Chicago conference of swami vivekananda

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Chicago Addresses by Swami Vivekananda

4 stars!

This one was a first of its kind. Ive never much delved into philosophy, so I dont really know how to rate it.

Chicago Addresses is the compilation of Vivekanandas talks at the Parliament of Religions, 1893. He aimed at spreading his ideas to inspire mankind and guide them on the spiritual road, in the right direction.

A friend of mine, once while we were talking on how vast and varied Hinduism was, quoted Swami Vivekananda saying, Vedas are without beginning and without end. That seems incredulous because you find no writing without a definite start and an end. It was in this speech, his paper on Hinduism,where he emphasised on this matter. The analogy of laws of gravitation to state that they existed even before they came to notice is apt. That is what distinguishes a discovery from an invention. In his words, The Vedas actually mean the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times.

I would cite a few more things that enlightened me in this book.

Vivekananda explains the reason behind such variations in Gods creations in making one happy and the other unhappy. In this, he describes, in accordance with science, how the fate of the man in this lifetime rests upon his past actions in the previous lifetime, as the soul passes from one vessel to the next. He reflects on how pitiful this simple law of nature renders his entire existence.

Is man a tiny boat in a tempest, raised one moment on the foamy crest of a billow and dashed down into a yawning chasm the next, rolling to and fro at the mercy of good and bad actions- a powerless, helplesswreck in an ever-raging, ever-rushing, uncompromising current of cause and effect, a little moth placed under the wheel of causation, which rolls on crushing everything in its way and waits not for the widows tears or the orphans cry?

As an answer to this, he preaches worshipping the Almighty. Not out of selfish interests, but loving Him for loves sake. This, in my view, in a very powerful reasoning.

He says Buddhism is agnostic and Jainism is atheistic. Quite an irony, right? According to him,

The Buddhists or the Jains do not depend upon God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion, to evolve a God out of man. They have not seen the Father, but they have seen tge Son. And he that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father also.

Being the utter novice in these matters that I am, I dont know whether to justify or oppose. All that I can say is that it is an interesting observation.

About what he said with regard to Christians sending missionaries to India seemed to have a powerful impact on the audience, as some of the reviews I noted at the back of the book. He says that despite the many churches being erected in India, none of them came to the aid of the thousands who suffered immensely during famines or the like, at that time. The dexterity of his oration was such that even after criticizing a religion in front an audience, the clear majority of which were indeed Christians, didnt trigger violent opposition. In fact, people left the place moved, deep within their hearts.

I never thought I would read this, but curiosity makes you do strange things. Wont say I regretted it one bit. A nice insight into his theories, for a beginner like me.

4 stars.
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Swami Vivekananda Chicago original Speech on 15th September,1893

Swami Vivekananda and His 1893 Speech

This was the first World's Parliament of Religions and it was held from 11 to 27 September Delegates from all over the world joined this Parliament. Vivekananda began his journey to America from Bombay, India on 31 May ,with the great ship peninsula [3] His journey to America took him to China, Japan and Canada. At Canton Guangzhou he saw some Buddhist monasteries. There he also found many Sanskrit and Bengali manuscripts.

Swami Vivekananda was a wandering Hindu monk who was the most prominent disciple of Ramakrishna, a well known 19th century saint. Vivekananda is remembered as one of the key people who introduced Indian philosophies such as Vedanta and Yoga to the West. He is also responsible for awakening Hinduism in India, while also assisting the idea of Nationalism in British India. Born Narendra Nath Datta on 12th January , to an influential family in Kolkata, from a young age Vivekananda displayed an inclination towards spirituality. One of the major influences on his life was his guru Ramakrishna who taught him that all living beings are manifestations of the Divine and hence service to mankind is ultimately service to God.

Swami Vivekanda's name is counted in the list of most prominent personalities in the world's history. He was the man who could bring revolution just by his words. In , on September 11, he delivered an iconic speech at the Chicago Convention of Parliament of Religions. During his speech, he introduced Hinduism to the world. He talked about religion and intolerance. His speech got a two-minute standing ovation and that is why it is still remembered.

Swami Vivekananda represented India and Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions In a three-day world conference was organized to commemorate th birth anniversary of Vivekananda. After reaching Chicago Vivekananda learned no one could attend the Parliament as delegate without credential.
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Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu monk from India known for introducing many in the U. His speeches at the World Parliament of Religions of offer an overview of his faith and a call for unity between the world's major religions. His family was well to do by Indian colonial standards, and he received a traditional British-style education. There is little to suggest Datta was especially religious as a child or teen, but after his father died in Datta sought spiritual counsel from Ramakrishna, a noted Hindu teacher. Two years later, he left monastic life for one as a wandering monk and he traveled widely until



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  1. Born Narendranath Dutta, he was the chief disciple of the 19th-century mystic Ramakrishna and the founder of Ramakrishna Mission.

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