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Swami Vivekananda, born

Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk,

philosopher, author, religious teacher, and the chief disciple of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world; and 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. He was so impactful at the Parliament that an American newspaper described him as: "an orator by divine right and undoubtedly the greatest figure at the Parliament".

Born: Narendranath Datta, January 12, 1863, Calcutta,

Bengal Presidency, British India, (present-day Kolkata,

West Bengal, India)

Died: July 4, 1902, Belur Math, Bengal Presidency,

British India, (present-day West Bengal, India)

Founder of: Ramakrishna Mission (1897), Ramakrishna Math

Guru: Ramakrishna

Philosophy: Neo-Vedanta, Rāja yoga

Literary works: Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, My Master, Lectures from Colombo to Almora

Notable disciple(s): Ashokananda, Virajananda, Paramananda, Alasinga Perumal, Abhayananda,


"Pearls of Wisdom". Book by Swami Vivekananda, edited by the Ramakrishna Mission, 2010.

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