Swami Vivekananda

1863 - 1902

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Swami Vivekananda (; Bengali: [ʃami bibekanɔndo] (listen); 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born Narendranath Datta (Bengali: [nɔrendronatʰ dɔto]), was an Indian Hindu monk and philosopher. He was a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. Influenced by Western esotericism, he was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian darsanas (teachings, practices) of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world, and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Swami Vivekananda has received more than 13,265,094 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Swami Vivekananda is the 214th most popular philosopher (down from 163rd in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from India (down from 29th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Indian Philosopher.

Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk and a major figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.

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Among philosophers, Swami Vivekananda ranks 214 out of 1,089Before him are Benedetto Croce, Pelagius, Muhammad Abduh, Melissus of Samos, Gabriel Marcel, and Miguel de Unamuno. After him are Paulo Freire, Bernard Bolzano, Hasan al-Basri, Hippias, Imre Lakatos, and Gaston Bachelard.

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Among people born in 1863, Swami Vivekananda ranks 13Before him are Arthur Henderson, Pietro Mascagni, Henry van de Velde, George Herbert Mead, Constantine P. Cavafy, and David Lloyd George. After him are Alexandre Yersin, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Carlos I of Portugal, Werner Sombart, Austen Chamberlain, and Vladimir Vernadsky. Among people deceased in 1902, Swami Vivekananda ranks 5Before him are Émile Zola, Cecil Rhodes, Levi Strauss, and Rudolf Virchow. After him are Maria Goretti, Samuel Butler, Marie Henriette of Austria, James Tissot, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, and Ion Ivanovici.

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Among people born in India, Swami Vivekananda ranks 39 out of 1,227Before him are Mahavira (-599), Aishwarya Rai (1973), Jahangir (1569), Amartya Sen (1933), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), and Aryabhata (476). After him are Bhāskara II (1114), Tulsidas (1532), Valmiki (-80), Julie Christie (1940), Sariputta (-568), and Vallabhbhai Patel (1875).


Among philosophers born in India, Swami Vivekananda ranks 7Before him are Ramakrishna (1836), Nagarjuna (150), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Adi Shankara (788), Bodhidharma (483), and Kabir (1440). After him are Sri Aurobindo (1872), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), and Vyasa (-390).