“Newspapers always blow up wrong issues…”

Sunday, November 5, 2000

In the evening, in the third block…

Swami    :    (Regarding the Grama Seva) Newspapers always blow up issues, especially the wrong ones. Students are doing so much of good work, they don’t even make a mention about it. Anantapur Campus people want to go to Bukkapatnam town. They are even ready to go in lorries.

Prof. A. K.    :    Swami, they can go and do Seva. But we may not be able to make food packets from 12.00 pm to 5.00 am (the time during which every night, the students and staff from the Anantapur Campus packed the food for Grama Seva).

Swami    :    You all should do that also.

Prof. A. K.    :    Swami, today the Laddus were big. Tamarind rice was also good.

Swami    :    Chiranjeevi Rao said that lemon rice would be made tomorrow.
        (To a student who was showing a letter) What is there in the letter?

Student    :    Swami, I have poured out my heart in the letter.

Swami    :    You poured out your heart! Even if the ocean becomes the ink and sky becomes the paper, it can’t be emptied. (Swami read the letter and materialised a ring for him. Talking about the amount of food people eat)

I don’t like eating too much. I take only when it is required. I don’t have two things – sleep and hunger. (Narrating the earlier years) Those days,  I used to go to Bombay from Bangalore (by car) during night. I used to joke and tell stories so that the driver remained awake. We would start at six in the evening and reach Bombay by 6.30 am in the morning… Grama Seva Prasadam should be given at the staff quarters also.

Prof. A. K.    :    Swami, we gave there on the first day.

Swami    :    One day, Prasadam should be given inside Prasanthi Nilayam too. When are you going to give Me?

Warden    :    Swami, when we give the villagers, we give with the feeling that we are giving You.

Swami    :    (Smiling) Abho! Abho! (Oh! Oh!)

After Bhajans, Swami retired to the Poornachandra residence.

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