The Trailblazer of Yoga and Pluralism - An Exhibition
Renne Library, Main Lobby
Bozeman Hindu Society of MSU in partnership with Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (Hindu Volunteer Organization) of the United States holds an exhibition titled, "The Trailblazer of Yoga and Pluralism." This exhibition is about the life of Swami who intoroduced Yoga and Pluralism to our beloved nation--the United State of America. During the United States Bicentennial Celebration, Swami Vivekananda was counted among those foreign visitors who have most contributed to the country.
This exhibition has 24 posters and is placed behind the AskUS Desk of Renne Library of the Montana State University.
Swami Vivekananda's Biographical Sketch
Swami Vivekananda (January 12, 1863 - July 4, 1902), born Narendranath Dutta was the chief disciple of the 19th century mystic Ramakrishna Paramahansaand, the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is considered a key figure in the introduction of Hindu philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the "Western" World, mainly in America and Europe and is also credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the end of the 19th century.Vivekananda is considered to be a major force in the revival of Hinduism in modern India. He is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began: "Sisters and Brothers of America," through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions at Chicago in 1893.
Swami Vivekananda traveled to the United States, wherein he became the foremost proponent of Dharma in the West. Following his participation as Hindu delegate at the Chicago Parliament of the World's Religions in 1893, he spent more than three of his nine remaining years traveling and teaching in the United States. Swamiji, as he was called, left the body on July 4, 1902, at age 39. His short time on the earth made a profound impact which was felt around the world.
During the United States Bicentennial Celebration, Swami Vivekananda was counted among those foreign visitors who have most contributed to the country. In India, January 12, Swamiji's birthday, has been declared All Youth Day, reflecting Swamiji's heroic efforts in his homeland and his visionary faith in humankind.