Monday, February 18, 2008

#138 , MILLIONS LIVE IN HUNGER, BUT BUY PIPES AND COATS !

Swami Vivekananda wrote to Ms. Isabelle McKIndley from US on May 2, 1894:

".... I hate only one thing in the world — hypocrisy."


"...So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold educated man a traitor who, having been educated at their expense is not the least heed to them..."


"... Yesterday I bought a pipe for $13. --meerschaum do not tell it to Father Pope. The coat will cost $30. ..."


BLOGGER'S VIEW
*So long as millions live in hunger, will Swamiji buy coats and pipes and yet not remain a traitor?

He was living on the generosity of high society women in USA. Of course, he was making sizeable amounts by delivering lectures, where admission was by tickets. Theese prices were of 1894 when the average monthly income of American families would have been something like US$ 40/- per month.

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