January 5, 1998
Teacher : Swami, what help does an Avatar need?
Swami : I do not need any help. Whatever help I ask you to do is for your own good and spiritual elevation.
Teacher : Swami, when an Avatar asks for help, does it not mean to help ourselves?
Swami : Yes, Avatar doesn’t need any help. Any small help that I ask you to do is for your own good.
Swami : (To a student) Are you performing an item called ‘Manpower’ for the Sports Meet?
Student : Swami, we are doing ‘Man vs. Machine’.
Swami : Pulling trucks?
Student : No, Swami. Pulling two cars.
Swami : Where is that ‘Manpower’ boy? (Speaking in the context of the Sports Meet practices; 'Manpower' was the name of one of the events the students were going to present during the Sports Meet.)
Students : He went for practice.
Swami : What practice?
Students : Swami, ‘Man vs. Machine’.
Swami : Even ladies can pull two cars. It is very easy, but they exhibit it in such a way that it looks really difficult. Even the Piano Man (Referring to a fat person) can push it with his tummy and make it start moving. Even the Trumpet Man (Another fat person) can do that. (Jokingly)
Source: Students with Sai: Conversations (1991-2000)