On his way to Calcutta, specially in Madras, Swamiji had come inspiring his fellow countrymen. He had appealed, “Be an ideal man. Serve your countrymen in the same way as you serve and worship God. Be mentally very strong. Never forget that you can accomplish whatever you wish. Strength is latent within you. It is man who has done everything towards human progress. Now, you shall have to do a lot for the sake of your country. You must not be scared of anything. Be fearless”.
Swamiji had shown also the practical way to serve men as living God. At the Baranagar monastery, the young disciples of Sri Ramakrishna took to sanyasa. Swamiji started this mission with the help of them. At the call of Swamiji many had joined the Math by this time. He employed them in the service of men. He stressed, “Service of men as God brings the same result as obtained by the ritual worship of God”.
In Calcutta, scores were dying of plague at that time. The disease was of awful type and everybody was dead scared of it. Swamiji along with his brother monks started attending on the plague patients. He declared, “Carry on with your nursing. Do not worry about fund. We shall not fight shy of selling
the very estate of the monastery, if necessary”.
- Swami Vivekananda