6th August, 1896.
I learnt from your letter the bad financial state the Brahmavâdin is in. I will try to help you when I go back to London. You must not lower the tone. Keep up the paper. Very soon I will be able to help you in such a manner as to make you free of this nonsense teacher business. Do not be afraid. Great things are going to be done, my child. Take heart. The Brahmavâdin is a jewel—it must not perish. Of course, such a paper has to be kept up by private help always, and we will do it. Hold on a few months more.
Max Müller's article on Shri Ramakrishna has been published in the Nineteenth Century. I will send you a copy as soon as I get it. He writes me very nice letters and wants material for a big work on Ramakrishna's life. Write to Calcutta to send all the material they can to Max Müller.
I have received the communication to the American paper before. You must not publish it in India. Enough of this newspaper blazoning, I am tired of it anyhow. Let us go our own way, and let fools talk. Nothing can resist truth.
I am, as you see, now in Switzerland and am always on the move. I cannot and must not do anything in the way of writing, nor much reading either. There is a big London work waiting for me from next month. In winter I am going back to India and will try to set things on their feet there.
My love to all. Work on, brave hearts, fail not— no saying nay; work on—the Lord is behind the work. Mahashakti is with you.
Yours with love and blessings,
PS. Do not be afraid, money and everything will come soon.
8th August, 1896
Since writing to you a few days ago I have found my way to let you know that I am in a position to do this for the Brahmavâdin. I will give you Rs. 100 a month for a year or two, i.e. Ł60 or Ł70 a year, i.e. as much as would cover Rs. 100 a month. That will set you free to work for the Brahmavâdin and make it a better success. Mr. Mani Iyer and a few friends can help in raising fund that would cover the printing etc. What is the income from subscription? Can these be employed to pay the contributors and get a fine series of articles? It is not necessary that everybody should understand all that is written in the Brahmavâdin, but that they must subscribe from patriotism and good Karma—the Hindus I mean.
Several things are necessary. First there should be strict integrity. Not that I even hint that any of you would digress from it, but the Hindus have a peculiar slovenliness in business matters, not being sufficiently methodical and strict in keeping accounts etc.
Secondly, entire devotion to the cause, knowing that your SALVATION depends upon making the Brahmavâdin a success. Let this paper be your Ishtadevata, and then you will see how success comes. I have already sent for Abhedananda from India. I hope there will be no delay with him as it was with the other Swami. On receipt of this letter you send me a clear account of all the income and the expenses of the Brahmavâdin so that I may judge from it what best can be done. Remember that perfect purity, disinterestedness, and obedience to the Guru are the secret of all success. ...
A big foreign circulation of a religious paper is impossible. It must be supported by the Hindus if they have any sense of virtue or gratitude left to them.
By the by, Mrs. Annie Besant invited me to speak at her Lodge, on Bhakti. I lectured there one night. Col. Olcott also was there. I did it to show my sympathy for all sects. ...Our countrymen must remember that in things of the Spirit we are the teachers, and not foreigners —but in things of the world we ought to learn from them. I have read Max Müller's article, which is a good one, considering that when he wrote it, six months ago. he had no material except Mazoomdar's leaflet. Now he writes me a long and nice letter offering to write a book on Shri Ramakrishna. I have already supplied him with much material, but a good deal more is needed from India.
Work on! Hold on! Be brave! Dare anything and everything!
...It is all misery, this Samsâra, don't you see!
Yours with blessings and love,