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A message of love, compassion and the spiritual unity of humankind from one of Indias visionary teachersVivekanandas message gives us hope for the future. His love for humanity gave him the mandate for his message, and his innate purity gave him an irresistible power that nobody could match. The same love that was born as Buddha, the Compassionate One, once again assumed human form as Vivekananda.from the IntroductionAt the Worlds Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, a young Hindu monk caused a sensation. At the utterance of his simple opening wordsSisters and Brothers of Americathe audience broke into spontaneous applause for Swami Vivekananda. What followed was a stunning speech about the validity and unity of all religions. In just a little over a century, Vivekanandas message has spread throughout the world.In this book for spiritual seekers of all faiths and backgrounds, and for all who yearn for solutions to the ideological conflicts that threaten our world, Swami Adiswarananda presents a selection of Vivekanandas most profound and inspiring lectures and an intimate glimpse of his life through newspaper reports from the time, personal reminiscences from disciples and others close to him, and impressions of his life and message from world leaders. A chapter by Swami Nikhilananda, founder of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York, offers a fascinating view of Vivekanandas spiritual mission to Americaa mission that brought the ideals of spiritual freedom and spiritual democracy to the forefront of Western religious thought.Swami Adiswarananda (19252007), former senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India, was Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York.

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