He was greatly concerned and wanted to start relief operations immediately to help the afflicted. When a gurubhai asked him whence the money was to come, Swami Vivekananda said, "Why, we shall sell the newly bought Math grounds, if necessary. We are sannyasis, and shall live on alms and sleep under trees as before."
Swami Vivekananda was seeking not only to give the Western disciples a better understanding of Hindu culture, but to instill into their hearts a genuine love for India, for here in India he appeared before them not only as a spiritual teacher but as a patriot, a worker for the regeneration of his motherland, "with all the vain struggle and torture of a lion caught in a net." Miss MacLeod tells us that, once having asked Swamiji how she could best serve him, she had received the answer, "Love India."