Vivekananda’s Letter

Jealousy is the Biggest Obstacle

Swami Vivekananda

Appreciation or no appreciation, I am  born to organise these young men, nay, hundreds more  in every city are ready to join me, and I want to send  them rolling like irresistible waves over India bringing  comfort, morality, religion, education to the doors of the  meanest and the most downtrodden. And this I will do  or die.

Our people have no idea, no appreciation. On the  other hand that horrible jealousy and suspicious nature  which is the natural outcome of a thousand years of  slavery make them stand as enemies to every new idea.  Still the Lord is great.

Three things are necessary to make every man great, every nation great:

  1. Conviction of the powers of goodness.
  2. Absence of jealousy and suspicion.
  3. Helping all who are trying to be and do good.

Why should the Hindu nation with all its wonderful  intelligence and other things have gone to pieces ? I  would answer you. Jealousy. Never were there people  more wretchedly jealous of one another, more envious of  one another’s fame and name than this wretched Hindu  race. And if you ever come out in the West, the absence  of this is the first feeling which you will see in the Western  nations.

Three men cannot act in concert together in India for  five minutes. Each one struggles for power and in the long  run the whole organisation comes to grief. Lord ! Lord !  When will we learn not to be jealous ! In such a nation,  and especially in Bengal, to create a, band of men who are  tied and bound together with a most undying love in spite  of difference, is it not wonderful ? This band will in-  crease. This idea of wonderful liberality joined with  eternal energy and progress must spread over India, it  must electrify the whole nation and must enter the very  pores of society in spite of the horrible ignorance, spite,  caste-feeling, old boobyism, and jealousy which are the  heritage of this nation of slaves.