Saturday, 30 June 2018

Sister Nivedita’s Battle for Indian Ideals in America - 11

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:


At last, at the end of June, it was Swamiji who interested Mrs Collis Potter Huntington, the wife of a multi millionaire railroad and mining tycoon, in Nivedita's work. He wrote to Nivedita, advising her to meet Mrs Huntington, 'one of the richest people in the U.S.', and not to mind about her reception in Chicago. Nivedita wrote to Miss MacLeod on 26 June: 'Yesterday Mrs. C. P. Huntington gave me $500 [5000?]' (1.367). Mrs Leggett gave a thousand. Nivedita received a letter from Swami Saradananda dated 11 April 1900: 'We are so glad to hear of your successful work at Cambridge and elsewhere. I am sorry to hear you are rather overworked. Please take care of yourself a little. We want you here so much' (2.1284).

Nivedita wrote triumphantly to Miss MacLeod on 26 June 1900: 'Swami says that the interest on the present sum of $6500 will give me in Calcutta a monthly income of at least 50 Rs. and that that, with what I may gain in the next few months will be enough to begin upon. So he wants me to leave for Calcutta next January or Feb.!!! Isn't that joyful? ... "Live from Mother's hand" is all he will say. So I think an early date will see me back in the beloved land' (1.367–8).

At the start of Nivedita's lecture tour, Swamiji had asked Nivedita: 'Do you think, Margot, that you can collect the money you want in the West? ... There were two things I wanted to see before my death—One is done [the Belur Math], and this [the Women's Math] is the rest.'23 Nivedita's co-worker, Christina, wrote: 'If Swami Vivekananda's ideas regarding the education of women are carried out in the true spirit, a being will be evolved who will be unique in the history of the world. As the woman of ancient Greece was almost perfect physically, this one will be her complement intellectually and spiritually—a woman gracious, loving, tender, long-suffering, great in heart and intellect, but greatest of all in spirituality.'With this ideal and her faith in the blessings of her guru and Sri Sarada Devi, Nivedita's mission in the West was successful and she was able to reopen her school in India. Beyond that, Nivedita was able to interpret the highest ideals of Indian culture and society to the West in practical terms and to formulate her own prophesy of the influence of Indian ideals in the world for the future. Today, a hundred and fifty years later her prophesies are coming true. After leaving America, on her way back to India, she wrote in a letter to Josephine MacLeod on 7 March 1901: 'Blessed India! How infinitely much I owe her. Have I anything worth having that I do not directly or indirectly owe to Her?'

References :
    1.    Letters of Sister Nivedita, ed. Sankari Prasad Basu, 2 vols (Calcutta: Nababharat, 1982), 1.80.
    2.    The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 9 vols (Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1–8, 1989; 9, 1997), 5.233.
    3.    Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.80.
    4.     'A Run of the Hindoo Order', The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia), 30 June 1900, 11.
    5.     Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana, 'Sister Nivedita Tells Americans Their Obligations to India', Prabuddha Bharata, 104/5 (May 1999), 571–4, 578.
    6.     Marie Louise Burke, Swami Vivekananda in the West: New Discoveries, 6 vols (Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1985), 2.279.
    7.    Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.188.
    8.    The Complete Works of Sister Nivedita, 4.376–7.
    9.     Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana, Saint Sara (Cal-cutta: Sri Sarada Math, 2002), 352.
    10.     Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.230.
    11.     Saint Sara, 352.
    12.     Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.244.
    13.     See Saint Sara, 358.
    14.     Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana, Tantine: The Life of Josephine MacLeod (Dakshineswar: Sarada Math, 1990), 91.
    15.     Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.296.
    16.     Saint Sara, 361.
    17.     Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.351.
    18.     Saint Sara, 366.
    19.     Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.360–1.
    20.     Saint Sara, 369.
    21.     Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.412.
    22.     Swami Vivekananda in the West: New Discoveries, 6.271.
    23.     Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.189; Lizelle Reymond, The Dedicated (Madras: Samata, 1985), 204.
    24.     His Eastern and Western Admirers, Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda (Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1983), 210.
    25.     Letters of Sister Nivedita, 1.423.

- Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana : Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana is a senior Sanyasini of the Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission.