On February 10, 1893, a young man with a magnetic personality and unusual calm alighted at the Hyderabad Railway station. It was his first and last visit to twin cities. The fragrance of his scholarship had reached the Pearl City could be known from the fact that 500 prominent citizens were present at the station to receive him.
Vivekananda’s Hyd speech completes 125 yrs tomorrow
There was an audience of 1000 people, including Europeans. Pandit Rattan Lal was in the Chair. The topic was ‘My Mission to the West’. In his speech, Swamiji gave an exposition of the tenets of not only the Hinduism, but also that of the Christianity and the Islam. He spoke on the merits of the Hinduism, the greatness of Hindu Culture and society in olden days and gave an outline of Vedic and post-Vedic thought.
He described the Rishis as great law givers and authors and compilers of the Shastras. He showed how the Puranas incorporated great ethical ideals. Finally, he spoke of his mission--which is nothing less than the regeneration of the motherland. - The author is Jeevanvrati of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari, Hyderabad branch.