Editor excerpts from article – “Swami Vivekananda should be credited with inspiring intellectuals to work for and promote Asian integration. He directly and indirectly influenced most of the early proponents of pan-Asianism. Okakura, Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, and Benoy Sarkar owe much to Swamiji for their pan-Asian views.
Swamiji’s marvelous and enthralling speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago on 11 September 1893 and his subsequent popularity in the West and India moulded him into a spokesman for Asiatic civilization.
Huston Smith, the renowned author of The World’s Religions, which sold over two million copies, views Swamiji as the representative of the East. He states: Spiritually speaking, Vivekananda’s words and presence at the 1893 World Parliament of Religions brought Asia to the West decisively.
For, reading correctly the spiritual hunger of the West that his words and presence brought to the surface, Vivekananda went on to found the Ramakrishna Mission whose centres in almost every major city of Europe and America launched the influx of Asian spirituality that has changed the religious complexion of those continents permanently. Buddhism, Sufism, Sikhism, Baha’i and others have followed, but Vedanta was the pioneer.
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1. Buddha and his Message
2. Swami Vivekanand’s experiences in China
3. Swami Vivekanand – Vedanta comes to the West
4. Address Parliament of Religions 1893