October 19, 2002 (Saturday)
As per the usual practice, a drama is presented on the evening of the University Convocation day. Swami asked the Brindavan Warden, to supervise the preparations and He was Himself guiding its progress personally.
Swami : (To the Warden) Do not bring any topic about religion in the Convocation drama. There are clashes, as such, among people belonging to different religions. The present situation in the country is not good. All over, the people are quarreling in the name of religion. So better avoid any reference to such a thing. Ours is only one religion – the religion of love. Rather, concentrate on the topic of education for all. That would be much better. The President (Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam) is the Chief Guest. It is appropriate if we concentrate on education in the drama.
Teacher : The President likes students and the topic of education. At his swearing-in-ceremony, he even invited some children.
Swami : Today, everything is politicized. Giving water, education, etc., everything is used for Swalaabha (for selfish purposes). Broad feelings for the nation are amiss in the leaders.
Teacher : Swami has once said, “We have not achieved unity though we achieved independence”.
Swami : I have always been saying that nothing can be achieved unless all people work united. Mere independence of the country is not enough.
As it was time for morning Bhajans, Swami went into the Bhajan hall.
October 25, 2002 (Friday)
As per Swami’s blessings, the series of talks every evening by students belonging to different classes continued for an entire week and were scheduled to conclude today. Two students belonging to the second year postgraduate classes gave the talks after Swami sat in His chair in the portico. After the talk, Swami indicated to one of the first year MBA students, Shashank Shah, sitting in the fifth row to come to the portico.
Swami : Baat Karta Hai? (Will you give a talk?)
Shashank : Yes, Swami.
Swami : (Smiling mischievously) Lekin Tumhara Naam Announce Nahin Kiya, Kaise Baat Kar Sakta Hai? (Your name has not been announced, how can you give a talk?)
Shashank : Swami, You indicated to me to come here. That’s why I came.
Swami : (Smiling and satisfied with the answer) Achha. Achha (Good). Where do you come from?
Shashank : From Bombay, Swami.
Swami : Achha. Baat Karo (Good. Go and give a talk). (After the talk, Swami asked Shashank to sing. He sang a song in Hindi ‘Hamein Tumse Pyaar Kitna Yeh Hum Nahi Jaante, Magar Jee Nahi Sakte Tumhare Bina’ (We don’t know how much we love You, but we can’t live without You.).
|Shashank Shah speaks in the presence of Sri Sathya Sai|
Swami expressed His happiness and asked Shashank to sit down. As Swami got up and was moving towards the interview room, He told the teachers smilingly.) See, the boy whom I selected spoke much better than the boys you selected!