Swami Vivekananda at Chicago


Vivekananda House

Vivekananda House
Chennai, India

An Actual Scene at One of the Sessions of the Parliament 12. This photograph was taken on the morning of September 21, 1893—the eleventh day of the parliament. It was published in 1893 as the frontispiece of John Henry Barrows’, The World’s Parliament of Religions, Volume 1. In New Discoveries we find this reference: In passing it should be noted that in Barrows’ history there are three published photographs of the “historic group on the platform.” These were taken on the morning of September 14, the morning of September 21, and the evening of September 27. In the second of these, [photo 18] which has been reproduced in the second edition of the Life, Swamiji has been tentatively identified in the front row of the delegates; I am sorry to say that a comparison with an enlarged and annotated copy of the same picture shows that this is not Swamiji but that “loafer” Narasimhacharya.13 ❊ ❊ ❊ Swamiji wrote regarding the Parliament of Religions and his coming to America in general: I am doing the Lord’s work, and wherever He leads I follow. . . . He who makes the dumb eloquent and the lame cross a mountain. He will help me. I do not care for human help. He is ready to help me in India, in America, on the North Pole, if He thinks fit. If He does not, none else can help me. Glory unto the Lord for ever and ever. (Letters, 60)


  • Title: Swami Vivekananda at Chicago
  • Date Created: 1883-09
  • Location: Chicago
  • Subject Keywords: Swami Vivekananda, Swami Vivekananda at chicago, chicago World’s Parliament of Religions,John Henry Barrows
  • Type: Photograph
  • Publisher: Ramakrishna Math & Mission, Belur Math
  • Rights: Ramakrishna Math & Mission, Belur Math
  • Accession ID: Photograph 18

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