Tuesday, June 27, 2000
After morning interview, Swami went out in His car for overseeing the construction of the Music College. On the way, He saw one Research Scholar and asked him for a letter that he was holding during Darshan on the previous day. The Research Scholar informed Swami that he was not having the letter at present. Swami told him to go and get the letter from the Hostel and took the same on His way back to Mandir.
The evening Darshans started at 3.07 pm. The former Union Home Minister, Sri SB Chavan was present today. After the interview, Swami gave some (health-related) books to the students newly selected for the Whitefield Hospital. After some time, Swami came to the Ganesh portico.
Swami : (To a student) How is your mother?
Student : Swami, happy.
Swami : Khush Hai? (Happy?)
Student : Very happy.
Swami : Only very happy. Not very, very, very happy. (Pointing to a group of boys) All these are M.B.A. boys. How many M.B.A. boys?
Students : Swami, 27.
Swami : M.F.M.
Students : Swami, 27.
Swami : II M.B.A.
Students : 26, Swami.
Swami : Final year boys. Going off… Very happy.
Students : No, Swami.
Swami : (Observing many with letters) I am not your postman that you are giving Me letters. (He went near Prof. Anil Kumar and saw him holding a book in his hands.) What is the book that you are reading?
Prof. A. K. : Swami, on Shankara.
Swami : (Swami took the book and flipped through few pages.) This is on Adi Shankara and not Shankara (Swami meant not the current Shankaracharya). How are the boys studying?
Prof. A. K. : Swami, they are studying well.
Swami : (Pointing to a School student) How is this boy studying?
Prof. A. K. : Swami, he is not studying in the Institute.
Swami : Then how did you say that he is studying well.
Prof. A. K. : Swami, I hear them studying while in Institute.
Swami : Your mind will then be there only. (Swami called the Institute Warden, Dr. Siva Sankara Sai) What are boys doing in the Hostel?
Warden : Swami, this morning, we did Laksharchana (literally meaning one lakh offerings, it is a ritual consisting of chanting the name of God while offering rice grains on His image/photo) in the Hostel.
Prof. A. K. : (Showing a pocket-size photo to Swami which was given to the students in the Hostel for Laksharchana) They gave this photo also.
Swami : (After having a look at the photo, Swami saw the back side of the photo, which had a picture of Mother Easwaramma. After observing it for a while) This is an old photo. In this photo, she is not looking very old.
(Swami pointed at a student to Prof. Anil Kumar and asked him if he knew him. Prof. Anil Kumar could not make out who that student was.) He acted in ‘Shirdi Sai-Parthi Sai’ tele-serial. Don’t you know him? Sai Baba…
(The student had acted in the Telugu serial made on Swami’s life by Smt. Anjali Devi as young Sathya.)
Teacher : Swami, he has become popular all over the state. Swami, they are creating a lot of confusion in Guntur in the name of religion. (Recently, in Guntur town there was lot of communal violence.) There is curfew for the last few days. The politicians are spoiling the name of religion.
Swami : For every confusion, the hands of politicians will be there!
Students : Swami, talk to us. (The students meant that Swami should come to the Institute.)
Swami : Talk! How are you? What is the breakfast? How is your health? See, I have talked. (Then Swami gave a mischievous smile.)
Students : Swami, come to the Institute.
Swami : How is your Vice-Chancellor? How is Registrar? (Again, He gave a mischievous smile.)
Students : Swami, please come to the Institute.
Swami : Your Vice-Chancellor is not asking Me. Only you are asking. (One student tried to call the Vice-Chancellor, Sri SV Giri) Dunnapotha. You should not signal to the Vice-Chancellor like that.