Many have grown up reading and listening about Swamiji making that amazing trip to Chicago and delivering the speech there. Well, here's the speech itself:
What a man, what erudition. His power over words and emotions is amazing. 100 years on from that fateful days, those words still ring out loud. And this is what i find sad, that so few people know our own history and culture. Here was a confident Hindu, confidently saying, "sarva dharma sambhav". And then look at the photograph. That confident stance, almost holy shining face. Now that's a hero for you.
I was never taught about the Veda's at school or at home. Every Christian, Jew or Muslim knows his or her Bible, Talmud or Quran (or least know what is in there). We dont. We can do worse than to study them. Well, here's the speech anyway! :)
All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!!!