यतो धर्म: ततो जय:
A whole generation of Americans had been influenced not only by Ramabai, but by Christian missionary propaganda, preaching that Western culture and society were superior to Indian culture, and depicted Indians as barbaric. This belief had given sanction to Western imperialism. Nivedita had written to her confidante, Josephine MacLeod from her ship, on 21 July on her way to America: "My notion is to take deliberately all those towns in America where Ramabai has attacked Swami—and to go there as nun completely and give say 3 days' lectures—'What I have seen in India' some such title and deliberately acknowledge perhaps that the reports of R's [Ramabai's] presence there had made me feel the bond of a common interest—and propose, flatly, that they should finance my work to the limit of their power. My message will not be political or socialapart from the fact that I love Hinduism with my whole heart and soul, and have not one flaw to find in it."
Nivedita asked Miss MacLeod to get a list of Ramabai's places and costs of travel and if necessary to make some definite engagements for her. She wrote: 'Swami has just come and I have told him of the Ramabai motif—would it do? "Possibly," he says "Do what you like." To start counter-circles first in her territory seems to me sound policy' (1.189). Nivedita wrote to Swami Akhandananda: 'You must ask Sri Ramakrishna to let me be of some real use to Him, as well as my girls. I am sure He will let me find the money I want for them.' (1.195). Again, she wrote to Miss MacLeod: 'Work like this requires persons like you and myself who have no other object or thought in life'.
- Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana : Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana is a senior Sanyasini of the Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission.
To be continued...........