This is in continuation of our blog posts Click to go to 704 , Click to go to 706-- , Click to go to 707, Click to go to 713 , Click to go to 717 We have done FIVE parts of a ten part series, of a review on the speech given by Shri V.V. Lakshmi Narayana, 2016 Addl. D.G.P., Maharashtra, and former Jt. Director, CBI, Hyderabad. For those who wish to download an mp3 file of more than one hour long speech here is a link: Click to go to Archive.org for downloading mp3 of speech of Shri Lakshmi Narayana. . A video is also available on the net. We shall now take up the SIXTH part.
Question: Are you writing a HATE BLOG of Shri V.V. Lakshmi Narayana (present A.D.G.P., Maharashtra, and the Former J.D., C.B.I.) ? Or, are you writing a hateblog of Swami Vivekananda?
Answer: Neither. I hate nobody. My goal is only True and Complete Socialism.
Question: If hating is not your job, or purpose, how do these 10 blog posts will really help the cause of your idio-syncratic fad- True and Complete Socialism?
Answer: Our Respectable A.D.G.P. Sir, is aiming to produce hundreds and thousands of Vivekanandas from Indian Youth, while every political party in this country, worth its salt, is endeavouring to use Ambedkar's name, and his 125th Birth Anniversary for capturing and maintaining Dalit Vote Banks. If they are not idiosyncratic-fads, how can True Complete Socialism alone become a fad? I am again tempted to repeat what I wrote in my earlier posts, that Shri V.V. Lakshmi Narayana Garu has to study Swami Vivekananda in greater depth, before he ventures to produce large number of Vivekanandas in India.
While Rev. Barrows, the No. 2 of the World Congress of Religions, seemed to have wanted to use Swami Vivekananda for spreading Christianity in India, Vivekananda wanted to spread the Ramakrishna Cult in U.S.A. and convert Americans. Vivekananda also wanted to make Dollars, by engaging Lecture Promotion Companies (like the Event Management Companies of 2016), who gave wide publicity for his lectures making them attractive, while trying to impress upon the Aristocratic Women, that he had powers which he could transfer to them through meditative processes. While promoting his brand of Hinduism and Yoga in USA, Swami Vivekananda did not bother to tell the American and European Women about the discipline which meditation and contemplation on Advaita philosophy required on their part. During his first visit to USA's Chicago Congress of religions, he overstayed upto 1897, with the lecturing pursuits, and collected substantial funds 1) his own personal earnings on lectures 2) donations for raising a Memorial for his Guru Ramakrishna, in Kolkata, India. When his donors insisted on accounts , he had to admit that he used a part of the funds for his personal purpose, while conceding that he had spent his personal money as he liked.
The Ramakrishna Institutions started by Swami Vivekananda flourished during the last 119 years, mobilising donations from abroad, donations from Rich Indians, Grants from Government, etc. Their main activities centred primarily around: Organising Speeches on Ramakrishna and Vivekananda philosophies, hagiographies, running prayer houses, monasteries, orphanages, schools, etc. Some of them have done great service indeed. The brother-disciples of Swami Vivekananda, and Nivedita did substantial hard work in the service, at field-level, including Plague-relief work. Between 1897 and 1899, i.e. from the time SV returned from his first visit to USA-Europe, to the time again he went to USA in his quest of cures for his many-an-ailment, Vivekananda was only instructing his brother disciples and Nivedita, to do this and to do that. He always loved Cool Centres i.e. summar Hill resorts like Ooty, Almorah, Kashmir. He hated Kolkata because it was Malarial.
Today, we shall take, for example the neglected issue of Ms. Henrietta Muller (also spelt as Henrietta Mueller).
Who is Ms. Henrietta Muller?
Ms. Henrietta Muller is the principal donor for purchase of the BelurMath site. Her name has nothing to do with Prof. Max Muller whose name also we come across with Vivekananda. She was one of the team of Theosophists who represented Theosophism at the World Congress of Religions at Chicago in 1893. (Also called World Parliament of Religions). After the World Congress of Religions, she came under the influence of Swami Vivekananda, and helped him financially in purchasing the Belur Math land. In 1897, she visited India, along with other Europeans associated with Swami Vivekananda.
It also appears that Ms. Henrietta Muller, also adopted a Bengal boy as her son, may be on the advice of Swami Vivekananda. Later she seems to have lost interest in the boy, and let her estate to pass on to her sister, after her death.
The culmination of Ms. Henrietta Muller's disappointment with Vivekananda can be seen from an extract dated 15th May 1899, of an American Newspaper by name "Naugatek Daily News". A scan of this clipping can be seen at: Click to go to Vivekananda.net newsclippings page. .
This clipping is very important.
The following sentence in the clipping, is very very important.
"... She is now reported as saying in a Bombay newspaper that she is face to face with the unavoidable conclusion that it is utterly rotten and corrupt from beginning to end, and full of danger to the unhappy people who place their faith in it. She will henceforth have no more to do with Vivekananda. ..."
This sentence attributed to Ms. Henrietta Mueller is a serious sentence. What were the circumstances which have led to her UNAVOIDABLE CONCLUSION? What was UTTERLY ROTTEN AND CORRUPT FROM BEGINNING TO END AND FULL OF DANGE TO THE UNHAPPY PEOPLE WHO PLACE THEIR FAITH IN IT. We may probably get at least an incomplete answer to this question, if we can trace out the News in Bombay Newspapers of April and May 1899.
Respectable Shri V.V. Lakshmi Narayana garu can do a yeomen service to India. He is now working in Mumbai. He can either personally visit (or depute his personal assistants for the purpose) some Libraries in Mumbai, and if those newspapers are still "alive", visit those Newspaper Offices and trace out in their archives, the Statement of Ms. Henrietta Muller.
Swami Vivekananda knew that Ms. Muller was unhappy with him. There are three or four relevant letters which dealt with this issue. We shall discuss them, if we get some time.
Ms. Henrietta Muller went back to London. There, she seems to have appraised her dissatisfaction to Mr. E.H. Sturdy, a renowned Sanskrit Scholar, and Vivekananda's Agent for Publication of his books in London. When Vivekananda stayed in London, Mr. Sturdy gave accommodation in his own house, with Mrs. Sturdy as Vivekananda's host. One letter which was exchanged between Mr. Sturdy and Vivekananda about CIGARS is worth studying.
Ms. Muller seems to have enlightened the Aristocratic American Women also about her unhappiness. Prof. Harrier (who earlier praised Swami Vivekananda to very great levels) seems to have enquired about it. The reply letter sent by Vivekananda is also worth noting.
All these things seem to have had an adverse impact on the FINANCIAL VIABILITY of the second visit of Swami Vivekananda to USA. For example, he wanted American Women to contribute $100 each for instituting a Special Fund for his personal maintenance. It appears that very few persons or nobody had come forward. This seems to have frustrated Swamiji. Some of his letters to Ms. Ole Bull (his 'Goddess-Mother' in U.S.A.,) Ms. Christina Greenstidel, and others clearly indicate this frustration.
Question: You have not convincingly answered how all these things are relevant to True Complete Socialism, your fad!
Answer: Worldwide which includes India, Capitalist Media and Writers, Business persons like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, shout from rooftops that they are allocating billions of Dollars as charity. I wish to say that CHARITY IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR TRUE AND COMPLETE SOCIALISM. Charity delays true and COMPLETE SOCIALISM, because it misleads people that something is happening, whereas very little and meagre things take place.
Besides, there is the cost of intermediation by the institutions implementing the Charity. The Presidents and Vice Presidents of the so called NGOs move in AC cars, frequently use Air Transportation. Monasteries also use Air Conditioners, Expensive Furniture, Granite Panels, etc. When assets accrue over long years, top bosses of NGOs live in luxury, forcing new entrant disciples to slave day and night ! Bring water, cook food, clean utensils, fold bedsheets of Gurus, etc. etc. This is a sort of modern slavery obtained from youth in the name of service. Though there is nothing wrong in doing physical labor for noble causes, this physical labor also will have to be shared both by the top bosses and the new entrants. This SHARING will be missing. Instead, rigid structures with long vertical hierarchial ladders will be enforced.
From the donations and grants received from abroad, India, and from the Governments, after deducting all these intermediation expenses, how much will reach the ultimate beneficiaries, nobody knows.
I welcome questions, howsoever unpalatable they may be. They will be replied in length.
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1. It is a custom among Indian Temples and Maths, to display the lists/names of principal donors, on stone plaques showing the nature of their gift to the Temples and Maths. BelurMath does not seem to have such custom. Doesn't Ms. Henrietta Muller deserve a place in the Math premises, though Vivekananda and she parted ways ?
2. My greatest appreciation and gratitude to Mr. Frank Parlato Jr. the publisher of Vivekananda.net, the link for which has been given above.
Questions on this issue of Ms. Henrietta Muller are welcome.
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