Swami Vivekananda delivered a series of speeches at the World Parliament on Religions held in Chicago in 1893. He also presented a paper on Hindu Dharma there. The Following tweets are from the speech he delivered there and the research paper he presented.
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Sisters and Brothers of America,
It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; #VivekanandaInChicago 1/n
I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.
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My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honour of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. #VivekanandaInChicago 3/n
I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. #VivekanandaInChicago 4/n
I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth.
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I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny.
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I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.
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I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings:
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The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita:
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Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilisation and sent whole nations to despair.
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Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; #VivekanandaInChicago 11/n
& I fervently hope that bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with sword or with the pen, & of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.
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