June 11, 2007

Today's Quote

Remember that the nation lives in the cottage.
But, alas! Nobody ever did anything for them.
Our modern reformers are very busy about widow remarriage.
Of course, I am asympathizer in every reform,
but the fate of a nation does not depend upon the number of husbands their widows get,
but upon the condition of the masses.
Can you raise them?
Can you give them back their lost individuality without making them lose their innate spiritual nature?
Can you become an occidental of occidentals in your spirit of equality, freedom, work, and energy, and at the same time a Hindu to the very back bone in religious culture and instincts?
This is to be done and we will do it.
You are all born to do it.

From Chicago. Letter to his disciples in Chennai. January 24, 1894. CW, 5: 29-30

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