Swami Vivekananda was a direct disciple of the great avatar Sri Ramakrishna. After the death of his beloved Master Vivekananda lived the life of a wandering sannyasin (monk). However in 1893 he was invited to come to America to take part in the inaugural World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. At the congress of world religions Vivekananda became the star speaker with his clarion call for harmony amongst the world religions.
Vivekananda played an important role in reawakening Indian and Hindu national pride. Many of India's great revolutionary leaders pay homage to the inspiration of Vivekananda. However although he inspired people from all walks of life. His life is most significant for his magnetic spiritual personality and his dedicated service to ushering in the ideals of his Master Sri Ramakrishna.