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Sri Ramakrishna was ready to forego His pilgrimage to serve the distressed. Herein is the seed of the Ramakrishna Movement which emphasises the worship of "The Living God".

One day, at Dakshineswar, the Master was speaking about the three salient disciplines of Vaishnava religion: love of God's name, compassion for all living beings and service to the devotees.
Repeating the word compassion he said to the assembled devotees, "How foolish to speak of compassion! Man is an insignificant worm crawling on earth - and he is to show compassion to others! This is absurd. It must not be compassion, but service to all. Recognize them as God's manifestations and serve them." Only Narendra (Later Swami Vivekananda) understood the implication of the Master's words. Leaving the room he said to others: What a wonderful light I have discovered in those words of the Master! How beautifully he has reconciled the ideal of Bhakti with the knowledge of Vedanta, generally interpreted as dry, austere and incompatible with human sentiments! What a grand, natural and sweet synthesis! Those following the paths of Karma and Yoga are similarly benefited by these words of the Master. The embodied being cannot remain even for a minute without activity. All his activities should be directed towards the service of man, the manifestation of God on earth, and this will accelerate his progress towards the goal. If it be the will of God, I shall one day proclaim this noble truth before the world at large. I shall make it the common property of all - the wise and the foolish, the rich and the poor, the Brahmin and the Pariah."

Thus Narendra conceived Service to the humanity as a grand idea at an early age. After the passing away of the Master in 1886, the close band of sixteen disciples took monastic vows. Narendra (now as Swami Vivekananda) undertook to travel the length and breadth of his motherland. He studied the living conditions of the people.

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