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Jupiter in the 11th house and Mars in the 5th, and two benefic planets in the 2nd house, show the prosperous surroundings of the aristocratic house of Vivekananda's father. Both benefics Venus and Mercury in the 2nd house gave him a pleasant speech and enviable eloquence. Bengalis had the advantage of cultivating these qualities because Calcutta, the then capital of India had a tradition of excellent teaching through English medium. The extracts of his reported speeches in American newspapers produced in the 2nd volume of the Collect Volumes of Vivekananda, give a full account of the fire, beauty, provocation and appeal of both his personality and speech. "His English and his mode of delivery were excellent," "...spoke entertainingly of his country and his impressions of this country." Mercury and Venus in the 2nd house earned him admiration in the USA for his pleasing eloquence. 

Natal Chart of Swami Vivekananda

Natal Chart of Swami Vivekananda

Vivekananda's Welcome Speech At The World's Parliament of Religions
September 11, 1893
Chicago, Illinois

Sisters and Brothers of America,

"It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. l thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of the millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to the southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings:

"As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee."

The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world, of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita:

"Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to Me."

Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time has come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal."

reprinted with permission