‘Swami Vivekananda’ was born on 12 January 1863 in Calcutta. His birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day. The great philosopher Swami Vivekananda played an important role in the rise of India. He believed in serving the poor as much as he believed in true God worship. Swami Vivekananda not only brightened the name of India with his ideas but also raised the value of the country in the world. His fiery speech delivered in the US city of Chicago is still very popular. In 1893, he taught the world the lesson of Hindutva and spirituality at the World Religion Conference held in Chicago. Here he introduced the world to Indian culture and Indian knowledge.
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Swami Vivekananda was born in a Kayastha family in Kolkata. His childhood name was Narendranath Dutt. After becoming a monk, his name became Swami Vivekananda. He met his Guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in 1881 at the Kali Temple in Dakshineswar, Kolkata. It is said that Guru Paramahamsa introduced him to the real knowledge of life. Swami Vivekananda’s speech delivered in the Parliament of Religions in America was quite popular. He gave this speech on September 11, 1893. When he started his speech with the address of ‘America’s brothers and sisters’, the entire hall echoed with applause.
Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission in Kolkata on 1 May 1897 and the Ramakrishna Math in Belur on 9 December 1898. Swami Vivekananda had asthma and sugar disease. He died at the age of 39 at Ramakrishna Math, Belur on 4 July 1902. It is said that in a meditative state, he gave up his life wearing Mahasamadhi.
Whenever Vivekananda talks, his speech in the year 1893 is discussed in the Parliament of Religions in Chicago, USA. This is the speech that presented India with a strong image in front of the whole world. But very few people can tell what he said in the speech. In such a situation, today we tell you the special things about his speech.
Highlights points of Swami Vivekananda speech
- Brothers and sisters, the affection with which you have welcomed me has filled my heart. I thank the world’s oldest saint tradition and the mother of all religions. I thank you on behalf of lakhs and crores of Hindus of all castes and sects. I also want to thank some of the speakers who spoke on this forum who expressed that the idea of tolerance in the world has spread from the countries of the East.
- Communalism, bigotry and religious persistence of its terrible descendants have long held this beautiful earth. They have filled this earth with violence and how many times this earth has become red with blood. Do not know how many civilizations were destroyed and how many countries were destroyed.
- I also want to thank some of the speakers who spoke on this forum, who made it clear that the idea of tolerance in the world has spread from the countries of the East.
- I am proud that I belong to a religion that has taught the world the lesson of tolerance and universal acceptance. Not only do we believe in universal tolerance, but we accept all religions as truth.
- I am proud that I am from the country which gave refuge to the persecuted people of all religions and all countries. I am proud that we have cherished in our hearts the sacred memories of Israel in which their shrines were destroyed by the Roman invaders and then they took refuge in South India.