27th April, 1893.
DEAR DOCTOR, (Dr. Nanjunda Rao, M.D.)
Your letter has just reached me. I am very much gratified by your love for my unworthy self. So, so sorry to learn that poor Bālāji has lost his son. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." We only know that nothing is lost or can be lost. For us is only submission, calm and perfect. The soldier has no right to complain, nay murmur, if the general orders him into the cannon's mouth. May He comfort Balaji in his grief, and may it draw him closer and closer to the breast of the All-merciful Mother!
As to my taking ship from Madras, I do not think it feasible, as I have already made arrangements from Bombay. Tell Bhattacharya that the Raja (The Maharaja of Khetri, Rajputana.) or my Gurubhāis would be the last men to put any obstacles in my way. As for the Rajaji, his love for me is simply without limit.
May the Giver of all good bless you all here and hereafter, will be the constant prayer of
(Swamiji uses to call himself such in those days.)