At the same time, like his guru, Sri Ramakrishna, Vivekananda fully believed in universality, cosmopolitanism and compassion.
He could be equally at home in poor homes and princely quarters, be sumptuously hosted by the rich and the powerful and also share the coarse chapatti of a scavenger or share the hookah with a cobbler.
It is he, who even before Gandhi, reinvented and effectively used the older religious idiom of God especially residing in the lowly and the poor (daridranarayan).
In his perception, the movement had to originate in the common people and benefit such themselves.
Vivekananda always insisted on grass-roots reforms, not agendas imposed from above of which the common man had little or no understanding.