October 1, 1997
Swami : (To a teacher) Today’s paper for the 1st year MBA students was difficult. Those who did B.Sc. and Engineering, for them it was difficult, but for the B.Com students, it was easy because it was Accounts. 3rd is the last exam – Rural Development (II year MBA/MFM) - easy paper. Swami has spoken many times about that topic.
Teacher : Swami Itna Patience Kaisa Develop Karta Hai? (How do You develop so much of patience?)
Swami : (After a pause) It is My nature. Today I gave interview to Greek people. (Pointing to a tall man in the group) He is a world champion in high jump.
Teacher : World number three, Swami.
Swami : How do you know?
Teacher : I met him, Swami.
Swami : Yes, world number three. In that group, one lady has also gone to the moon. One girl is the 3000 meters running champion. (Then He called the leader of the group) See how he is coming, with lot of devotion. (To the devotee) From where have you come?
Devotee : From You.
Swami : They came walking from Bangalore chanting - Om Sri Bhagavan Sathya Sai Babaya Namaha, with each step.
Devotee : Yes Swami.
Swami : What did you have for food?
Devotee : Swami, we had bananas and coconut water.
Swami : How did you carry the luggage?
Devotee : Swami, no luggage… only one small bed. We slept in the temples at night.
Swami : So many sports people are coming from Greece.
Devotee : In the newspapers, they write so much about You in Greece.
Teacher : Ultimately everybody has to come to You.
Swami : Yes.
Devotee : Swami, Padanamaskar.
Swami : Why Padanamaskar?
Devotee : You are My Lord, Swami.
Swami : Chesko (do). (To students) See, how much devotion he has.
Source: Students with Sai: Conversations (1991-2000)