The Famous Speech That Rendered Me Speechless
I am sure you have heard about the famous speech by Swami Vivekananda at the Congregation of World’s Parliament of Religions in September 1893. We have been told how great the speech was! I had my doubts about the superlatives that are used to express how great the speech was. Yes, I was skeptical only until I heard the actual speech delivered by the Swami himself.
I am enthralled by the clarity, confidence, eloquence and the charisma in his voice. I have never heard more effective speaker than Swami (I think Swami is a better speaker than even Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Indira Gandhi, NTR and Obama). I had goosebumps as I heard it.
The famous speech (in fact a series of speeches) started with the words, “Sisters and brothers of America” and with thunderous applause.
I am born a Hindu. But like a true Buddhist, I am an agnostic. I believe that more killings and suffering have happened in the name of religion than the damage done by any famine or disease. Oddly enough, I follow a handful of simple principles of life preached in the Gita. None of my beliefs really changed after listening this famous speech. But, I did get more clarity on my “I don’t know” philosophy. (Listen at 15-17 min mark: “I don’t know”)
If you are a Hindu – practicing or not – you MUST listen to this. If you are a person of Indian origin, this mp3 file is a must in your audio library. Heck, even if you are neither of Indian origin nor a Hindu, you must listen to this. Get ready to get some goosebumps as you listen.
Yes – this is the original and authentic audio of the speech – all in English – from the original gramophone record of 1893.