Thursday, May 22, 2008

#180, All of you come back to the Math at Calcutta or go to Ramnad

Swami Vivekananda wrote to Ramakrishnananda from Ambala on Aug. 19, 1897.

" ...I am very much pained to hear that the work in Madras is not prospering for want of funds. ... ... Goodwin has written to me to inform the Reception Committee to take some money for expenses from the amount that is left as a result of the lecture. It is a very mean thing to spend the money received on the occasion of that lecture for the purpose of the Reception — and I do not like to tell anybody anything about this matter. I have understood quite well what the people of our country are when it comes to money-matters. . . . On my behalf, you personally talk with the friends there and politely make them understand that it is all right if they can find ways and means to bear the expenses; but if they cannot do so, all of you come back to the Math at Calcutta or go to Ramnad and establish the Math there. ..."

*What was wrong in using reception funds left after Vivekananda's felicitation and lecture, for running the Madras monastery? Which was more important? Running an institution or reception?
*Did Swamiji want to take the Reception surplus to Calcutta?
*Swamiji did not want the monastery to touch his lecture earnings!
*How to believe that Swamiji spent his earnings abroad for the cause of Hinduism in India?

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