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Swami Vivekananda’s 125 years ago Chicago address, Full text

It is 9/11 the same day, back in 1893, 125 years ago Swami Vivekananda the greatest Hindu monk addressed ministers, people from america and round the world in Chicago.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made special reference of the date: 9/11 and related it to Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address. “There was a significant 9/11, 125 years ago too,” said the Prime Minister. The prime minister made his remarks during an event to mark 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address and Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya centenary celebrations. Hailing the significance of the day, PM said that the 9/11 of 1893 was about love, harmony and brotherhood. “Swami Vivekananda raised his voice against the social evils that entered our society. Just with a few words, a youngster from India won over the world and showed the world the power of oneness,” PM said. The Prime Minister added, “Swami Vivekananda said that o only rituals will not connect an individual to divinity…he said Jan Seva is Prabhu Seva.”
Here’s is the full speech of Vivekananda, PM Narendra Modi was talking about:

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. 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.
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 honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. 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.

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. 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. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.

I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, and which is every day repeated by millions of human beings:

As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which people take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.

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:

Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach them; all are struggling through paths which in the end lead to Me.

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 civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

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