June 15, 1995
Bhagavan came out of His residence to the Mandir portico at 3.55 pm for Darshan. The President of India (Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma) and the first lady of the country were present to receive His blessings. Swami granted them an interview.
Later while speaking to the doctors…
Swami : The President wanted to stay for two days. I told him that a lot of work is going on and so he should return on the same day. I told the President to cut down the security costs and that the ministers should minimise costs when they go on tour. This will be a good example of ‘Ceiling on Desires’.
Swami also mentioned that the President, Prime Minister and many others wanted to come for His 70th Birthday, but with so many people around, it will be difficult to provide accommodation to all the dignitaries.
After a while,
Swami: (To a student) How many pillars are there in the Mandir?
Swami : Wrong, without even counting, how did you say nine?
Student : Swami, Divine number.
Swami then went on to explain how the number nine was a divine number.
Swami : Divinity is constant. So also the number nine. Multiply 9 with any number. Add up the digits of the answer. It totals to nine, always. For example:
9 x 12 = 108; 1+0+8=9
9 x 13 = 117; 1+1+7=9
Number eight represents Maya. Maya keeps diminishing. For example, if we take:
8 x 1= 8
8 x 2 =16; 6+1=7
8 x 3 = 24; 2+4=6
8 x 4 =32; 3+2=5
Source: Students with Sai: Conversations (1991-2000)