December 11, 1997
Swami : (To a student) How are you?
Student : Happy.
Swami : What is happiness? Happiness is union with God. (After a pause) Not with wife!!
(To a teacher) Who is doing the torch work? (referring to the torch to be made for the Annual Sports Meet of the Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions.)
Teacher : Swami, some 2nd P.G students are taking care of it.
Swami : Don’t make any animal structures like horse or donkey. Pakshi Cheste Baaguntundi. (It will be good if you make the troch in the form of a bird,)
December 12, 1997
To the students who are preparing the torch…
Swami : Enduku Chata Techaru? (Why did you bring winnowing basket?)
Then the students showed some models. Swami told that He had already seen them in the afternoon. Swami liked one of them. The teacher, who was in charge told Swami that it was an eagle and the model would be brown in colour.
Swami : Make a dove. You should make it beautiful, cricketers seeing it should be surprised. Even the Prime Minister will be present.
Students : Yes, Swami.