“One of the great thought challengers of the day is this work by the Swâmi Vivekânanda. The book goes deep and treats of startling things, but when analyzed and viewed from the author’s standpoint, they are found to be links in the great chain of truth. He alone will deny who is out of sympathy or limited in vision.”—Transcript, Boston, Sept. 24, 1902.
“Students of religion will find much of interest in it; those who care for India in any way will be glad to receive an indication of high Hindu thought in one of the most striking religious movements of the day; while the orthodox Christian will derive some information from the work regarding the attitude of cultured Hindus toward Christianity and its Founder. After reading the book one is inexcusable if his ideas concerning Vedanta are hazy.”—New York Saturday Review of Books, July 12, 1902.
“The lectures show a wonderful insight into great truths which underlie all religious aspiration.”—Courier Journal, Louisville, July 5, 1902.
“The altruism with which his preaching is permeated attracts and inspires. The love of humanity which he inculcates harmonizes with the spirit of the age, His English is good, his style easy to read, his sincerity unquestionable. Merely as an intelligent presentation of what is best in the ancient Hindu Scriptures, the Swâmi Vivekânanda’s book is deserving of attention at the hands of religious students.”—Record-Herald, Chicago, Aug. 19, 1902.
“The lectures are all extremely interesting, the style brilliant, the reasoning often subtle. Whether the philosophy advanced is satisfactory or not to those whose theories are the outgrowth of a different system of thought, his method of presenting it affords an intellectual pleasure.”—Journal, Indianapolis, Oct. 13, 1902.
“It is a book which appeals to the intellectual, and no one could be the worse for reading it, since it contains much of truth even as Christians measure truth.”—Milwaukee Sentinel, Aug, 15, 1902.
“The Vedanta Philosophy as explained by Vivekânanda is interesting.…As given by him and his followers, no more lofty teachings can be found. The work is a valuable addition to the literature of religions.”—Toledo Blade Oct. 11, 1902.