Author: Asim Chaudhuri
Publisher: Advaita Ashram
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817505297X
The author of the present work;, after successfully investigating Swamiji's life in Chicago, was requested to take up similar research on Swamiji's life in other places in America. As a result, we have the present work, which devotees of Swamiji will most certainly enjoy.
An unusual feature of this book is the arrangement of subject matter: the information about Swamiji has been categorized according to the different American states he visited. While reading a chapter on a particular state, the reader gets a glimpse of the places and events associated with Swamiji there.
Of the states in the union, Swami Vivekananda visited New York the most often….
Since 1886, the statue of Liberty at Ellis Island has been welcoming people from other countries, whether immigrating or just visiting. Although he entered the continent for the first time through the West Coast -Vancouver to be exact - all his other trips to and from the USA were through the port in New York City.
By the time Swami Vivekananda set foot in the Empire City of the West, it was at the height of its success and power, a paragon of modern life and thought. Although a huge influx of poor immigrants, corruption in the municipal governments, rise of a plutocracy, and many other problems plagued the city, it had the right heart and soul to overcome the great melting pot called New York City, and one of their representatives, a Hindu monk named Vivekananda, was determined to set them free.
The statue of Liberty, located in New York City Harbor and dedicated in 1886, proudly welcomed Swami Vivekananda with its famous inscription Give me your tired, you’re poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The message could not have been more appropriate because it was a symbol of the Swami’s missions as well that point of time.
Maryland and Washington