Swami Vivekananda: Essential writings. By Victor M. Parachin. Orbis Books, 2012. Victor Parachin is a member of the All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla. He is the co-founder of the Yoga Spirit Academy and is an ordained yoga and meditation instructor. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), a learned scholar and wandering monk from India, was a pioneer in introducing yoga and the wisdom of Hinduism to the West. This book is a collection of his teachings, quotes, and messages.