March 12, 1997, Evening
Swami enquired about Sri V.K. Narasimhan’s throat…
V.K.N.: Yes Swami, there is so much pain that I am not even able to speak.
Swami: (Humorously) You fought with your wife. That is why you lost your voice.
Student: Swami, throat infection, and unbearable pain.
Swami: Cut your throat and throw it in Chitravati. (Jokingly)
Student: Please Swami, it is paining too much.
Swami: Nothing will happen, don’t worry.
Student: Swami, Prasadam
Swami: Prasadam? (Swami asked one student to get the Vibhuti bag from inside. He gave Vibhuti packets to the sick student. To a 1st standard student who was celebrating his birthday…) Where do you come from? (No reply from the student) Which language? Telugu, Tamil, Kannada?
Student: Telugu, Swami. (He answered very softly)
Teacher: Swami, he is a Telugu student.
Swami: Where do you come from? (In Telugu)
Student: Kothacheruvu, Swami,
Swami: Kothacheruvu? This Kothacheruvu (a town near Puttaparthi) or some other one?
Student: This Kothacheruvu.
Then Swami created Vibhuti for him and asked him to raise his hands. The student raised his tiny hands, but they did not reach Swami’s hand. So, a teacher caught his hand and raised it up. Swami kept the Vibhuti in his hands…
Swami: I am an old man. I cannot bend. (Swami enquired from many students about their journeys homewards. To one student…) Kab Ka Book Kiya?) (For which date did you book your ticket?)
Student: Swami, first.
Student: Swami, Punjab.
Swami: Punjab! (To another student) You?
Student: Swami, April first.
Then Swami distributed chocolates to all the students sitting in the middle portico.In the Bhajan Hall, Swami talked to a visiting professional tabla player. When Swami came near him, he opened a bag and showed his tabla to Swami.
Tabla player: Swami, I brought this tabla.
Swami: Keep it with you. Swami wants your Love. Tumhara Prem Chahiye.
Tabla player: For the Mandir.
Swami: What does Mandir want? Mandir’s property is Mandir only.