Sri Sathya Sai Conversations with Lion Dance Students

Sri Sathya Sai with Students in the Poornachandra Auditorium

December 10, 2001 (Monday)

Inside Poornachandra Auditorium

As per Swami’s instructions, students had come to the Poornachandra Auditorium for the Lion Dance practice. Swami came after sometime along with some elders to see the practice. The students showed a costume stitched with the cloth given by Swami the previous day.

Swami corrected the mistakes committed by the students during the practice session. He again stressed on the mistake committed by the students the previous day – the distance between the student at the head of the Lion and the one at the tail was not being maintained. It looked like a Lion with a broken back as a dip was formed at the centre. Swami called some of the ‘Lions’ separately and made them do the steps individually. He was describing their movements to the elders present there. A wonderful interaction followed thereafter…

At around 4.45 pm when the practice was over, the Warden signalled to the boys to come and sit around Swami’s feet.

Swami    :    Who called you all here? I did not call. Did your Warden call you?

Swami was asking some of the students their names and the places they come from.

Swami    :    (To Arvind, a student of the first year M.Sc. (Physics) class) Which place? 

Student    :    Rajahmundry.

Swami    :    What is father’s name? (The student mentioned his father’s name.
Then Swami mentioned his surname and asked) Is it not?

Student    :    Yes, Swami.

Warden    :    Swami, the student studied in Gurukulam. (Sri Sathya Sai Gurukulam is Swami’s school in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh.)

Swami    :    Yes, I know, I know. (To Shashi Kiran, a student of first year M.Sc. (Mathematics) class) Where do you come from?

Student    :    Mysore.

(The following conversation between Swami and the student was in Kannada.)

Swami    :    How many years since you came?

Student    :    Swami, three years.

Swami    :    Where in Mysore (do you stay)?

Student    :    Swami, Vidyaranyapuram.

Swami    :    Do you want Vibhuti?

Student    :    Yes, Swami. (Swami created Vibhuti and gave him.)

Swami    :    (Pointing to another student) Telangana?

Student    :    No Swami. Anantapur.

Meanwhile a student showed Bhagavan two bowls of fried groundnuts.

Student    :    Will You eat, Swami?

Swami    :    No, I won’t eat. I do not eat at any odd time I want to. You all eat.

Another student also requested Bhagavan.

Student    :    Swami, if You take, we will be very happy.

(Then Swami took one groundnut, broke it into two and gave one piece each to two of the students.)

Student    :    Swami, at least take water.

Swami    :    Water is fine.

When this student showed the tumbler, Bhagavan dipped His finger a little into the water and placed a drop on His tongue. He then looked at a card that was held by a student.

Swami    :    What is this?

Student    :    Swami, Orchestra competition. (As part of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet, various competitions are conducted within all the Campuses of the Institute.)

Warden    :    Swami, today evening there is a music competition. We have divided all the students into four houses.

Swami    :    How many are there?

Warden    :    Swami, approximately 20 students per group.

Swami    :    (Pointing to the students present there) No. How many among these? (Two boys raised their hands.) Only two!!

Warden    :    Swami, one plays Sitar. 

Student    :    Swami, I know only a little of Sitar. For competition, I am playing Tabla.

Swami    :    (To the other boy) You?

Student    :    Singer, Swami.

Swami    :    Sinner! (The boy nodded his head.)

Swami    :    (To the boys sitting nearby) What do you play?

Students    :    Swami, we do not play anything. (Swami then created Vibhuti for the two boys who were participating in the Orchestra competition.)

Swami    :    Do well. My blessings are there with you all. (To the Lion Dance coach) Kaisa Hai Hamaara Boys? (How are My boys?)

The coach did not understand, so the Warden translated it for him.

Coach    :    Backbone is weak, Swami.

Swami    :    Boys should do exercises. Boy at the back of the lion should be taller than the one at the front. If necessary they can be exchanged. (Then after a pause.) No, no. Don’t exchange. If you keep on exchanging they will not be able to learn properly. Don’t worry. They will learn.

Warden    :    Every morning boys do exercises.

Swami    :    What, don’t you go to Institute?

Warden    :    No, Swami. There is time after Suprabhatam and before breakfast.
Boys do during that time.

Swami    :    Till what time are you all there?

Warden    :    Swami, we are there till 6.30 am.

After a little while…

Swami    :    Boys are tired. You all go now.

Swami then went inside and sent word for boys to wait. Then Swami got Prasadam to distribute. Referring to the Prasadam, which was a big Laddu (a sweet)…

Swami    :    (Smiling) This is not Tirupati Prasadam! (In the temple town of Tirupati, in Andhra Pradesh, huge Laddus are given as Prasadam. They are very popular in South India for their taste.)

Swami enquired if everybody got Prasadam. He blessed all the students and went inside.

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