Harmony between East and West
‘Sisters and brothers of America!’ The
young yogi thundered,
And held his audience with rapt
attention, with all eyes peeled on him.
There was no doubt though, that
there were sceptics aplenty,
To whom the East was a land exotic,
fantastical and yet grim.
Their wrong assumptions though soon,
were to be torn and cast asunder.
The word Orient was the umbrella, under which The East was bundled,
And yet it was a disservice to the civilizations it comprised,
Many of whom were ancient civilizations, with mystic religions,
About whom the West knew little or in some cases, even despised.
Swamiji’s address changed all that, with all the detractors
At the World Parliament of Religions
in Chicago did he first start,
What was soon to be the turning
point of religious interaction,
Between the inclusive East, and a
Blending Hinduism, Buddhism and
Christianity in a wonderful assimilation.
And with that, all across America
did he this harmony of both worlds, impart.
‘That the paths may be different and the methods many,
But leading to the same
destination are all they.’
Thus spake Swami Vivekananda
to his ardent disciples.
Converts from a binding form
of worship, to a more liberal way.
Many came to ask and argue,
and never was one unconvinced, if any.
Harmony between the West and the
East he advocated,
Was a natural law of the way the
And was the only possible
In the dawn of a new age of
enlightenment he evoked.
Because understanding each other’s
culture he stressed.
Thus he addressed, emphasizing
Harmony and Peace,
Dissention and Destruction.
A World Parliament Religion, over
A War over Religion…