By Lenka Walldroff
“Brothers and Sisters of America!”
Thus began Swami Vivekananda’s speech to the Parliament of the World’s Religions on Sept. 11, 1893. As part of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the Parliament of the World’s Religions met in Chicago to foster inter faith understanding and tolerance. Swami Vivekananda, then a still unknown monk-philosopher to the Western world, came to represent India and Hinduism.