Welcome to our Blog, enjoy your stay!
U. S. A.,
1st July, 1895.
I received your missionary book and the Ramnad photos. I have
written to the Raja as well as the Dewan at Mysore. The missionary
pamphlet must have reached here long ago, as the Ramâbâi circle
controversy with Dr. Janes savoured of it, it seems. Now you need not
be afraid of anything. There is one misstatement in that pamphlet.
I never went to a big hotel in this country, and very few times to any
other. At Baltimore, the small hotels, being ignorant, would not take
in a black man, thinking him a negro. So my host, Dr. Vrooman, had to
take me to a larger one, because they knew the difference between a negro
and a foreigner. Let me tell you, Alasinga, that you have to defend
yourselves. Why do you behave like babies? If anybody attacks your
religion, why cannot you defend it? As for me, you need not be afraid,
I have more friends than enemies here, and in this country one-third are
Christians, and only a small number of the educated care about the
missionaries. Again, the very fact of the missionaries being against
anything makes the educated like it. They are less of a power here now,
and are becoming less so every day. If their attacks pain you, why do
you behave like a petulant child and refer to me? ...Cowardice is no
Here I have already got a respectable following. Next year I will
organise it on a working basis, and then the work will be carried on.
And when I am off to India, I have friends who will back me here and
help me in India too; so you need not fear. So long as you shriek at
the missionary attempts and jump without being able to do anything, I
laugh at you; you are little dollies, that is what you are. ...What can
Swami do for old babies!!
I know, my son, I shall have to come and manufacture men out of
you. I know that India is only inhabited by women and eunuchs. So do
not fret. I will have to get means to work there. I do not put myself
in the hands of imbeciles. You need not worry, do what little you can.
I have to work alone from top to bottom. ..."This Âtman(Self) is not to
be reached by cowards." You need not be afraid for me. The Lord is with
me, you defend yourselves only and show me you can do that; and I will
be satisfied. Don't bother me any more with what any one says about me.
I am not waiting to hear any fool's judgment of me. You babies, great
results are attained only by great patience, great courage, and great
attempts. ...Kidi's mind is taking periodic somersaults,
I am afraid. ...
The brave alone do great things, not the cowards. Know once for
all, you faithless ones, that I am in the hands of the Lord. So long
as I am pure and His servant, not a hair of my head will be touched. ...
Do something for the nation, then they will help you, then the nation
will be with you. Be brave, be brave! Man dies but once. My disciples
must not be cowards.
Ever yours with love,