150 Years of Swami Vivekananda
Vivekananda (1863-1902), born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk, well known for introducing Vedantic philosophy and yoga to the Western world. His message of universal acceptance–taken from the Bhagavad Gita–found wide resonance in the United States, appealing to an American world-embracing sensibility fostered by thought leaders of the mid-to-late 19th century.
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Vivekananda (1863-1902), born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk, well known for introducing Vedantic philosophy and yoga to the Western world. Traveling to the United States in 1893, Vivekananda participated in the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago, where he was adulated for his message of religious pluralism founded in transcendentalist ideals. Taken from the Bhagavad Gita, Vivekananda's image exemplifying this message found wide resonance among his audience: "As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to thee."
Repeated by Vivekananda during his more than four years' stay and travels in the U.S. and Europe, this message of universal acceptance appealed to an American world-embracing sensibility fostered by the Boston Transcendentalists and other thought leaders of the mid-to-late 19th century. It contributed substantially to the development of the interfaith movement and mystical eclecticism of modern and contemporary America.
This exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and features photographs of Vivekananda in America.