4. The Handsome Monk In The Orange Robe

Swami Vivekananda Conquers the Parliament and Creates the Vedanta Society

 

Vivekananda posedVivekananda poster (copy)

Swami Vivekananda, a close disciple of the legendary saint Sri Ramakrishna, arrived in America in 1893 to attend the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago.  Charismatic, erudite and delivering the message of India’s sanatana dharma (eternal way), he was the star of the show at a time when most Americans hadn’t even met a Catholic or a Jew, much less a Hindu monk.   The chapter covers Vivekananda’s remarkable three years in America, during which he established the still-vital Vedanta Society, wrote books on each of the four main systems of yoga (raja, karma, bhakti, jnana) and set the template for all successful gurus in the West with his rational, pragmatic, pluralistic approach to spirituality.

Original Vedanta Society temple in San Francisco:

vedanta temple SF

Vedanta Society in the USA

Swami Vivekananda bio and other information

Vedanta Press: Books by and about Vivekananda and the Ramakrishna lineage

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