Man of wisdom and “the greatest figure in the parliament of Religions”

Narendra Dutta changed his name to Vivekananda, and became a powerful spokesman for Ramakrishna’s revelations. Nurtured no less by the thoughts and writings of western philosophers and acquiring competence and eloquence in the English language, Vivekananda set out to preach to the world at large. In the parliament of Religions, held in Chicago in 1893, which he attended as an exponent of Hindu visions. Vivekananda made such an impact as a speaker and man of wisdom at that one newspaper unabashedly noted “After hearing him, we feel how foolish it is to send missionaries to this learned nation.” He was called “an orator by divine right” and declared as “the greatest figure in the parliament of Religions.”

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