5.4.12

VIVEKANANDA WRITES AND INSPIRES US

LETTER NO. 20

Dear............,*

Meddle not with so-called social reform, for there cannot be any reform without spiritual reform first. Who told you that I want social reform? Not I. Preach the Lord — say neither good nor bad about the superstitions and diets. Do not lose heart, do not lose faith in your Guru, do not lose faith in God. So long as you possess these three, nothing can harm you, my child.

Yours with love and blessings,

VIVEKANANDA.

 *[You may treat these letters as if addressed to you]


LETTER NO. 21

Dear.................*

Do not for a moment think the "Yankees" are practical in religion. In that the Hindu alone is practical, the Yankee in money-making,....Every work should be made thorough. . . . You need not insist upon preaching Shri Ramakrishna. Propagate his ideas first, though I know the world always wants the Man first, then the idea. . . . Do not figure out big plans at first, but begin slowly, feel your ground, and proceed up and up.

. . . Work on, my brave boys. We shall see the light someday.

Harmony and peace! . . . Let things slowly grow. Rome was not built in a day.

Yours ever with blessings,

VIVEKANANDA.

 *[You may treat these letters as if addressed to you]
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SOURCE: Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol.-V
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