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To Alasinga Perumal
23rd March, 1896
. . . One of my new Sannyasins is indeed a woman. She was a leader of the labourers. The others are men. I am going to make some more in England and take them over to India with me.
These "white" faces will have more influence in India than the Hindus; moreover, they are vigorous, the Hindus are dead.
The only hope of India is from the masses. The upper classes are physically and morally dead. . . .
My success is due to my popular style--the greatness of a teacher consists in the simplicity of his language.
. . . I am going to England next month. I am afraid I have worked too much; my nerves are almost shattered by this long-continued work.
I don't want you to sympathise, but only I write this so that you may not expect much from me now. Work on, the best way you can. I have very little hope of being able to do great things now.
I am glad, however, that a good deal of literature has been created by taking down stenographic notes of my lectures. Four books are ready.
. . . Well, I am satisfied that I have tried my best to do good, and shall have a clear conscience when I retire from work and sit down in a cave.
With love and blessings to all,
(text in red denotes that text was not included in complete works of SV.)