Throwback Thursday | Swami Vivekananda Visits South Pasadena

PHOTO: Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood | SouthPasadenan.com | Swami Vivekananda visits South Pasadena (1900)

Swami Vivekananda was a well-known spiritual leader in India during the late 1800s and early 1900s. He traveled to America in 1900, staying at a residence in South Pasadena for six weeks.

PHOTO: Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood | SouthPasadenan.com | Swami Vivekananda at a picnic with members of South Pasadena’s Women’s Club. Monterey Hills, South Pasadena (1900)

The Vedanta Society of Southern California acquired the house at 309 Monterey Road in 1955 and dedicated it as a shrine in 1985. Today, the bedroom where Swami Vivekananda slept is a sanctuary for meditation. The Vivekananda House was declared a Cultural Heritage Landmark (#29) by the City of South Pasadena.

PHOTO: Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood | SouthPasadenan.com | Swami Vivekananda stands in front of the home on 309 Monterey Road, South Pasadena (1900)

In 1893, Swami Vivekananda made an immediate impression on the American public when he represented Hinduism at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago at the World’s Columbian Exposition. According to Vivekananda, “Religion is not in books, nor in theories, nor in dogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming.”

PHOTO: Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood | SouthPasadenan.com | Swami Vivekananda during his visit to the United States

 

 

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY IS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY RICK THOMAS

Author Rick Thomas is the former museum curator and vice-chair of education for the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. He served on the South Pasadena Natural Resources Commission, helping to maintain a strict policy protecting the city’s great old-growth trees. Using touchstone photographs from his own collection—one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest accumulations of historical images and artifacts—as well as national, state, and local historical archives, Thomas provides a window to his city’s past and an understanding of why its preservation is so important.

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