Swami Vivekananda was the most prominent of Ramakrishna's disciples.
He came to the U.S. as the representative of Hinduism at the World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893. His overwhelming success resulted in the founding of a number of centers throughout America, and many believe, the emergence of Eastern philosophy in the West.
Swami Vivekananda's approach to Vedanta is probably the most tuned to the needs of the Western world. We especially recommend his books on the different "Yogas."
Writes Romain Rolland, famed 19th century writer:
His words are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring rhythms like the march of Handel choruses. I cannot touch these sayings of his, scattered as they are through the pages of books at thirty years' distance, without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And what shocks, what transports must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of a hero.