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Saturday, September 22nd 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

To Mrs. Ole (Sarah Chapman) Bull

1123 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore,

17 October 1894.

Dear Mrs. Bull,

I could not find time earlier to write you--I was so incessantly knocking about. We had a nice meeting last Sunday at Baltimore and [are] going to have one more next Sunday. Of course, they do not financially help me a bit; but as I promised to help them and like the idea, I speak for them. 

In the letters you sent over from India was an address sent over to me from Calcutta by my fellow citizens for my work here and a number of newspaper cuttings. I will send them on to you later.

Yesterday I went to see Washington and met Mrs. Colville and Miss Young, who were very kind to me.

I am going to speak at Washington again and then will go over to Philadelphia and from there to New York.

Your affectionate Son,




To Swami Ramakrishnananda

(Original in Bengali)


22nd October, 1894.


Glad to receive your letter and go through the contents. I received today a letter of Akshay Kumar Ghosh from London, which also gives me some information. . .

Now you have come to know your own powers. Strike the iron while it is hot. Idleness won't do. Throw overboard all idea of jealousy and egotism, once for all. Come on to the practical field with tremendous energy; to work, in the fullness of strength! As to the rest, the Lord will point out the way. The whole world will be deluged by a tidal wave. Work, work, work let this be your motto. I cannot see anything else. There is no end of work here  I am careering all over the country. Wherever the seed of his power will find its way, there it will fructify  be it today, or in a hundred years." You must work in sympathy with all, then only it will lead to quick results . . . 

Our object is to do good to the world, and not the trumpeting of our own names. Why doesn't Niranjan (Niranjanananda) learn Pali in Ceylon, and study Buddhist books? I cannot make out what good will come of aimless rambling. Those that have come under his protection, have virtue, wealth, desires, and freedom lying at their feet Courage! Everything will come about by degrees. From all of you I want this that you must discard for ever self-aggrandisement, faction-mongering, and jealousy. You must be all-forbearing, like Mother Earth. If you can achieve this, the world will be at your feet. . . 

Try to give less of material food in the anniversary celebrations, and give some food for the brain instead. . . .

Yours affectionately,



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