Swami Vivekananda

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Swami Vivekananda

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Swami Vivekananda was a towering spiritual personality who awakened the slumbering Indian consciousness with his soul stirring vision of a dynamic spirituality. He is often viewed as the patron saint of modern India and many great figures acknowledge their debt to the life and works of Vivekananda.

Swami Vivekananda was a close disciple of India’s great God-Realised Saint, Sri Ramakrishna’sParamahansa, who lived during the 19th Century in a suburb of Calcutta. Vivekananda proved to be the articulate and powerful messenger of Ramakrishna’s realisation. In 1893 he accepted an invitation to participate in the World Parliament of Religions to represent Hinduism. Here Vivekananda spoke with great effect on the harmony of world religions and Vivekananda became well known throughout America.

After spending 3 years in America and England he returned to Indian to help form the Ramakrishna Math and Institute. He died in 1902 leaving behind a considerable collection of writings on Hinduism, Vedanta and spirituality.

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