Swami Vivekananda

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  • Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk, philosopher, author, and religious teacher.
  • He was the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
  • His message of spiritualism contributed remarkably towards strengthening not only Hindu religion and society but also Indian nationalism.
  • He believed in the fundamental unity of all religions.
  • Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.
    • The Math and the Mission are the two key organisations that direct the work of the socio-spiritual-religious Ramakrishna movement.
  • He was a key figure in the introduction of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.
  • He is credited with raising interfaith awareness and bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion.
  • Vivekananda became a popular figure after the 1893 Parliament of Religions in Chicago, where he began his famous speech with the words, “Sisters and brothers of America…,” before introducing Hinduism to Americans.

Latest News about Swami Vivekananda

  • 13 April 1919:
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 125th-anniversary celebration of Sri Ramakrishna Math at Vivekananda House in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


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