Vivekananda – emissary to the west
Swami Vivekananda was an Indian spiritual teacher from the 19th century. He is credited with spreading the teachings of Hinduism into the western world1. He was influential to Nikola Tesla and played a part in the esoteric spiritual resurgence seen in the west in the early 1900’s. His lectures are available as books and the complete works of Swami Vivekananda are available as well as individual books such as his talks on Raja Yoga for example.
A few popular quotes of Vivekananda’s will be mentioned as they are quite valuable to spiritual seekers.
“The best guide in life is strength. In religion, as in all other matters, discard everything that weakens you; have nothing to do with it.”
“Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character.”
“How are we to know that the mind has become concentrated? The idea of time will vanish. The greater the amount of time that passes unnoticed, the more deeply concentrated we are.”
As can easily be seen from these quotes (or from reading his speeches), Vivekananda advocates building inner strength through the practice of meditation. Repeatedly practicing regular meditation will make it part of your character, and when you meditate you need to be practicing some form of concentration, though do not strain yourself. A regular practice of meditation is a great way to strengthen your consciousness as it is a loyal friend in both lonely and busy times.