The Advaita is the eternal mine of strength. But it requires to be applied. It must first be cleared of the incrustation of scholasticism, and then in all its simplicity, beauty and sublimity be taught over the length and breadth of the land, as applied even to the minutest detail of daily life.
This Math will be the central institution for the practice of religion and the cultivation of knowledge. The spiritual force emanating from here will permeate the whole world, turning the currents of men’s activities and aspirations into new channels.
From here will be disseminated ideals harmonizing Jnana, Bhakti, Yoga and Karma. The time will come when by the mere will of the sannyasis of this Math, life will vibrate into the deadened souls of men.
All these visions are rising before me.
The dry, abstract Advaita must become living — poetic — in everyday life; out of hopelessly intricate mythology must come concrete moral forms; and out of bewildering Yogi-ism must come the most scientific and practical psychology — and all this must be put in a form so that a child may grasp it. That is my life’s work.
On the heights of the Himalayas I have a place where I am determined nothing shall enter except pure truth. …
Long after the English language has disappeared from India, the gift that has here been made, through that language, to the world, will remain and bear its fruit in East and West alike. –Sister Nivedita