Tuesday, November 20, 2007

108, There was nothing ... I am afraid


Ms. Henrietta Muller was a major contributor to the purchase of the land for the Belur Math. On 15th May 1899, the American Newspaper Nagautuck Daily News published an item quoting a Mumbai newspaper her as saying 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 faith in it.

Ms. Henrietta Muller was a major contributor to the purchase of the land for the Belur Math. On 15th May 1899, the American Newspaper Nagautuck Daily News published an item quoting a Mumbai newspaper her as saying 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 faith in it.

In this connection, pl see review #65 by clicking the label #65 or the following link: http://vivekanandayb.blogspot.com/search/label/%23065.

The report of the Mumbai Newspaper is not traceable. Swami Vivekananda did not reply to it. Around this period: On May 10, 1899 he wrote to Ms. Christina Greenstidel that his problem was bad assimilation of food and nervous exhaustion. He said that he was nervous. On June 21, 1899 he sailed to England from Calcutta. It is not clear, what happened to Ms. Muller (whether she left to England from Bombay itself or whether she was in India). There is no indication of Vivekananda of having enquiring about what happened to his principal donor.


IF THERE IS NOTHING, WHY AFRAID TO REPLY?
Swamiji wrote to Mrs. Ole Bull from Los Angeles, on Feb. 15, 1900.

"There was nothing of note inside the bundle of papers sent by Miss Müller. I did not write her, not knowing her address. Then again, I am afraid."


BLOGGER'S VIEW
It is not clear, what this bundle did contain. Though Swamiji took an excuse of not knowing the address of Miss Muller for not replying to her, why was he afraid of replying her?

Same day he wrote to Ms. Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita):

"... There was a bundle of English newspapers from England with a line on the envelope expressing good wishes for me and signed, F.H.M. Nothing important was in those, however. I would have written a letter to Miss Müller, but I do not know the address; then I was afraid to frighten her ..."


BLOGGER'S VIEW
"F.H.M." refers to F Henrietta Muller. Why was Vivekananda afraid of frightening Ms. Muller? Why should he frighten her at all if there were nothing important in the bundle? Not knowing the address of Ms. Muller seems to be only a pretext for not replying.


OTHER RELEVANT THINGS WHICH MIGHT HAVE SPOILED THE THINGS

Swamiji wrote to Mr. E.T. Sturdy (Sanskrit scholar in London, who published Raja YOga in England) from New York in Nov. 1899 during second visit:

"... The next memory is of the house on St. George's Road — you and Miss Muller at the head. My poor brother was ill there and Miss Müller drove him away. ..."


The relevant period was around July 1896, in England (first visit). It is not clear why Miss Muller drove away Vivekananda's sick brother. If she were really cruel, she would not have stayed in India from 1897 to 1899 and helped in buying the Belur Math land.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This comment is pertaining not just to this particular label, but to the entire article.

It is very sad to see someone devote his entire time and energy to mudslinging the character of someone who died over a century ago. Even if it is admitted that Swami Vivekananda did not lead a great life (I am far from making that admission, please don't misunderstand), it seems that the only 'net' result that would be achieved by this carefully researched attempt at tarnishing this character is just contributing a few more negative ideas and thoughts to the minds of people who didn't have them. If your real intention is indeed to 'help' people and society rather than hurt, you are choosing the wrong way. Of course, if your intention is something negative, probably you are doing a good job.

Anonymous said...

There was some confusion in the mind of Miss Muller that Swami Vivekananda was not following strict discipline of Vegetarianism and smoking Cigarette as a Hindu monk. Swami-ji pointed out that these are nothing to do with Monks, rather monks are strict to Brahmacharya(purity in mind and body) and service to mankind. Later Miss Muller realized her mistake after two years and they had a very good relationship. There is no secret or surprise on their friendship.

If you read letters of Swami Vivekananda then these will be clear.

ybr (alias ybrao a donkey) said...

Dear Shri Anonymous:

Ms. Mueller gave her interview to the Mumbai Newspaper in 1899. If anybody can trace out that Mumbai Newspaper and the interview, more truth will come out.

After the 1899 Mumbai newspaper interview, Ms. Muller does not appear to have returned to Swami Vivekananda. She remained in Theosophical Society. If you have any proof to the effect that she has returned to Vivekananda's fold, I welcome you.

tomfire said...

dear donkey.............if u dont have that news paper first get one copy and then decide......may be the differences between them is simply ideological. dont try to complicate them......miss muller may have changed her attitude.......that doesn't imply swamiji was a bad guy........it may be either way........u are probably the most foolish blogger......