Early in the morning I came to Swamiji who was then staying in the house of Balaram Babu at 57 Ramkanta Bose Street, Calcutta. The room was packed full with listeners.
Swamiji was saying, "We want Shraddhâ, we want faith in our own selves. Strength is life, weakness is death. 'We are the Âtman, deathless and free; pure, pure by nature. Can we ever commit any sin? Impossible!' — such a faith is needed. Such a faith makes men of us, makes gods of us. It is by losing this idea of Shraddha that the country has gone to ruin."
- Swami Vivekananda
SATURDAY, THE 22ND JANUARY, 1898.
THE LOSS OF SHRADDHA IN INDIA AND NEED OF ITS REVIVAL —MEN WE WANT — REAL SOCIAL REFORM
[Shri Surendra Nath Sen — from private diary]