Swami came at 4.30 pm. Coming near the Jhoola, Swami smiled at a General, who came forward with a parcel.
General : For the band, we have selected and recorded a few Bhajans. The cassette has the music. The scores are laminated for the band boys to see and play. (The General showed the cassette and some music scores to Swami.)
Swami : Keep it inside. Sit down. (Swami then turned to a Prof. Radhaswamy, Associate Dean, School of Buisness Management at Swami’s University) When did you come?
Teacher : This morning, Swami.
Swami : How are the Ph.D. boys?
Teacher : Ok. I met them now.
Swami : (Smiling) Boys are good. Mind screw is loose. Did you come from Parthi or from your place.
Teacher : I came to Bangalore to days before, from Chennai.
Swami then gave a Discourse, the gist of the Divine Discourse is as follows:
Many speak about gratitude without knowing the meaning. In a wordly sense, gratitude means not forgetting the good done to us. The Syndicate Bank has as its logo, a dog. It refers to gratitude. There are three types of men in the world. First is the one who always has body attachment. He is similar to an animal. The next is the one who has his basis on the mind, Manas. He is a Manishi, human. The third one loves the Atma. He is Divine. Man is the unity of all these three aspects body, mind and Atma. There are two types of flies. One is the ordinary fly which sits on rubbish as well as sweets. The second is the honeybee, which searches only for honey in flowers. It collects the honey from all the flowers, stores them in one place, and gives it to others. Similarly, students should collect sacred things from different places, and share them with others, giving them joy. This is real gratitude.
Once a king kept an exhibition with different items. Anyone could take anything they wanted from the exhibition. But a college girl, who came there, told that she would like to have the king. By having the king, she got all things in the exhibition too. Similarly we should aspire for that by getting which we will get everything. God is the basis of all creation. We must fill our life with eternal Divine Love. Wherever we go, that fragrance will come along with us. That is the sacred life.
Aarti was offered at 5.55 pm and Swami gave Prasadam trays to students and blessed all from the balcony before retiring for the day.