Once Narendra, (later day Swami Vivekananda) was discussing with his friends about showing compassion to the poor, downtrodden and neglected sections of the society to make the country great. Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa overheard their conversation and exclaimed in trance
“Compassion for living beings, compassion for living beings! Thou fool! An insignificant worm crawling on earth, thou to show compassion to others! No, no, it is not compassion for others, but it must be service to all creatures, recognizing that all creatures are God”.
Narendra alone understood the real message of his Guru. The message was:
“Service of man, knowing him to be the manifestation of God, purifies the heart, and in no time such an aspirant realizes himself as part and parcel of God. This is the only way of emancipation”.