DEAR GOVINDA SAHAY,
Have you done the Upanayana of that Brahmin boy? Are you studying Sanskrit? How far have you advanced? I think you must have finished the first part. … Are you diligent in your Shiva Pujâ ? If not, try to be so. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all good things will be added unto you.” Follow God and you shall have whatever you desire. … To the two Commander Sahebs my best regards; they being men of high position were very kind to a poor fakir like me. My children, the secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice. To be good and to do good — that is the whole of religion. “Not he that crieth ‘Lord’, ‘Lord’, but he that doeth the will of the Father”. You are a nice band of young men, you Alwaris, and I hope in no distant future many of you will be ornaments of the society and blessings to the country you are born in.
Yours with blessings,