[What They Said Of Swamijee And His Speeches]
(1) Swami Vivekananda exercised a wonderful influence over his audience.
Dr. J.H. Barrows.
Chairman of General Committee Of The Parliament Of Religions,
(2) By far the most important and typical representative of Hinduism was Swami Vivekananda, who in fact was beyond question the most popular and influential man in the Parliament.
President Of Scientific Section Of The Parliament Of Religions, Chicago.
(3) He is undoubtedly the greatest figure in the Parliament of Religions. After hearing him we feel how foolish it is to send missionaries to this learned nation.
The New York Herald.
(4) Of the Swami's address before the Parliament of Religions, it may be said that when he began to speak it was of "The religious ideas of the Hindus", but when he ended, Hinduism had been created.
For it was no experience of his own that rose to the lips of the Swami Vivekananda there. He did not even take advantage of the occasion to tell the story of his Master. Instead of either of these, it was the religious consciousness of India that spoke through him, the message of his whole people, as determined by their whole past....
Others stood beside the Swami Vivekananda, on the same platform as he, as apostles of particular creeds and churches. But it was his glory that he came to preach a religion to which each of these was, in his own words,"Only a travelling, a coming up, of different men and women, through various conditions and circumstances to the same goal".
Sister Nivedita(Miss Margaret E. Noble)
(5) A striking figure, clad in yellow and orange, shining like the sun of India in the midst of the heavy atmosphere of Chicago, a lion head, piercing eyes, mobile lips, movements swift and abrupt---such was my first impression of Swami Vivekananda, as I met him in one of the rooms set apart for the use of the delegates to the Parliament of Religion.
Enraptured, the huge multitude hung upon his words;not a syllable must be lost, not a cadence missed! "That man a heathen!" said one, as he came out of the great hall,"And we send missionaries to his people! It would be more fitting that they should send missionaries to us."
Dr. Annie Besant.