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XXXVIII

(Written to Sj. Sharat Chandra Chakravarti, B.A.)

ॐ नमो भगवते रामकृष्णाय!

शुभमस्तु! आशीर्वादप्रेमालिङ्गनपूर्वकमिदं भवतु तव प्रीतये। पाञ्चभौतिकं मे पिञ्जरमधुना किञ्चिद् सुस्थतरम्। अचलगुरोर्हिमानिमण्डितशिखराणि पुनरुज्जीवयन्ति मृतप्रायानपि जनानिति मन्ये। श्रमबाधापि कथश्चित् दूरीभूतेत्यनुभवामि। यत्ते हृदयोद्वेगकरं मुमुक्षुत्वं लिपिभंङ्गया व्यञ्जितं तन्मया अनुभूतं पूर्वम्। तदेव शाश्वते ब्रह्मणि मन: समधातुं प्रसरति। "नान्य: पन्था: विद्यतेऽनाय।" ज्वलतु सा भावना अधिकमधिकं यावन्नधिगत एकान्तक्षय: कृताकृतानाम्। तदनु सहसैव ब्रह्मप्रकाश: सह समस्तविषयप्रध्वंसेन। आगामिनी सा जीवन्मुक्तिस्तव हिताय तवानुरागदाढर्येणैवानुमेया। याचे पुनस्तं लॊकगुरुं महासमन्वयाचार्य श्री १०८ रामकृष्णं आविर्भवितुम् तव हृदयोद्देशे येन वै कृतकृतर्थस्त्वं आविष्कृतमहाशौर्य: लोकान् समुद्धर्तुं महामोह्ह्सागरात् सम्यक् यतिष्यसे। भव चिराधिष्ठित ओजसि। वीराणामेव करतलगता मुक्ति: न कापुरुषाणाम्। हे वीरा, बद्धपरिकरा भवत्, सम्मुखे शत्रव: महामोहरूपा:। "श्रेयांसि बहुविघ्नानि" इति निश्चितेऽपि समधिकतरं कुरुत यत्नम्। पश्यत इमान् लोकान् मोहग्राहग्रस्तान्। शृणुत अहो तेषां हृदयभेदकरं कारुण्यपूर्णं शोकनादम्। अग्रगा भवत्, अग्रगा, हे वीरा, मोचयितुं पाशं बद्धानां श्लथयितुं क्लेशभारं दीनानां, द्योतयितुं हृदयान्धकूपं अज्ञानाम्। अभीरभीरिति घोषयति वेदान्तडिण्डिम:। भूयात् स भेदाय हृदग्रन्थे: सर्वेषां जगन्निवासिनामिति।

तवैकान्तशुभभावुक: विवेकानन्द:।


(Translated from Sanskrit.)

DARJEELING,
19th March, 1897.

Salutation to Bhagavan Ramakrishna!

May you prosper! May this letter conveying blessings and cordial embrace make you happy! Nowadays this fleshy tabernacle of mine is comparatively well. Meseems, the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, the Chief among mountains, bring even the moribund back to life. And the fatigue of the journeys also seems to have somewhat abated. I have already felt that yearning for Freedom — potent enough to put the heart into turmoil — which your letter suggests you are experiencing. It is this yearning that gradually brings on a concentration of the mind on the eternal Brahman. "There is no other way to go by." May this desire blaze up more and more in you, until all your past Karma and future tendencies are absolutely annihilated. Close upon the heels of that will follow, all on a sudden, the manifestation of Brahman, and with it the destruction of all craving for the sense-world. That this freedom-in-life is approaching for your welfare is easily to be inferred from the strength of your fervour. Now I pray to that world-teacher, Shri Ramakrishna, the Preacher of the gospel of universal synthesis, to manifest himself in the region of your heart, so that, having attained the consummation of your desires, you may with an undaunted heart try your best to deliver others from this dreadful ocean of infatuation. May you be ever possessed of valour! It is the hero alone, not the coward, who has liberation within his easy reach. Gird up your loins, ye heroes, for before you are your enemies — the dire army of infatuation. It is undoubtedly true that "all great achievements are fraught with numerous impediments"; still you should exert your utmost for your end. Behold, how men are already in the jaws of the shark of infatuation! Oh, listen to their piteous heart-rending wails. Advance, forward, O ye brave souls, to set free those that are in fetters, to lessen the burden of woe of the miserable, and to illumine the abysmal darkness of ignorant hearts! Look, how the Vedanta proclaims by beat of drums, "Be fearless!" May that solemn sound remove the heart's knot of all denizens of the earth. 

Ever your well-wisher,

VIVEKANANDA.