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Daily Reading

 


                           


U. S. A.,





1st July, 1895.





DEAR ALASINGA,





     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 


virtue.





     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,





VIVEKANANDA


 






 





 



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