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The first Hindu monk in America Swami Vivekananda's famous Chicago appearance took place on September 11, 1893, where he spoke about similar threats that led to the terrorists attacks in the US on the same date 108 years later. A report in NWI Times brought this fact to light and a recent book - Swami Vivekananda in Chicago: New Findings by Asim Chaudhuri has more on this 'prophecy'.

Fullerton Hall

I was fortunate to visit the famous Fullerton Hall (pictured here) at the Art Institute of Chicago, where Swami Vivekananda delivered these landmark speeches.

Outside the hall is a brass plaque that reads: "On this site between September 11 & 27, 1893 Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) the first Hindu Monk from India to teach Vedanta in America, addressed the World's Parliament of Religions, held in conjunction with the world's Columbian exposition. His unprecedented success opened the way for the dialogue between Eastern and Western Religions."

Read the Swamiji's famous speeches.

Comments
September 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(1) Faezal says:

At a time and age of pseudo-icons and legends blown out of proportion via hype and media, the world is so ignorant of true heroes such as Swami Vivekanand who showed the world the true meaning of tolerance and inclusiveness, as espoused by Hinduism, with his opening speech at the Parliament of Religions. I wish the Taliban would read this some day! And this is just one of the aspects of this truly great man who is to be delved deep into for inspiration on just about every aspect of life!

September 7, 2010 at 6:29 am
(2) Clauida says:

Thank for your wisdom,

September 7, 2010 at 9:35 am
(3) meenu khare says:

Simply Brilliant.

September 7, 2010 at 10:59 am
(4) Sushila Karia says:

It is so intersting and informative to read about Swami Vivekanand, and in real life it is worth taking good examples from somebody like Swami Vivekanand, and atleast try to follow his footprint.
GOD BLESS HIM.

September 8, 2010 at 10:17 am
(5) Subrata says:

It is inspiring to read about Swami Vivekananda

September 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm
(6) Chetan says:

Subhamoy, you are so lucky to have been present at the place which gave West their first and true look into the East. Swamiji, is truly an icon and inspiration for all souls who believe in religious tolerance and not one prevailing over the other. “As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee,” he quotes in his Chicago speech. He is my Guru. May my path lead to HIM.

September 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm
(7) Amita says:

Swami Vivekananda, there is no word to express that saintly figure who so kindly won the hearts of the West by his very first speech at Chicago. How inspiring and captivating was his approach to Hinduism

July 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm
(8) veegee says:

“Nikola Tesla and Swami Vivekananda
by Mr. Toby Grotz, President, Wireless Engineering
Swami Vivekananda, late in the year l895 wrote in a letter to an English friend, “Mr. Tesla thinks he can demonstrate mathematically that force and matter are reducible to potential energy. I am to go and see him next week to get this new mathematical demonstration. In that case the Vedantic cosmoloqy will be placed on the surest of foundations. I am working a good deal now upon the cosmology and eschatology of the Vedanta. I clearly see their perfect union with modern science, and the elucidation of the one will be followed by that of the other.”
(Complete Works, Vol. V, Fifth Edition, 1347, p. 77).
Here Swamiji uses the terms force and matter for the Sanskrit terms Prana and Akasha. Tesla used the Sanskrit terms and apparently understood them as energy
and mass. (In Swamiji’s day, as in many dictionaries published in the first half of the present century, force and energy were not alwavys clearly differentiated. Energy is a more proper translation of the Sanskrit term Prana.)
Tesla apparently failed in his effort to show the identity of mass and energy. Apparently he understood that when speed increases, mass must decrease. He seems to have thought that mass might be “converted” to energy and vice versa, rather than that they were identical in some way, as is pointed out in Einstein’s equations. At any rate, Swamiji seems to have sensed where the difficulty lay in joining the maps of European science and Advaita Vedanta and set Tesla to solve the problem. It is apparently in the hope that Tesla would succeed in this that Swamiji says “In that case the Vedantic cosmology will be placed on the surest of foundations.” Unfortunately Tesla failed and the solution did not come till ten years later, in a paper by Albert Einstein. But by then Swamiji was gone and the connecting of the maps was delayed.”

September 8, 2011 at 8:10 am
(9) Tom Head says:

I am struck by the fact that it was exactly 108 years, given the holy significance of the number 108 (108 names for deities, 108 recitations of the Gayatri and 108 beads on a mala, etc). All the more reason to listen to his core message, I think, which is one that the world still needs to hear and for the most part has still never heard.

September 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm
(10) Srikanth says:

A truly profound and prophetic figure, Swami Vivekananda’s memorial at the tip of South India, the confluence of Arabian sea & Bay of Bengal, in the great Indian Ocean region – is a awe inspiring place. I was fortunate to visit this incredible place with the statue. One can simply meditate and think of the global impact of this soul -where people are awakening to the fact through such interesting coincidences (or is it ! – i.e.. 108 years/108 shlokas etc….) .-even today. I was influenced & inspired just to read about the man and his work, even as a college student many years ago.

September 27, 2011 at 12:02 am
(11) A Ganguly says:

Thanks for the link to NWI times. As mentioned there, Swamiji’s comments about the threat of terrorism seems to foresee the 9/11 WTC tragedy. However, I do not agree with the opinion made there that his comments are coincidental. Great sages like Swami Vivekananda can see the ‘truth’ so clearly that they can predict things that we, mere simpletons with our clouded minds, cannot. To us the pronouncements of the sages seem mystical, magical or perhaps accidental. However, that is not so. There is a large amount of wisdom in his comments. While Swamiji probably couldn’t have foreseen the exact tragedy, he could see the trajectory towards it.

October 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(12) Partha says:

Amy statue for Swamiji is there?

May 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm
(13) magendralingam says:

After reading Faezal”s comment , I fully agree. not only the Taliban but Asian leaders too should read, the lectures to open their eyes and mind and not delve in their own utopia. It is sad to see how religions-are brought into trivial day to day politics and are used to split the most precious HUMAN RACE. Hopefully the so called voluntarily elected leaders will soon realize where they are leading their countries too. hope they will practice equality and bury discrimination

September 11, 2012 at 10:03 am
(14) Kiran Patel says:

It is inspiring to read about Swami Vivekananda

September 20, 2012 at 5:52 am
(15) Prof.Shaktidev Mukherjee says:

There is serious need to let people of India and USA know about Swami Vivekananda in detail so that they can look within themselves and try to move towards a world where there will be no difference among people of any part of the world.
As rightly said by the Swami;’ The burning fire of materialism of west needs the quenching cool water of Indian spiritualism for a stable world’
Let us all pray for that day when this can happen.

September 28, 2012 at 7:09 am
(16) Goal Rush says:

brillіant рoѕt I’m a huge United fan from amsterdam

January 5, 2013 at 9:35 am
(17) Garima Majeji says:

It is really informative and truly prophetic to read about this great man.
I was inspired to read his Chicago speech
Swamiji is an Icon for all of us.

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