EPISTLES of Swami Swarupananda Paramhansa Deva in Bengali – transcreated
ENGLISH VERSION BY SRI NARAYAN C. NANDY
EPISTLE – ONE
The other day I told you to come and see me. You also consented. I waited for you for a long time. You could not meet with me, the reason therefor is not known to me.
Although you did not see me, I shall continue to maintain contact with you through letters. The message I wish to convey to you, I must certainly do that. Because, my mission is to sow seed of character-building in the minds of youngsters like you. The adolescents and the youth of the country must be dragged out of the mire of unchastity. My mission of life is to make them pure of heart, benevolent in deed and upright in thinking. To fulfill that mission, I have forsaken the lures of family life and eschewed every means of earning pelf and power of worldly life and have donned the garb of an itinerant frequenting village after village. To realise my cherished goal, I have been guiding all my activities towards that end. To protect you, oh, the simple, beautiful and spotless adolescents from the life destructive unholiness and bring you back from the most sinful wrong doings and also help you in your arduous endeavor to become a genuine human being, I am harnessing all my efforts. Making of man is my only aim.
On the path of character-building and on the way of becoming a man you are to know many many things. There are many and various subjects which are essential for you to know, if you do not know these, in near future you will make such a serious mistake, rectification of which will be extremely difficult. There is no one, no well-wisher who will impart you the required lessons. If you can believe me, then I want to let you know that knowledge; at the first dawn of your adolescence I want to make you aware about the thousands of crucial dangers; I want to caution you, I want to pinpoint the enemies which are barring you on the path of progress and I want to teach you about the perfect art of self-defence.
Let God bless you. Please preserve carefully and go through attentively the letters written by me. You will find these letters useful in future.
END OF EPISTLE ONE.
EPISTLE - TWO
Calcuta Sat, 29.10.1932
In my earlier letter, I wrote to you to go through my letters attentively and also preserve those with care. You might not have understood, why this request. I shall tell you frankly the reason for the same. For laying foundation of life you are to know the essentials, but I have to state that none of your friend, nor any teacher, not even your guardian will tell you anything in this respect. Such is the misfortune. And, perchance, if ever, you happen to meet with a well-meaning friend then in ninety-nine cases out of hundred, will not be able to tell you properly by taming his mind with holiness and purity. The outcome thereof may cause you harm instead of doing good.
Guided by goodwishes for you and with purified heart I want to tell you these relevant subjects and further I want you to listen to those with serenity of mind and clean heart and simplicity like that of a progeny of a sage; accept those for practising in your own life. Be resolute to become a genuine man.
When a most beneficent message is treated with disrespect, surely the said message will have no effect on you but when an apparently trivial message is taken seriously, that may serve as a beacon light in your life. I want you to be respectful to what I am going to say in your own interest. Please listen to with devotion. I wish you not to trifle with those great sayings but accept them in right earnest and with vigour of mind.
I have the right to tell you whatever is needed for your good and I must tell that, come what may. In your adolescence you are required to know the essentials. Without knowing the motive of your adversary how would you hold the field and march forward. I want to train you up in the process of life’s struggle. Those who are wayward amongst your friends, will pooh-pooh your apprehension and say, stop such nonsense, don’t bother for the unreal when the devils actually appear better we settle scores then; now live in the present. Listen, these desperadoes are not sure of life’s goal and when the lurking fear materialises, as it must, unpreparedness takes its toll and scalding tears become their life-long companion. Had they listened to the sayings of the wise to be away from sin and untruth they would not have fallen into the pit of mental torture.
I want to secure your future by temperamental training and find herewith, my boy, the jar full of ambrosia!
End of Epistle two.
EPISTLE - THREE
Bhagyakul, Dhaka Mon, 31.10.32
I am writing this letter primarily to make all your energy ready to combat a particular kind of bodily sin. I know you are not prone to committing sin nor have I any doubt about your chastity. You are simple hearted, impeccable and peerless of character. But, there are certain evils in this world and while associating with them people do not understand whether they are committing sin. If, per chance, you tell a lie, sense of guilt overtakes you. Even, in the absence of any caution against telling a lie, you feel the pinprick then and there when you lie.
You might have often observed that children do not lie ; No inducement would make them tell lie. Still, there are certain kinds of wrong doings in the world which the boys do not suspect them to be wrong. They can not even dream of, while indulging in profligacy and deriving immoral pleasures therefrom at the behest of the bad company they keep, that such acts are offences of the worst type; did they know, they would have shied away from committing such acts which smack of immorality.
The boys becoming victims of these moral offences cannot even think that these are sin. Through my correspondences, I want you to be cautioned against such moral depravity. Through sheer ignorance thousand and thousands of boys and adolescents are embracing immoralities with endearment. In course of time when they realise that depravity is sin and feel its import, they find it extremely difficult to uproot the evil which has already been firmly established in them. This is why, before the evil fixes the root in you, if some-one, tenders cautionary advices with love and care, then you can safely come to the conclusion that he has saved you from taking disastrous steps toward downfall. Dear, my belief is such. Thus, knowing fully well that you are as chaste as a flower, pure and untouched I want to caution you against a particular bodily sin. My heartfelt desire is to facilitate your steady and bold forward journey in life, keeping out of bounds that dreaded obstacle. I shall make you what is that.
I have already said, the avowed sin I wish to caution against, is bodily. Any of the parts of the body if not used legitimately and used illegitimately, that is sin, committed against the body. God has created my two hands to perform good works, but if I go the wrong way and engage my hands wrongly, say, committing suicide that would be a sin against the hands. Nose is for smelling, if in case, it is used for pushing a foot-ball, then it is sin committed against the nose. Man has an organ for urinating and if this is pressed into serving otherwise, that is sin against it. This organ is variously called, as other parts of the body, say head, hand etc. For the sake of convenience let us call it genital or genitals. I do not believe that you have been given away to genitals and that you are using the same illegitimately. So that you do not commit any sin against the genitals at the prodding of a bad company, I am making all out efforts. Hope you do not mind for this letter of mine, because whatever exposition I am putting forth is aimed for your well-being.
Let the Almighty bless you.
END OF EPISTLE THREE