Friday, September 7, 2007

#73, Can Government of India help in tracing missing links?

Dr. Jairam Ramesh is Union Minister of Commerce. Recently, he promised to help in obtaining and preserving the phonographed voice recordings of Swami Vivekananda, which were said to have been made by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore during Vivekananda's visit to their kingdom. It was also said that the Maharaja was meticulous in collecting the recordings of Vivekananda made elsewhere. I shall not comment on this promise. I hope that he will keep up his promise.

I also hope that he will extending his helping hand in tracing the following documents which are very valuable from the perspective of Vivekananda's life:-

1. The document which Vivekananda sent to Ms. Christina Greenstidel vide his letter dated 22nd March 1896 from Boston. While sending the document, Vivekananda asked her to sign as "Miss" since he erroneously wrote Miss. This document may be in the custody of auction houses which may be awaiting an opportune time to offer on the platform.

2. The letter dated 22nd March 1896 available on the net has portions excised (censored). Mr. Jairam Ramesh may pl. use his good offices with the Ramakrishna Math or the organisation which is holding custody of the office copy of the letter, to the publish the full text. Withholding a part of the text even after 105 years of death of the person does not appear to be reasonable. If it does not contain anything serious, why should they hesitate to disclose? Alternatively, the legal heirs of Ms. Christina Greenstidel, if they are holding the letter received by their great grandmother, can disclose the full contents.

Naugatuck Daily News, an American Newspaper, in its issue dt. May 15, 1899, published that Ms. Henrietta Muller (Mueller) was reported as saying in a newspaper that
"she is face to face with the unavoidable conclusion that it is utterly rotten and corrupt from beginning to end and full of danger to the unhappy people who place their full faith in it. She will henceforth have no more to do with Vivekananda."

It is noteworthy to mention here that Ms. Henrietta Muller was a major contributor for the purchase of the land for the Belur Math.
The name of the Bombay newspaper which published her interview/complaint is not known. Shri Jairam Ramesh can help in tracing out from the archives of the Mumbai Newspapers of prior May 15, 1899 and verify what Ms. Henrietta Muller did exactly say. This is essential in the interest of truth.

Swami Vivekananda did not anywhere deny what Ms. Muller said.

Pl. also see post No. 197 in the labels.

1 comment:

ybr said...

This post, I am going to correct shortly.