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Madame Marie Louise/Swami Abhayananda, one of Swami Vivekananda's first two Western-born followers, was initiated into sannyasa in 1895 by Swami Vivekananda in the United States.

She had been connected with radical movements in New York, where she had resided as a naturalized American citizen, while being French by origin.

She threatened to switch her allegiance to Theosophy in 1897, citing a lack of support as head of the New York Vedanta Society during Vivekananda's absence in England.

She founded the Advaita Society in Chicago shortly after.

Abhayananda left the Ramakrishna organization in 1899 after teaching independently in India, reportedly because Vivekananda had preached that Ramakrishna was an avatar, however Vivekananda's adherents have ascribed her behavior to personal ambition.

She went on to develop the New York-based School of Mind and Soul Culture.

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See also: 

Avatara; Ramakrishna Math and Mission; Ramakrishna, Sri; Samnyasa; Theosophy and the Theosophical Society; Vivekananda, Swami

References And Further Reading:

French, H.W. 1974. The Swan’s Wide Waters. New York: Kennikat Press.