Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo


Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo


Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944




c. 1936-1940


Margaret A. Wilson writes Eleanor Wilson McAdoo with news from the Aurobindo ashram in India, and tells her that she has changed her name to Nistha.


Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Papers, University of California, Santa Barbara


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum


Wilson family




Do you remember in one of my letters I spoke of an evening at sun-set time when these words came to me- rather when I tried to describe the moment the words came and I shall repeat them because they came out of experience and not theory, experience of one of those moments when my intuition speaks and not my foolish little outer mind. A heart at peace knows no separation. We will remember in the days to come that there is really no separation for us for are we not one in the center you have found? In that sun-set moment I thought of you and I knew that we were not separated because we were one, and peace was in my heart. As you say we cannot at first hold constantly to our center- I have to fight still with my restless mind for one moment even of deep quietude but the moments are more and more frequent and one day the Peace will come and finally It will establish itself in my outer being. That is why we practise yoga here- to find the Peace the Knowledge the Love, the freedom the Power that is God and become one with it in our outer being as now we are in our true selves. Do you remember those beautiful words in the Bible- And I shall keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed (or fixed) on me. That is what we must do, learn to stay our minds on Him. You will learn to do so soon - I feel that you are much readier for spiritual experiences than I and that from now on they will come to you frequently. They will come as you go deeper and deeper into the core of your being that you have found. But why do I write you so much now when you know fully what you have been partially conscious of for a long time and need no words from me. It is because I may not be able to write you another perfectly natural letter in a long time. A committee will censor all letters from here very soon now- Perhaps this one will be censored but at least it has been written without thought of the censors.
     I want to tell you my name here now that you will not mind my not being called by the name you love. My name is Nishtha- it was given to me by the beloved Teacher and Seer whom we adore here- In his words it means- One-pointed fixed and steady concentration, devotion and faith in the single aim- The Divine and the Divine Realisation. Can you imagine what such a baptism can and will do for me. He gives us names that correspond to something in our inner make-up that he wants us to

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McAdoo, Eleanor Wilson, 1889-1967




Wilson, Margaret Woodrow, 1886-1944, “Margaret Woodrow Wilson to Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo,” c. 1936-1940, WWP19648, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo Collection at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.