When Eknathji had gone to meet Sri Devilal Chaudhari to get donation from Haryana, Sri L.K. Advani was with him. In the meeting, Eknathji explained about the memorial for Swami Vivekananda and the need for donation. He gave him a pamphlet and a copy of the one-rupee folder. Sri Devilal said perhaps seeing the standing photo of Swami Vivekananda with a turban, "Areh ye to Jat hai Na? (Oh! He is a Jat, isn't it?)" Sri Advaniji was about to refute him, Eknathji stopped him quietly pressing his hand on him.
Sri Devilal said, "It is all right, I shall see to it that Haryana Government also gives Rs. one lakh as donation for the Memorial".
After coming out, Sri Advaniji asked, "Why did you not refute it?" Eknathji said simply, "Do you mean to say, that I should say no, Vivekananda was not a Jat and he was a Bengali? Swamiji was a Bengali, Tamilian, Jat, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Naga, Kashmiri and everyone. As he is the source of inspiration to all Indians, and if every Indian feels he belongs to him, should we refute it?" Of course, Sri Advaniji had nothing to say to it.