(July 6, 1898)
"Never forget, to say to yourself, and to teach to your children, as the difference between a firefly and the blazing sun, between the infinite ocean and a little pond, between a mustard-seed and the mountain of Meru, such is the difference between the householder and the Sannyasin.
"Everything is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless.
"Blessed be even the fraudulent sadhus, and those who have failed to carry out their vows, in as much as they also have witnessed to the ideal, and so are in some degree the cause of the success of others!
"Let us never, never, forget our Ideal.”
(Notes of some wanderings with the Swami Vivekananda by Sister Nivedita)
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