June, 1901.


DEAR JOE,


I enclose with yours an acknowledgement of Mr. Okakura's money — of course I am up to all your tricks.


However, I am really trying to come, but you know — one month to go — one to come — and a few days' stay! Never mind, I am trying my best. Only my terribly poor health, some legal affairs, etc., etc., may make a little delay.





With everlasting love,





VIVEKANANDA





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To Mr. Okakura Kakuzo





THE MATH, BELUR


HOWRAH DIS.


BENGAL, INDIA


18th June 1901


DEAR FRIEND 





Allow me to call you a friend. We must have been such in some past birth. Your cheque for 300 rupees duly reached and many thanks for the same.





I am just thinking of going to Japan, but with one thing or another and my precarious health, I cannot expedite matters as I wish.





Japan to me is a dream — so beautiful that it haunts one all his life.





With all love and blessings,





VIVEKANANDA





Kakudzo [Kakuzo] Okakura Esq.


Tokyo, Japan








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To Sister Christine





The Math, Belur,


Dist. Howrah, Bengal, India,


[End of June 1901]


Dear Christina,


Your very welcome letter just reached. A few days ago a precious little bit of poem also reached. I wish it ever so much you were the writer thereof. Anyhow, most of us feel, though unable to express; and then, "There are thoughts that lie too deep for tears". Regularity in anything is not in my line of life, but that need not make you irregular. I pray you to drop a few lines every now and then. Of course, when I am not in this body, I am sure the news will reach you, and then you will have to stop writing.


Miss MacLeod wishes me to join her in Japan, but I am not sure. Most probably I am not going, especially as I expect both her and Mrs. Ole Bull in India, in November. Two whole months consumed in coming and going; only one month's stay in Japan--that does not pay, I am afraid.Say,


I am getting enormously fat about the middle--alas!


Mrs. [Charlotte] Sevier, who is now in England, returns in a few months to India. She has invited Mrs. Bull etc. to be her guests in the Himalayas. I wish they could be there during summer.


I have manfully borne the terrific heat of my country in the plains, and now I am facing the deluging rains of my country. Do you know how I am taking rest? I have got a few goats and sheep and cows and dogs and cranes! And I am taking care of them the whole day! It is not trying to be happy; what for? Why should one not be unhappy as well--both being nonsense?--but just to kill time.


Do you correspond with Mrs. Bull or Nivedita?


Don't worry, don't be anxious; for me the "Mother" is my protection and refuge; and everything must come round soon, better than my fondest dreams can paint.


With all love,


Vivekananda.









 



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