Vivekananda Inspiring Personality was Well Known

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THROWBACK THURSDAY – In 1900, Swami Vivekananda, above, was a guest of the owner at the home located at 309 Monterey Road in South Pasadena for six weeks. Members of the newly formed Woman’s Club and other disciples met with him for picnics on the hillside behind the house to be enlightened on the spiritual and social issues of the day. Vivekananda’s inspiring personality was well known in India and America in the late 1800s. He made an immediate impression on the American public when he represented Hinduism at the Parliament of Religions in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Vivekananda once said: “Religion is not in books, nor in theories, nor in dogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming.” The South Pasadena home is a shrine today, and the bedroom where Vivekananda slept is now a sanctuary for meditation.

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