From Epistles-Second Series of Volume 6 of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda
(Translated from Bengali)
14th June, 1897.
I am wholly in sympathy with the subject-matter of the letter of Charu that you have sent me.
In the proposed Address to the Queen-Empress the following points should be noted:
- That it must be free from exaggeration, in other words, statements to the effect that she is God’s regent and so forth, which are so common to us natives.
- That all religions having been protected during her reign, we have been able fearlessly to preach our Vedantic doctrines both in India and England.
- Her kindness towards the Indian poor — as, for instance, her inspiring the English to unique acts of charity by contributing herself to the cause of famine-relief.
- Prayer for her long life and for the continual growth of happiness and prosperity among the people of her dominions.
Have this written in correct English and send it to me at Almora, and I shall sign it and send it to Simla. Let me know to whom it should be addressed at Simla.
PS. Let Shuddhananda preserve a copy of the weekly letters that he writes to me from the Math.