I wrote an introduction to the beautiful Gitanjali A of Tagore, and now, twenty years afterwards, draw attention to a book that may prove of comparable importance, An Indian Monk, by Shri Purohit Swāmi. A little more than a year ago I met its author, but lately arrived in Europe, at Mr. Sturge Moore’s house. He had been sent by his Master, or spiritual director, that he might interpret the religious life of India, but had no fixed plan. Perhaps he should publish his poems, perhaps, like Vivekānanda, go to America. He had gone to Rome, thinking it was but courteous to pay his respects to the Holy Father, but though the Abbots of the most orthodox Hindu shrines had given him their blessing, and ‘the organiser of the Bhārat-Dharma Mahāmandal… a general letter of introduction,’ he was not received. Then he had come to England and called upon the Poet Laureate, who entertained him. He is a man of fifty, broken in health by the austerities of his religious life; he must have been a stalwart man and he is still handsome.
KeywordsReligious Life Native Tongue General Letter Spiritual Director Credible Witness
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