Sunday 4 February 2018

Letter to Miss J Macleod

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

Wednesday, July 5th [1899]
2 OR 3 Day From Aden,
Monsoon Slightly Abated

My dearest Yum,


I looked at the intoxicated eyes of the prostate God, and I saw how they did indeed meet Hers, as Sadananda had said - and then I saw how She was Siva's Vision of the Mother. Only Siva would have courage to see the Divine in such a guise, only Siva could look with that rapture, though Her feet are, trampling on Himself. Do you see how clear this makes it all?

It was amusing to find that yesterday was the fourth, and that once more we were in the company of Americans. The missionary-family all appeared in my Editions of the Stars and Stripes!

I am sure there will be letters from you at Aden - sent on from Calcutta. And more, Saradananda promised me to send the telegrams to you and ETS. So you know where we are now, and appoximately follow our doing from day to day. Perheps at Marseilles we shall have a real letter.

I ought to tell you about Colombo. With great delay and difficulty we got off the boat after midday, and went from one hospitality to another. Last of all, driving down to the quay, we had to enter a house where we were met out side by drums fifes and tomtoms. Inside a dense crowd, adn fruit on a table. Oh what a crowd! And how they looked at Swami! Black and naked almost - Shining - and and the heat - but I could have done anything for anyone of them - for the way they looked. He pointed to his European clothes but it made no difference. He was their Avatar just the same. Then he took a small fruit, and sipped milk (remembering even then, to make me sip from the same glass) which was evidently to be left as ucchistham. And then as he turned to go - you should have heard the shout - "Praise to Siva! - the Lord of Parbutty! Hail!" it was deafening, and the crowd in the street when we got out! - and the crowd on the leading stage -there came our first host and hostes back to see us off - with enless presents, the hostess, Lady Coomaraswamy, was an Englishwomen - her husband a Madrassi Hindu - such a fine man! And there that quiet Europeanised looking memeber of the Goverment stood - and 3 times called aloud the praise of Siva, and then 3 times "Swami Vivekananda ki - namaskar!" While the crowd cheered, and we steamed away to the Golconda. And when we got on board and had been wlcomed back by the others, I went down to my cabin and found a puja-spot still on my forehead, to my great amusement.

Lady C. promised me that if I found the person and made the plans I could come to them for help in starting a school in Ceylon for Hindu girls. Did I tell you that I am now clear as to our having 4 school, Calcutta, Madras, Poone and Jaffna in Ceylon? However, time enough.

And now my darling Yum goodbye. I think of you every day and remember that but for you I should not have been here. My love to all and especially of course to S. sara -

Your "Child"

हमें कर्म की प्रतिष्ठा बढ़ानी होंगी। कर्म देवो भव: यह आज हमारा जीवन-सूत्र बनना चाहिए। - भगिनी निवेदिता {पथ और पाथेय : पृ. क्र.१९ }
Sister Nivedita 150th Birth Anniversary :
You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Daily Katha" group.
To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to
To post to this group, send email to
Visit this group at
To view this discussion on the web, visit
For more options, visit

No comments:

Post a Comment