Post Chicago Addresses, Swami Vivekananda spent a couple of years in the United States and Europe sowing the seeds of Vedanta through illuminating talks. These talks have come down to us through Sarah Ellen Waldo and J. J. Goodwin. Waldo was the transcriber of the Inspired Talks of Swami Vivekananda, as well as the editor of most of his talks, including Raja Yoga, a seminal work that has become a textbook for the students of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Apart from these works, she has contributed numerous articles on Vedanta on the lines of Vivekananda.
For this reason, this book dealing with Ellen Waldo’s life and contributions to the Vedanta movement assumes great importance. Miss Waldo was the first Western woman requested by Swami Vivekananda to teach Vedanta in America