How are the ideas in Swami Vivekananda's Address to the Parliament of Religion still relevant to us today?

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In the most unique of ways, Swami Vivekananda articulated a vision of "globalization" that sought to bring people of divergent backgrounds together.   His opening of "Sisters and brothers of America," helped to create the understanding that Hinduism was not something that lay outside of the reach of "Western " religious expressions.  Rather, Swami Vivekananda articulated a vision of spiritual expression that sought to unify over common ground as opposed to divide it based on dogmatic doctrine:

'As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take, through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee!'... 'Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths that in the end lead to Me.'

In phrasing the Vedic scriptures and Bhagavad- Gita in this manner, Swami Vivekananda was able to suggest that religious worship is one that seeks to bring humans closer to the will of the divine.  The exact dogma is not as important as the idea of individuals embracing a spiritual path in order to be better than what individuals are in the hopes of being the best one can be.  In this light, Swami Vivekananda was seen as meaningful in his speech at the time and in the modern setting because it calls on individuals to change what is into what should be.  In embracing a life of spiritual identity, Swami Vivekananda's words are relevant to the modern setting in the call to be active in the transformation of reality into embracing the promises and possibilities that can be only recognized through spiritual worship.

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