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A book on Astronomy is being sent to you. I enclose also a map for the month. You will find herewith so Dr. Saunders\u2019s1 letter. It is satisfactory on the whole.
You may pursue the conduct of the Ashram as much as you like. It won\u2019t tire me. It will assist me. It will enable you to understand my viewpoint better. You must not accuse yourself of want of faith in me or my wisdom because you do not see a point of mine at once or because having seen it you cannot agree with me. I am not a perfect being. Why should you see eye to eye with me in my errors? That would be blind faith. Your faith in me should enable you to detect my true error much quicker than a fault-finder. What I would like your faith to do is that when you cannot convince me of my error you should think that it is likely that I see more clearly than you do in matters where I have thought and experienced more. That would give you peace of mind. Therefore you should not paralyse your thought by suppressing your doubts and torturing yourself that you do not agree with my view in particular things. You should therefore pursue the discussion of the Ashram till you have the clearest possible grasp of all my ideas about it.
You need not have argued about the man being the worse sinner of the two. I have always held that view against most, if not all, of my male friends who have expressed their opinion on the point. of course I agree with you also that man\u2019s superiority, if it is that, over the brute creation, consists in his capacity for observingb r a h m a c h a r y a . It must therefore be an Ashram ideal to be attained immediately if that were possible.
I am becoming more and more confirmed in the view that it must go on as it is now doing, with ample liberty to the manager to regulate fresh admissions. Our life should become daily simpler and not more complex. We should be progressively more self-restrained. But we should remain a composite family that we now are.
The present composition is not the hindrance. The hindrance is that we have so few real completeb r a h m a c h a r i s . All were broken vessels, all had their own individual passions to conquer. But I hold that most of them were and are sincere strivers. Therefore we are blind leaders of the blind and ever stumbling. When some of us have, by constant striving, become at least matriculates in the effort, we shall certainly do better. Therefore the problem resolves itself into each one of us striving to the utmost to approach the ideal. Remember my definition ofb r a h m a c h a r y a . It means not suppression of one or more senses but complete mastery over them all. The two states are fundamentally different. I can suppress all my senses today but it may take aeons to conquer them. Conquest means using them as my willing slaves. I can prick the ear-drum and suppress the sense of hearing by a simple, painless operation. This is worthless. I must train the ear so that it refuses to hear gossip, lewd talk, blasphemy, but it. is open to the celestial music, it will hear the most distant cry for succour from thousands of miles. Saint Ramdas is said to have done so. Then how [to] use the organs of generation? By transmuting the most creative energy that we possess from creating counterparts of our flesh into creating constructive work for the whole of life, i.e., for the soul. We have to rein in the animal passion and change it into celestial passion. Read here Chapter II, Verse 64, of theGita. The burden of the Divine Song is not \u201cfly from the battle but face it without attachment\u201d. Therefore you and I and every one of us have to stand unmoved in the midst of all kinds of men and women. There is no physical seclusion except temporarily for some. The Ashram is all right where it is but we must branch out for larger growth. But that would be a natural evolution coming in its own time.
I had one visit from Miss Mayo when she was in India. I have read her book and I wrote also a review2 on it which at that time had attracted considerable attention. It is my firm conviction that the book is filled with half-truths, innuendos and deductions drawn from stray facts as if they represented a universal situation.
I was delighted to have your letter which you consider is long and which for us is too short. I see that you are one in your happiness. You are one also in your erosion though you tell me that both of you had the \u2018flu, at the same time. You still remain the strangest pair I have ever had the good fortune to meet. one reads of such couples in Persian poetry but does not meet them in flesh and blood. May you for ever remain inseparables.
Yes, I know, you in Europe are going through very hard tinues, both economically and spiritually. But I believe literally in the Biblical saying that \u201cGod would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah so long as there is one good man the\u201d I know that you have in Europe true men and women in all the odd nooks and corners of the Continent. I, therefore, feel that-in the end all will be well.
Mayo\u2019s Mother India. The addressee had written: \u201c. . . advise me if Miss Mayo sticks to truth in this deplorable bool or is she only after publicity money. . . .\u201d
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