(Translated from Bengali
2nd April, 1890.
Where shall I get that renunciation you speak of in your
advice to me? It is for the sake of that very thing that I am out a
tramp through the earth. If ever I get this true renunciation, I shall
let you know; and if you get anything of the kind, please remember me
as a partner thereof.
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 comprehension.