Swami Vivekananda (January 12, 1863-July 4, 1902), born Narendranath Dutta is the chief disciple of the 19th century mystic Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. He is credited with raising inter-faith awareness and bringing Hinduism to the status of a world religion during the end of the 19th century. Best known for his inspiring speech beginning with "sisters and brothers of America", at the Parliament of the World's Religions at Chicago in 1893, Vivekananda is considered to be a major force in the revival of Hinduism in modern India.
In a short span of 39 years, Swami Vivekananda awakened and inspired great many souls that followed his precepts. His most famous statement was "Arise, Awake and Rest not till the goal is achieved." He gave a new direction to religion by transcending ritual concepts of religions and promoted formless and nameless meditative practices like Raja Yoga and Spirituality. He is also regarded as one of India's foremost nation-builders, whose teachings influenced the thinking of other national and international leaders and philosophers including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Aurobindo Ghosh, and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.