The Times, 1900


“Swami denies the stories of Suttee and infant sacrifices”

“He says no crocodiles could live in the swift-flowing waters of the Ganges, and offers explanations of what he calls American mistakes”

“‘My work in this country is not a missionary movement’ said Swami Abhedananda, when seen with the class of young children which he has recently begun to instruct in the elements of the Hindu religion. ‘Nor have we any desire to proselyte nor found a sect..’”
“But the great mistake made by Americans concerning the condition of the Indian woman. I never heard until I came to this country that Hindu mothers throw their babies into the Ganges to be eaten by crocodiles.”
“Everyone in this country appears to be familiar with the horrible story of the Juggernaut. I myself never heard of the supposed custom of the Hindus have of throwing themselves under its wheels to obtain salvation”

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