There is no end to the power a man can obtain. This is the peculiarity of the Indian mind, that when anything interests it, it gets absorbed in it and other things are neglected. You know how many sciences had their origin in India. Mathematics began there. You are ...even today counting 1, 2, 3, etc. to zero, after Sanskrit figures, and you all know that algebra also originated in India, and that gravitation was known to the Indians thousands of years before Newton was born.
- Swami Vivekananda
THE POWERS OF THE MIND ( Delivered at Los Angeles, California, January 8, 1900 ) The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 2