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The complete works of the Swami Vivekananda

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Pages: 150

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Vivekananda

Excerpt from book: THE HINDU RELIGION. It was the voice of the ancient Rishis of the Vedas, speaking sweet words of love and toleration through the Hindu monk, Paramahamsa Swami Vivekananda, that held spell-bound recently every one of those many hundreds who had accepted the invitation of the Brooklyn Ethical Society and packed the large lecture hall and the adjoining rooms of the Pouch Gallery on Clinton Avenue to overflowing ( on the 30th December 1894 ). The fame of the Oriental ascetic, who came to this Western world as the emissary and representative of the most ancient form of philosophical religious worship, Hinduism, had preceded him and as a result, men of all professions and callings—doctors and lawyers and judges and teachers—together with many ladies, had come from all parts of the city to listen to his strangely beautiful and eloquent defence of the Religion of India. They had heard of him as the delegate of the worshippers of Krishna and Brahma and Buddha to the " Parliament of Religions " at the World's Fair in Chicago, where he had been the most honoured of all pagan representatives: they had read of him as the philosopher who, for the sake of his religion, had given up what promised to be a most brilliant career, who, by years of ardent and patient study, had taken the scientific culture of the West and had transplanted it to the mystic soil of the ancient tradition of the Hindus: they had heard of his culture and his learning, of his wit and his eloquence, of his purity and sincerity and holiness, and hence they expected great things. And they were not disappointed. Swami (i.e., Master or Rabbi or Teacher) Vivekananda is even greater than his fame. As he stood upon the dais in his picturesque kaftan of bright red, a stray curl of jet-black hair creeping from under the many...  

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