Sunday 5 November 2017

Chronology of Sister Nivedita's Life - 8

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:


January. Visits Sanchi, Ujjain, Chitor, Ajmir, Amber etc.

April. Government's severe repressive measures; agitation takes revolutionary turn.-She begins publishing Master as I Saw Him serially in Prabuddha Bharata, and Notes of Some Wanderings with the Swami Vivekananda in Brahmavadin.

May 30. Apprehends imprisonment.

June 2. Swami Swarupananda, editor Prabuddha Bharata, her much respected brother-disciple, dies.

July 8. Gopaler Ma dies.

July. Arranges for reproduction of pictures by great masters in Prabasi, edited by Ramananda Chatterjee.

September-October. Goes to famine and flood-affected East Bengal, stays there for two months, immersed in relief work.-Seriously ill after return, brain fever.-Goes to Mussorie for convalescence.

November-December. Writes 'Occasional Notes' for Prabuddha Bharata (These notes came out as a book in 1915, 'Religion and Dharma'). Revises English translation of Mahabharata.-Helps Bose in writing his book "Comparative Electro Physiology."-Exhibits the national flag (designed by her in 1905) at the 1906 Congress Session. (Writes an article on the subject in Modern Review, November 1909, 'The Vajra as a National Flag'.)


January. Publishes in Modern Review, "Function of Art in Shaping Nationality'. (first instalment). (Thus begins her long and fruitful connection with Modern review, in which she wrote hundreds of articles and notes, signed and notes, signed and unsigned. She wrote not only on politics, nationalism, history or sociology, but also on art. Her encouraging and illuminating writings on the paintings of Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and others, stimulated the Art Movement to a great degree).

March. Modern Review starts publishing her 'Glimpses of Famine and Flood in East Bengal-1906.' (Published as a book the same year).

May 19. S.K. Ratclifie writes to inform her about his resignation from the Statesman. May – June. At Mayavati with Sister Christine and the Boses.

June 9. Possibility of imprisonment.

June 24. Writes the Introduction to the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 'Our Master and His Message.'

July. Thanks Gokhale for securing offer of service for Ratclifie in an Indian Newspaper. Bhupendranath Dutta arrested for his assumed editorship of Jugantar, a revolutionary paper. – She offers bail for him; Englishman calls her 'a traitor to her race.'-Political situation being critical and the Government more and more aggressive in curbing personal freedom, decides to travel to the West.

August 12. Leaves Calcutta.

September 6. Reaches England, stays for some time in the happy family circle.

November-December. Meets Prof. T.K. Cheyne of Oxford, noted authority on Christian theology.-Leaves for Europe-Meets the Boses in Germany, and Miss MacLeod in Paris (their first meeting after Swamiji's demise)-Returns to England and works with Bose.-Reviews Kropotkin's Mutual Aid in Prabuddha Bharata.-First publication of her widely appreciated book, Cradle Tales of Hinduism, by Longmans, Green & Co., London.

. . . Are you Strong? Do you feel Strength? — for I know it is truth alone that gives Strength. Strength is the medicine for the world's disease . . .
This is the great fact: "Strength is LIFE; Weakness is Death."
- Swami Vivekananda
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