[Letter to Isabelle McKindley]
54 WEST, 33
25th February, 1895.
I am sorry you had an attack of illness. I will give you an absent treatment though your confession takes half the strength out of my mind. That you have rolled out of it is all right. All's well that ends well. The books have arrived in good condition and many thanks for them.
Your ever affectionate bro.,
^ Swamiji took delight in gently teasing the Hale sisters(of whom Isabelle was one) about their study and practice of Christian Science. He wrote this short note from New York, and in this is he slyly poked inn at the "Scientists' " practice of never confessing to sickness.
U. S. A.,
6th March, 1895.
...Do not for a moment think the "Yankees" are practical in religion. In that the Hindu alone is practical, the Yankee in money-making, so that as soon as I depart, the whole thing will disappear. Therefore I want to have a solid ground under my feet before I depart.
Every work should be made thorough. ...You need not insist upon preaching Shri Ramakrishna. Propagate his ideas first, though I know the world always wants the Man first, then the idea. ...Do not figure out big plans at first, but begin slowly, feel your ground, and proceed up and up.
...Work on, my brave boys. We shall see the light some day.
Harmony and peace! ...Let things slowly grow. Rome was not built in a day. The Maharaja of Mysore is dead one of our greatest hopes. Well! the Lord is great. He will send others to help the cause.
Send some Kushâsanas(small sitting-mats) if you can.
Yours ever with blessings,