The Beginning of Yoga in the West: Vivekananda’s 1893 Speech at the World Parliament of Religions

In 1893, a Swami from India was invited to give a number of talks and speeches at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Illinois. The ripple effect of this official introduction of Hinduism to the West has had a profound influence on the history of yoga and Eastern philosophy and spirituality in the United States and the rest of the West. The below are transcripts of these speeches. 


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

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