(Translated from Bengali )
12th Aug., 1888.
Leaving Ayodhya I have reached the holy Vrindaban,
putting up at Kālā Bābu's Kunja. In the town the mind feels contracted.
Places like Rādhā-kunda, I have heard, are delightful; but they are at
some distance from the town. I have a mind to proceed very shortly to
Hardwar. In case you have any acquaintance there, you would be doing me
a great favour if you would kindly write him an introduction for me.
What about your visiting this place? Please reply early and
i - iv, vi - xiv, xvi - xxii, xxiv - xxvi, xxix, xxxi - xxxiii and
cxxiv are translated from Bengali letters written to Pramadadas Mitra
of Varanasi, an orthodox Hindu, for whose profound erudition and piety
Swamiji had the highest regard. These letters are most interesting
being written (except the last) at a time when, after his Master's
passing away, Swamiji was leading a wandering monk's life. In the early
days he used to sign his name as Narendranath, though his now famous
name, Vivekananda, is printed in all these pages for easy