Sunday, May 10, 2015
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About the swami: Swami Brahmavidyananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna Order who resides at the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Hollywood, took his monastic vows in 1990 and has been carrying on the universal message of visionary prophet Swami Vivekananda, who in the 1890′s was among the first to bring the concept of religious acceptance from India to America. Swami Brahmavidyananda describes the path of Vedanta as “bringing democracy to religion.”
Vivekananda believed that all religions are not only necessary, but essential to the human spirit which, due to race and culture, has the need for diversity as obviously expressed by the various paths and religions,” he explains. “Vivekananda never used the words ‘religious tolerance’ because that infers one’s sense of superiority over another. He always preferred to say ‘religious acceptance’.”