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  • Swami Vivekananda Bengali: [ʃami bibekanɒnɖo], Shāmi Bibekānondo; 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna

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  • He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century
  • He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India
  • Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission
  • He is perhaps best known for his speech which began, "Sisters and brothers of America
  • ," in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893
  • Born into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality
  • He was influenced by his Guru, Ramakrishna Deva, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind
  • After Ramakrishna's death, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions prevailing in British India


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