"He is the Great God, calm, beautiful, and silent! and I am His great worshipper."
He spoke of Shiva's "eternal meditation that no thought of pleasure could break."
Sister Nivedita wrote in Notes of Some Wanderings that "he understood, he said, for the first time this summer (either June 18 or 19, 1898), the meaning of the nature-story that made the Ganges fall on the head of the Great God, and wander in and out amongst His matted locks, before she found an outlet on the plains below. He had searched long, he said, for the words that the rivers and waterfalls uttered, amongst the mountains, before he had realised that it was the eternal cry "Bom ! Bom ! Hara ! Hara !"
"Yes !" he said of Siva one day, "He is the Great God, calm, beautiful, and silent! and I am His great worshipper."
- www.vivekananda.net edited by Frank Parlato Jr.