The people of America, who’re mostly under the influence of orthodox religion and strict views about life, Swami Vivekananda’s greeting ‘My Sisters and Brothers of America’ jolted them to alertness and made them aware of the existence of Real India that they gave a two-minute standing ovation.
His speech, destined to be a short one, ended up being the famous one in the Parliament Of Religions, Chicago in 1893. The American Media called him the cyclonic monk from India. The New York Herald wrote, “Vivekananda is undoubtedly the greatest figure in the Parliament of Religions. After hearing him we feel how foolish it is to send missionaries to this learned nation”.
He made the world aware of the Masters who live in this nation seems like listening about a different India, not the India struggling to be free from British Raj.
When Swami Vivekananda reached The United States, none received him as we think, his funds seemed to run out as he’s not accepted as a delegate at first. Harvard University Professor John Henry Wright, who came to know about Swami Vivekananda, invited him to speak at the university prior to the Parliament of Religions. Psychologist and Philosopher William Jones, who heard the Indian Monk speak at the university, said, “That man is simply a wonder for oratorical power. He is an honour to humanity.’’
The Famous Photograph we see of Swami Vivekananda today was taken at Chicago Parliament of Religions. On the photograph itself, Swami Vivekananda acknowledged the divine within by writing a quote on the photograph: “One infinite pure and holy – beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee!”
– Viswanath Venkat Dasari
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