Extension in the US of the Ramakrishna Mission (see Hinduism, 7). Resulted from lectures on Vedanta philos. (see Brahmanism, 4) delivered 1894 in NYC by Vivekananda.* Organized and inc. 1898. Grew to 13 centers in the US 1973. Claims no attempt to form a new sect or creed; tries to set forth the end of wisdom and how it is attained and to give religion a philos. and scientific basis.
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