Swami Vivekananda

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Swami Vivekananda

The man who gave who gave India many reasons to be proud of herself. Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 " 4 July 1902)

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Swami Vivekananda

His mother Bhuvaneshwari Devi was pious and had practiced austerities and prayed to Vishweshwar Shiva of Varanasi to give her a son. She reportedly had a dream in which Shiva rose from his meditation and said that he would be born as her son. "I am indebted to my mother for the efflorescence of my knowledge." said Vivekananda.

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Swami Vivekananda

Vivekananda was the chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna Paramahansa and the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He taught him Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism); that all religions are true and that service to man was the most effective worship of God.

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Swami Vivekananda

Narendranath's meeting with Ramakrishna in November 1881 proved to be a turning point in his life. About this meeting, Narendranath said, "Ramakrishna looked just like an ordinary man, with nothing remarkable about him. He used the most simple language and I thought "Can this man be a great teacher?". I crept near to him and asked him the question which I had been asking others all my life: "Do you believe in God, Sir?" "Yes", he replied. "Can you prove it, Sir?" "Yes". "How?" "Because I see Him just as I see you here, only in a much intenser sense." That impressed me at once. […] I began to go to that man, day after day, and I actually saw that religion could be given. One touch, one glance, can change a whole life."

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Swami Vivekananda

He is considered a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the "Western" World, mainly in America and Europe and is also credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the end of the 19th century C.E.

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Swami Vivekananda

Vivekananda is considered to be a major force in the revival of Hinduism in modern India.

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Swami Vivekananda

He is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began: "Sisters and Brothers of America," through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions at Chicago in 1893.

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Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda was born in an aristocratic Bengali kayastha family of Calcutta on January 12, 1863.

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Swami Vivekananda

Vivekananda's parents influenced his thinking"his father by his rationality and his mother by her religious temperament.

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Swami Vivekananda

From his childhood, he showed an inclination towards spirituality and God realization.

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Swami Vivekananda

After the death of his Guru, Vivekananda became a wandering monk, touring the Indian subcontinent and acquiring first-hand knowledge of conditions in India.

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