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Monday, August 21st 2017

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Daily Reading



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,





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