Swami Vivekananda: He said that I am proud to say that we have in our hearts the sacred memories of the Israelites whose shrines were destroyed by Roman invaders and turned into ruins. After this he took refuge in South India.
Swami Vivekananda, the spiritual guru of India, was born on 12 January in Kolkata. The birth anniversary of Vivekananda is celebrated as National Youth Day. By the way, his whole life is a source of inspiration for the youth. The 25-year-old youth left worldly attachments and engaged in the promotion of spirituality and Hindutva. There came a phase in the life of Vivekananda, who came out in search of God as a sanyasi, when he gave the knowledge of Hindutva and spirituality to the whole world. On September 11, 1893, the Parliament of Religions was held in America. On behalf of India, Swami Swami Vivekananda participated in the religious conference being held in Chicago.
Here he began his speech in Hindi with ‘Brothers and Sisters of America’. The Art Institute of Chicago erupted in applause for two full minutes at his speech. This day has been recorded in the history of India as an event of pride and honor.
I thank you on behalf of the ancient saint tradition of my country. I thank you on behalf of the mother of all religions and also on behalf of crores, crores of Hindus of all castes, sects, I express my gratitude. I also thank some of the speakers who told from this forum that the idea of tolerance in the world has spread from the countries of the Far East.
He said that I am proud to say that we have in our hearts the sacred memories of the Israelites whose shrines were destroyed by Roman invaders and turned into ruins. After this he took refuge in South India.
Vivekananda began his speech with dear sisters and brothers. After this he said, ‘My heart is filled with immense joy at your warm welcome. On behalf of the world’s oldest saint tradition, I thank you all. I thank you on behalf of the mother of all religions.
He said, ‘I also thank those people who have used this platform to say that the idea of tolerance in the world has spread from India.’ Swami Vivekananda further said that he is proud that he belongs to a religion that has taught the people of the world the lesson of tolerance and acceptance.
Swami Vivekananda had said that people of all religions are given shelter. I am proud that the religion I belong to has given refuge to the great Parsi people. Even after this, he is taking care of them. After this Vivekananda also recited the lines of some shlokas.
Ruchinam Vaichatriyadrujukutilanapathjusham. Nrunamko Gamyasthvamsi Payasamranava Eva.. i.e. as rivers originate from different sources and finally join the sea. Similarly, man chooses different paths according to his wish.