Friday, 17 May 2013

29th April Swami Vivekananda Life

29 April :
 
29th April, 1898 :
 
MY DEAR JOE JOE,
I have had several attacks of fever, the last being influenza.
 
 It has left me now, only I am very weak yet. As soon as I gather strength enough to undertake the journey, I come down to Calcutta. 

In case the plague breaks out in Calcutta, I must not go anywhere; and you start for Kashmir with Sadananda. .... What enlightens your insides on a dark night when the Fire God, Sun God, Moon God, and Star Goddesses have gone to sleep? It is hunger that keeps my consciousness up, I have discovered. Oh, the great doctrine of correspondence of light! Think how dark the world has been all these ages without it! And all this knowledge and love and work and all the Buddhas and Krishnas and Christs — vain, vain have been their lives and work, for they did not discover that "which keeps the inner light when the Sun and Moon were gone to the limbo" for the night! Delicious, isn't it?
 
If the plague comes to my native city, I am determined to make myself a sacrifice; and that I am sure is a "Darn sight, better way to Nirvâna" than pouring oblations to all that ever twinkled.