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22 Jan 1896 :Swami Vivekananda in NY - Lectures: Morn - "The free soul"
Eve - " The way to blessedness"
22 Jan 1898 :Stayed in Calcutta at Balaram Bose's house. Solar
eclipse. Spoke of Shraddha. - "We want Shraddhâ, we want faith in our
own selves. Strength is life, weakness is death. 'We are the Âtman,
deathless and free; pure, pure by nature. Can we ever commit any sin?
Impossible!' — such a faith is needed.
Such a faith makes men of us, makes gods of us. It is by losing this
idea of Shraddha that the country has gone to ruin." ...The idea of true
Shraddha must be brought back once more to us, the faith in our own
selves must be reawakened, and, then only, all the problems which face
our country will gradually be solved by ourselves. ...Never are the
wants of a beggar fulfilled. Suppose the government give you all you
need, where are the men who are able to keep up the things demanded? So
make men first. Men we want, and how can men be made unless Shraddha is