Swamiji's first night at Camp Taylor [ Northern California ], May 2, 1900. I close my eyes and see him standing there in the soft blackness with sparks from the blazing log fire... flying through it and a day-old moon above. He was weary after a long lecture season, but relaxed and happy to be there. " We end life in the forest, " he said, " as we begin it, but with a world of experience between the two states." Later after a short talk, when we were about to have the usual mediation, he said: "You may meditate on whatever you like, but I shall mediate on the heart of a lion. That gives strength." The bliss and power and peace of the meditation that followed could never be described.
- Swami Vivekananda
[ Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda: Ida Ansell ]